Archive of Interesting Things
I hate cringing over my past work as much as the next person, however these escaped the delete button. I think of them as snapshots of where I was at the time — some rough diamonds, perhaps. Enjoy!
Hybrid Violin Orchestra
Our first hybrid orchestra concert, by no means the last. Innovating through necessity. Give it another 5 years and we'll probably be doing all this through haptic holograms........
Violin Orchestra - Streets of London
Pandemic? wot pandemic? this might have been Saturday 11th July 2020, not the 13th. Either way, retrictions lifted at the last moment but we were going to be ready whatever it took ... the show must go on!
All Aboard the ViolinBoat!
Boat + River Thames + lots of violins. This was the first of several should-have-been-first-day-of-Brexit days, if I remember rightly.
Christmas Party (THJ tinkling ivories)
We recorded this for Classic fm sometime in 2016 or 2017 after the album came out, at Holy Trinity in Sloane Square (London). Tommy HJ (who wrote the thing) at the piano. Plus guest appearances from Olly the camouflaged page turner!
Bruch Violin Concerto
1st movement of Bruch's violin concerto with Lindsay Ryan and Harmony Sinfonia in South London, UK (Herne Hill festival, October 2015)
Piazzolla 'Primavera' Tango
Happily, I no longer own this shirt. Final runthrough before performing at the Barbican in London (2012)
Who Is My Neighbour?
Here are many quartertones, accompanying a fairly timeless story, presented, with my implicit consent, in a very Christian tradition.
Kreisler: La Précieuse
Viennese sweetmeat + classical haircut. Recital at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester with pianist Daniel Swain.
In Easter 2007, after a week spent soaking up the sounds of Old City Jerusalem for the first time, my brain needed some time to process it all. This little improvisation was my instinctive response to calls to prayer, sirens, street traders, religious squawkers, and goodness knows what else...
The Violin Player
The original recording of 'The Violin Player' by THJ. The most bittersweet piece I know. Recorded at the Riverfront Theatre in Newport (Wales) before a Live Music Now concert, sometime in ?2005.