Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ – how a song changed my life

This past Thursday [20 October] I took part in a very interesting live session, the OneTrackMinds at The Tabernacle, in London. OneTrackMinds consisted of two nights with six guests sharing stories about the song that changed their life and I believe this would be the time to confess that it took me less than a minute to choose my song. … Read More

Sounds of Science: telling our story through music

Wednesday 30 March 2016 saw the world premiere of a ground-breaking piece of music, the Sounds of Science. The Sounds of Science is an audio narrative which reveals the awe-inspiring story of how humans have changed the world over the last 10,000 years. The soundscape details science and engineering discoveries as diverse as fire, paper manufacturing and the steam engine … Read More

A Feast for the Senses

We’re surrounded by sound, art and movement, which feed through every aspect of our world. From media to architecture, advertisement to passing car radios, we’re engulfed in a multitude of sounds and images that either plague or delight our senses. From buskers to classical music, pavement art to fine ‘gallery’ art – the range is broad and getting broader every day. … Read More

Are you coming from the heart?

Since I began learning and playing percussion, and indeed piano and clarinet, there has been a fascination about how I can possibly accomplish these things with a severe hearing loss impairment. In the early years it was inconceivable that I would be able to participate, let alone carve a new career as a solo percussionist. Over the years I have … Read More

When Michael met Kai…

Last week  I met with Kai Steensgard and Michael Hansen. They are a dynamic duo who have created and built the Aluphone I used to perform the beautiful Caliban’s Dream to accompany the lighting of the flame at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. The instrument was conceived when Kai and Michael met at a trade fair. They got together following a friendly … Read More

‘Fusional Fragments’ and the Pied Piper

When I first discussed the idea of percussion and dance I was not completely sure how this would work out. Me in a tutu? Maybe not! However my subsequent meetings with Marc Brew filled me with excitement about this brand new project. Marc’s dancers have been extremely responsive to having me on stage and in amongst them with my instruments. My … Read More

A Dangerous Journey

As patron of AbleChildAfrica I am acutely aware of the challenges faced by many countries through poverty. More recently I have been made aware of another form of insidious crime against innocent young victims involving exploitation, abuse and degradation. Ruth Beni, Director of Animage Ltd, sent me a video depicting the plight of 2 young girls, Rose and Grace. She … Read More

Shadow Behind the Iron Sounds

I recorded a CD titled Shadow Behind the Iron Sun in 2004. The recording was totally improvised which gave me the freedom to create onto a blank canvas. Improvisation can be liberating and exciting but it can also be frightening at the same time because I am never sure where the inspiration is directly coming from. For me improvisation is … Read More

Reblogging a Blog

This week I am cheating! I am reblogging a blog! Well not quite, I did provide some of the raw data for the following blog on behalf of Audio Network Australia. Jess Ossington transformed my responses to her questions into a very readable article and I wanted to share some of their article with you. Real Instruments, Real Stories What if I … Read More

‘Just Listen’ in 3D!

Happy New Year, January for me is often an extremely busy Month. However I also appreciate the return to normality and the quiet after the Christmas celebrations. If I have the chance I like to try and take time, before the business of touring begins, to get my head around the schedule for the forthcoming year. I have been told … Read More