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.
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.
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
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.