Lotr- The Return of the King

I was involved in the live performances of Lord of the Rings at the Royal Albert Hall. I was playing cimbalom with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Lord of the Rings

I played on all the films in the Lords of the Rings Trilogy. I played hammered dulcimer as part of the Hobbit band for the scene where Gandalf rides into the Shire. I remember the first recording session at a Abbey Road studios very well because it was the 11th of September 2001.

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I recently played solo dulcimer on the soundtrack of the movie Hercules. The music by Fernando Velasquez was recorded in Abbey Road 2.

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Wolf Hall at the Aldwych

I am here at the Aldwych for a limited run of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies playing percussion and second MD. There are five band members playing the score by Stephen Warbeck calls for cimbalom/percussion, percussion, guitar, clarinet and harp/recorder.

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The Winters Tale April 2014

This is the stage band in The Winter’s Tale a ballet by Chris Wheeldon and Joby Talbot. While it is written for dulcimer, the music required a portable chromatic instrument with a 3.3 octave range. I designed and built a new instrument with Tim Manning of Music Magic which we have called a dulcilom. The other members are Eliza Marshall, Ian Watson, Rob Farrer and Jez Wiles. Check these clips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSMZ6_BeqeM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS1cUOVpxyQ

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The Commission Royal Opera House 17th March 2014

The Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music and Opera North brings forth two new chamber operas. This is the first time I have ever played a one player part that included cimbalom and percussion.

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Montreux Jazz Festival 1994

Here at Montreux in 1994, the main stage on the same bill as Chick Corea.

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2 Cimbalom version of ‘Les Noces’ Igor Stravinsky

Excerpt from the 1982 film about Igor Stravinsky ‘Once at a Border’ by Tony Palmer. John Leach and I play the rare 2 cimbalom version of the ballet ‘Les Noces’.

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Cimbalom in Monti’s Csardas with Nigel Kennedy

The Brit Awards with Nigel Kennedy at the Royal Albert Hall. I am playing cimbalom in a duet with him on Monti’s Csardas.

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Minotaur opera Harrison Birtwhistle

I was involved in a production of the opera ”Minotaur” by Harrison Birtwhistle at the Royal Opera House playing cimbalom.

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