From Quirky Saints to Love Island winners

I have had a busy couple of months. Bizarrely, in August my harp shared the stage with the recent 2018 winners of 'Love Island', a popular show that has been running on ITV. (I'm afraid I've never watched it but I didn't tell them that...) That was as part of the recent Edinburgh Television Festival, where I was delighted to have once again been asked to perform as part of the 'Sky Arts channel' exhibition stand. Alongside me was the super-talented and very personable Samira Addo, Portrait Artist of the Year 2018. She was busily painting the portraits of said winners. It was fascinating to speak with her and to watch her work. What a pleasure to meet such an interesting young woman.

Composing-wise I have recently finished my latest composition, a cantata (work for soloists, choir and orchestra) called 'Triduana'. I am excited that this will be premiered on 23rd March 2019 in central Edinburgh. The work is based on the life of a quirky saint, with libretto by Lynsay Downs.

I also have a couple of concerts coming up soon. You can catch me in the beautiful surroundings of Crichton Collegiate Church on Saturday 15th September, 5pm, performing alongside the Eternity Singers as part of a project by Edinburgh Christian Heritage. (Tickets on the door). The choral music will include works by Tallis, Bruckner and Mendelssohn. The same programme will be performed again at St Mary's in Haddington on 14th October at 4pm.