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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Trespass by Mark Anthony Turnage at Royal Opera House July 2012.

July 2012 saw the premier of the ballet ”Trespass” by Mark Anthony Turnage at the Royal Opera House. It was part of a collaboration with the National Gallery called Metamorphosis Titian. I played the cimbalom in a very complex score.

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