Ludlow Gin - Make Ludlow Whisky - A Little More Dram - atic

I couldn't resist writing about this new whisky. It so closely brings together my love of music and whisky. With Ludlow Gin being so linked to the Three Choirs Festival and also the Philharmonia Orchestra. Let me say no more here, but do check out my whisky blog to learn more! 

Dani Howard Wins RPS Award for her Trombone Concerto

I am delighted to announce that Dani Howard has just received an RPS award for her Trombone Concerto performed by the star trombonist Peter Moore and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Domingo Hindoyan earlier in 2021. Reviewed by The Times at its premiere it was labelled 'An instant classic". It is an honour and a privilege to work with such a talented composer, Congratulations Dani !!!

Isolated Pieces, a unique Charity Album supporting Youth Music that brought together 27 musicians during the lockdown, first single out this Friday!


‘Isolated Pieces’ is a unique album conceived by composer-curator-producer Colin Riley

It will be released on Bandcamp and streaming platforms via Squeaky Kate label on 25th February 2022 with all proceeds going to support the charity Youth Music. This organisation, like all the contributors to this album, believes that every young person should have the chance to change their life through music. 

It’s an epic album of 18 tracks involving 27 artists who have all contributed fragments to the jigsaw puzzle of the album independently. Still no one knows who else is involved and how they are connected to one another!  (With everyone from Steve Hackett, Benjamin Zephaniah, Mandhira de Saram to Elisabeth Nygård involved) Watch out as singles are released over the next months to celebrate this album and raise money for Youth Music.

The first single 'I Dance as I Rise' is due to be released this Friday 17th September - so please go to Squeaky Kate on Bandcamp to get your copy this week!

Time to Submit new works for PRS Foundation's Resonate

I am excited to announce that the PRS Foundation's Resonate database (in partnership with the Association of British Orchestras) is accepting as yet unregistered commissions from the last 25 years. I am overseeing this update so please get in touch for more information

Dani Howard Trombone Concerto, an Instant Classic

Very excited to see the critical reception to Dani's first concerto on the 17th June, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and trombone soloist Peter Moore, principal of the London Symphony Orchestra. Described as “an instant classic… lush… riveting…” Richard Morrison, The Times. "Howard’s concerto is a work of substance and frequent beauty." Seen and Heard international 

It is still possible to listen to the concert on Radio 3 catch up and buy a ticket to stream the concert from the RLPO website. Please do check it out!

Naomi Belshaw stepping up to become Vice-Chair of the Three Choirs Festival

The Three Choirs Festival has appointed a new Association Vice-Chair to their Board of Trustees, amidst planning for their 2021 summer festival from 24th July – 1st August in Worcester. Naomi Belshaw takes over as Association Vice-Chair from Clare Wichbold who is stepping down from the board, after being involved with the festival for over thirty years.  

Naomi joins Three Choirs ahead of the festival’s return to Worcester in the summer of 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival did not take place in 2020, the first time it had been forced to cancel since World War II. After a challenging year, the festival is now looking ahead to a hopeful future; planning is underway for this summer’s festival and programme details are due to be released in the coming weeks. 

Dr Alexis Paterson, Three Choirs Festival Chief Executive, said: ‘I’m delighted that Naomi is joining our board and know that her expertise will expand on and complement the skills of our existing directors. While this is a difficult time for all arts organisations, Naomi joins Three Choirs at a crucial point in our development and I look forward to working with her as we plan for an exciting future.’ 

It's been a while, but here is my latest whisky write up!

To celebrate my lockdown birthday I have chosen to write about a particularly special Japanese Whisky. Please do check out my whisky page for more! 

Composer Kemal Yusuf  joins Naomi Belshaw Consultancy

It is with great pleasure I announce the latest addition to Naomi Belshaw Consultancy, composer Kemal Yusuf. Naomi Belshaw will be working with Kemal on a long term basis; looking at future commissions, performances and career strategy. 

Kemal's fresh and dynamic approach to genre has seen him work successfully across musical theatre, jazz, film scores, large-scale orchestral works, and Instagram live improvisations.  

Hannah Kendall Announced as final composer in residence for London Oriana Choir's five15

I am excited to share that Hannah Kendall will be London Oriana Choir’s final five15 Composer-in-Residence.  This project that I currently manage was created to commission 15 new pieces by five women composers to further promote their music, and create additional repertoire. The residency will begin in July 2021. Hannah will write three pieces, the final of which will be performed as part of a festival concert also presenting other works from the whole commission set by composers Jessica Curry, Rebecca Dale, Cheryl Francis-Hoad, and Anna Disley-Simpson. 

For more on this announcement please do check out Planet HugillClassical Source and  Colin's Column                                                                                                   

                  Keep your eye out as London Oriana Choir and I develop this project, which we plan to culminate with a day of events in summer 2022                                                                                                              

And this week my home Whisky is?

My home drunk whisky this week is from a wonderful independent bottler, Cadenhead's, one of the oldest in Scotland and a bit of a surprise of a dram. For more on this whisky and the rest of my home collection paired with classical music go to my Whisky Blog! 

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