Contrabassoon Satisfaction

 Bassoons, contra-bassoons... they get a bad rep.   Any amateur or youth orchestra would kill for a decent bassoonist or two, (TWO?! Pinch me!), but for some reason uptake of the instrument in the early years is very low. Can't think why... Who wouldn't want to...

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New Appointment: The Lea Singers

I am delighted to announce that I will be taking up a new post as the conductor of the Lea Singers of Harpenden. I'll be taking over from the wonderful Ben Goodson, who leaves to take up the position of assistant conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir, under Hans-Hermann...

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High Note (1960)

This video was removed from YouTube after I first saw it in sixth form and it has JUST resurfaced on Vimeo. I'm so glad to finally have a link to share! This is a fabulous reminder of old-school animated movie techniques: Listen to how perfectly the score has been...

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New Appointment: The Hanover Choir

I am delighted to announce that from March 2016 I will be taking up a new post as the conductor of the Hanover Choir. I'll be taking over from Huw Morgan, who will be emigrating to New Zealand with his wife at the end of 2016. It's an amateur chamber choir of...

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Which Concerto? Bottom Clenching Moments In Musical History

I absolutely had to share this here as soon as I saw it, or at least as soon as I finished watching it several times! Maria Joao Pirez is a world renowned Portuguese concert pianist, who played her first public concerts at the age of 5. This clip is taken from a...

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£15,000 New Grant For Ermine Music

We're delighted to announce that Ermine Music has been awarded a further £15,000 from the Church and Communities Fund to continue their work improving access to the arts in the Lincoln area. This money will be used to expand and improve the service, which currently...

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Return To Shanghai

  I'm delighted to announce that I've been asked to travel back to Shanghai this summer with Ralph Allwood and the Junior Eton Choral Courses.  

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Media Showreel

Here's a short compilation of tellyvisual and radio stuff from last year which features my face quite a bit. I've really enjoyed putting this together, with the aid of the wonderful Robyn Forsythe from Union Pictures (www.unionpictures.tv). There are some lovely memories, like our gig for Wills and Kate in Lancaster House and of course, The Naked Choir. Bring on 2016! read more

How To Play Every Instrument At Once…

Meet the Eigenharp. An Eigenharp is an electronic instrument made by Eigenlabs, founded in 2006, which aims to recreate a whole host of orchestral instruments in one go. This is just not practical...  It features tonnes of high-tech gizmos, and is touch sensitive to...

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Thank You To Our Crowdfunder Supporters

Templar Scholars would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who supported our crowd funding campaign, in particular: John Roberts Oliver Steadman Voiceworks The London International Gospel Choir Edna from SGJS Frank St. John Shayanne Campbell Diane Holloway We...

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Weird Musical Talents: Geert Chatr-who?

Geert Chatrou is a Dutch musician who credits himself as the world's premier whistler.  It's a pretty big claim, when you're up against Flo Rida... But he seems to have pulled it off, winning the International Whistler's Convention in 2004, 2005 and 2008 and now...

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