Bobbie-Jane Gardner Arranges and Orchestrates Alicia Keys 'If I Ain't Got You' for Netflix and Queen Charlotte

 Over the last couple of months, it has been an out-of-this-world experience for Bobbie-Jane Gardner to work with Alicia Keys on creating an orchestral version of 'If I Ain't Got You'. So exciting to see the Music Video come out yesterday, a celebration of women working in music, from the musicians to Bobbie as arranger, to conductor and music video director. What a wonderful way to celebrate the new Netflix Series Queen Charlotte, a Bridgerton Story

Find out more at Rolling Stone

Huge congrats to all those involved, including the inspiring work of my composer Bobbie-Jane Gardner!


Dani Howard Signs to BirdSong Music Publishing

Composer Dani Howard and Birdsong Music Publishing (set up by HarrisonParrot) are excited to announce Dani signing a worldwide exclusive deal this week; in doing so she joins such names as Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Freya Waley-Cohen

 Dani Howard’s reputation as a composer, particularly in orchestral music has been growing fast in recent years, first coming to major public attention with her Royal Philharmonic Society Award-winning Trombone concerto in 2021. Read more about the announcement here at Classical Explorer.

Composer Dani Howard nominated for two South Bank Sky Arts Awards!

Hugely excited to announce today that composer Dani Howard has been nominated twice for the South Bank Sky Arts Awards – the first and only awards ceremony to celebrate every genre of the arts, including Dance, Theatre, Pop, TV Drama, Film, Classical Music, Literature, Opera, Comedy and Visual Art.

Dani is nominated in the classical category for her hugely successful trombone concerto performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and exceptional Tronmbonist Peter Moore.

Dani has also been nominated for the Times Breakthrough Award which shines a spotlight on up-and-coming talent in the British Arts; nominated alongside Dani are Gabrielle Creevy (TV Drama), Liz Kingsman (Comedy), Catriona Ward (Literature), Nardus Williams (Opera), Rachel Jones (Visual Art), Emily Suzuki (Dance), Samuel Creasey (Theatre), Emilia Jones (Film) and Wet Leg (Pop). Previous winners include playwright Samuel Bailey, actors Jessie Buckley and Tom Hiddleston, and musicians Nubya Garcia and Stormzy.

The awards are being held on Sunday 10 July, presented by Melvyn Bragg,  at The Savoy Hotel and will air on Wednesday 13 July at 10pm on Sky Arts, UK. 

Naomi Belshaw makes history to becomes the first Woman Chair of the Three Choirs Festival

The Three Choirs Festival has appointed Naomi Belshaw to the role of chair of Board of Directors. Naomi Belshaw will be the first woman chair in the festival’s history and will succeed Dr Timothy Brain OBE, who, during a significant tenure as Chair, has seen the professionalisation of the organisation and vital modernisation of The Three Choirs Festival. Thought to be the longest-standing classical music festival in the world, it celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2015!

Naomi steps up to the role of Chair as the festival announces a brand-new website, and with 3 weeks to go until priority booking opens for the Hereford 2022 festival. Full details of the festival’s exciting programme will be available online from 25 March onwards, but preview details of the evening Cathedral concert can be found here

Dr Alexis Paterson, Three Choirs Festival Chief Executive, said: ‘I’m looking forward to working with Naomi as we plan for some exciting and ambitious projects at Three Choirs over the coming years. Naomi brings a wealth of experience and expertise to a board and organisation optimistic about the future and committed to ensuring the festival’s long-term impact for local communities. I’m grateful to Timothy for his dedication to the festival during my time as CEO and before, particularly in helping to bring about the successful merger of the three separate Three Choirs charities into a single unified organisation.

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.’ 

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