Ukepunk rocks Manchester

Punk rock on the ukulele doesn’t sound as if it would work, but it absolutely does – as Ukepunk and the Forty Thieves proved in Altrincham over the weekend.


Arts Council budget gets the chop

Arts Council funding gets the chop

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the government’s comprehensive spending review has resulted in the Arts Council’s budget being slashed. What does this mean for the country’s arts organisations?

Symphony No. 3 Eroica

Below are some excerpts from the narrative I wrote on behalf of the Two Moors Festival for Beethoven’s third symphony, also known as the Eroica. Of them all, this was the most interesting to research and the most entertaining to write and I feel I captured Beethoven’s tempestuous spirit particularly well here. My third is … Continue reading

Beethoven and Biscuits – CD launch

In 2008, I was commissioned by the Two Moors Festival to write ten-minute narratives for each of Beethoven’s nine symphonies for performance at the organisation’s main two-week event in October of that year. Needless to say, I was particularly excited about being involved in such an interesting project but I did approach it with a … Continue reading