Dart’s Love

River Dart, River Dart, Every year Thou claim’st a Heart Devon Folk Legend A glorious, desperate love story with a dark twist, set in and starring a memorable river created by a trio of fabulous sopranos, Dart’s Love is a treat for the eyes and ears .…

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Cat-Astrophe

Cat-Astrophe was my second ‘Lite Bite’ pop-up opera for Tete a Tete Opera, commissioned for their 2013 Festival.  The piece, which reunited me with composer John Webb, combined puppetry, mime, button accordian and pitch black humour. ‘Thatcher’ foils a heartbroken lover’s suicide bids. But when…

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Love Bytes

Tete a Tete Opera Festival 2012.  ‘Love Bytes’.  Composer: Cheryl Frances Hoad.  A virtual romance. Two cyber lovers ask themselves exactly who is on the other end of the line…  Can you trust your heart in the digital age?  This was one of 4 a…

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Mr. Purcell: His Ground

“The Delight of the Nation and the Wonder of the World.” “Our all-pleasing Britain’s Orpheus.” “Harry the Great, the Blest!” Tributes from contemporaries Mr Purcell: His Ground was commissioned as the graduation show for English National Opera’s performance course ‘The Knack’ (2005-2006). Composer: David Knotts.…

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The Ballad of Slippery Jack

Following on from the success of ‘Lionhunt!’, composer John Webb and I were commissioned by English National Opera to write a second piece with a similar purpose – for pupils to learn and perform in school – this time for Key stage 2 (Year 5)…

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Lionhunt!

‘Lionhunt!‘ was a commission from ENO Baylis, written with composer John Webb, a specialist in Early Years music education. The brief was to write a piece for Key Stage 1 children – Years 1 & 2 – introducing them to the concept of an opera…

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For The Public Good

2004 saw my second collaboration with Orlando Gough for English National Opera, when we were asked to write a piece to mark the centenary of the refurbished London Coliseum. ‘Pro Bono Publico’ (‘For the Public Good’) was the motto of the theatre when it first opened,…

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Pierrot Pieces

In 1999 I was asked to write 2 pieces for the graduation production of ENO’s singers’ course ‘The Knack’, from which I myself graduated in 1998.  This marked the start of a series of happy collaborations with composer Orlando Gough. The main event on the…

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Stand

“A space resonant with the memories of past political protests.“ Neil Tennant, Pet Shop Boys “We have been patient too long.  We will be patient no longer“ Emmeline Pankhurst, Suffragette rally, 1906 “We’re here because we’re angry. We can make a difference and we will…

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Alligator Train

Composer, Orlando Gough. ‘Alligator Train’ – a commission from the Royal Opera House Education department, for an original contribution to their family concert series ‘Music, Myths and Monsters’. A singer and an 8-piece New Orleans-style jazz band (intended to perform as a traditional marching band,…

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