Ware Pop Up Orchestra: parts now available

If you have signed up for the Ware Community Pop Up Orchestra – the parts are now available for download. We are playing:

Bizet’s Habanera, Haydn Trumpet’s Concerto, Holst’s Mars from the Planets, and two pieces of Prokofiev; Dance of the Knights and Peter and the Wolf.


– the password is in your recent email from me.

I am also hoping to add Hallelujah Chorus and some Gershwin to the list – to make sure we have plenty to play.

If you haven’t signed up yet – please click here to sign up and get playing!


Ware Pop Up Community Orchestra 19th March 2017

Sunday   \   March 19 2017   \  1pm – 5pm

Ware Arts Centre                              

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A one- off, fun music afternoon for anyone who plays an instrument. Ware Pop Up Community Orchestra aims to encourage anyone, young, old or somewhere in the middle, who may have learnt an instrument at some point but has not played for a while, to dust it off again, and have a go at playing in an orchestra – just for an afternoon. Rusty players most welcome, but you will need to be able to read music.

If you are a seasoned player, I will have music parts for a very wide range of ability levels, and so please don’t hesitate to come too.



This event is an orchestral event, but I am happy to consider any acoustic instruments joining in and can create music parts for a specific instrument as necessary. This is why it is essential to book a place on the day, so please make sure you do – so I can prepare appropriate music.

The music

The repertoire will focus on light classical music but will also include a few pieces of other genres, perhaps something jazzy, folky or filmy!  I will have the music parts available in January to send to any participants who may want to practice them in advance, and if there’s anything I can do to help you prepare the music and participate in the day, just contact me to discuss this with me. I hope to make the event as accessible as possible.

You will need to bring a music stand.

Children and Young People

Young musicians are very welcome to attend. Children under the age of 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult and adult observers are welcome to sit in for this purpose. Perhaps bring a book if you are not playing an instrument!

12-18s are welcome unaccompanied, we will have an adult responsible for looking out for any young people, but please be aware that 12-18s will be asked not to leave the venue during the event.  There will be no 1-2-1 tuition as part of this event.


We will provide tea and coffee during the break and a biscuit or two (each!). Feel free to bring any snacks along too.

Ware Arts Centre Support

I would like to extend my thanks to the Ware Arts Centre for agreeing to providing their venue free of charge for this event, which means it can run free of charge to all.


Contact me with any questions about the Ware Pop Up Orchestra day.

Guest conductor at NOFA Leeds July 2016

image2Was thrilled to be asked to be guest conductor for NOFA, and even more excited to find I would be conducting their newly-commissioned piece; Triptych three pieces by Nathan Theodoulou and Daniel Dhondy based on the artistic progression of Kandinsky. To an audience of thousands (3 or 4, I’m not sure, but lots!), this wonderful 95-strong youth orchestra performed this new piece with such energy and vigour, the piece received the first standing ovation of the performance – the audience loved it! Well done NOFA for creating such a wondrous music and live art event – and thanks so much for having me along!


Modulo meet with Orchestras For All, Ally Pally July 2016

Another fab day with OFA; Orchestras For All. This special day was a national Modulo Meet where 150-200 students from secondary schools all over the UK met together to play in a huge massed orchestra. We also created some new improv pieces based on the core repertoire for the event, which was Dvorak’s 9th.

Looking forward to the Leeds residential and concert in Leeds Arena where I will be conducting the newly-commissioned orchestral triptych charting the artistic developments of Kandinksy,  with the NOFA youth orchestra.

Seaside Samba @ Lyme Regis Fossil Festival May 2016

IMGP0139Seaside Samba down at Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. Can you make a samba out of ‘curly wurly ammonites’ and ‘strong-jawed flippery ichthyosaurs’? We did! Along with some other fossil and dinosaur names. And we only used pebbles, sieves and hammers. What a very authentic fossil-hunting sound we made too!

I did have a stratigraphy song too, but we didn’t get rouIMGP0195nd to singing it – that one can stay in my head, until maybe next time.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is a fab way to spend May bank holiday weekend. Go next year if you can.

LSO St Luke’s Concert with NOFA April 2016

3rd April 2016, Connecting Contrasts Season Finale

Spent two great days immersed in Beethoven’s Fifth, in various guises, with the fabulous NOFA youth orchestra, along with some musicians from other organisations. Starting with the Beethoven, the rest of the programme was all new work created in response to his 5th Symphony, incorporating lots of music styles and performance, with lots of the music written by the young performers themselves.

Great music, great kids, fantastic concert. Thanks NOFA.



Sidrocks : Singing the Geology of Sidmouth Aug 2016

 (August 2013-2016) Composer and Animateur.

Singing the Sidmouth Rocks is a community singing and music making project devised and led by Emma and geologist, Dr Roger Trend on behalf of the Sidmouth Museum. In 2013, Emma and Roger worked together to compose a cycle of songs about the Jurassic coastline of Sidmouth, with songs focusing on specific points of geological interest which are taken in on the geology walk led by the Sidmouth Museum.  Over a day-long workshop, participants of all ages come together to learn the songs, and music parts – many learning the ukulele for the first time, and then the massive group venture down to the Sidmouth Prom to take the Geology walk and perform  their songs to the Folk Week public along the seafront. By popular demand, the project has run every year since, and in 2015, the walk attracted 80 people with forty singing and playing instruments.

Songs include:

  • The Pennington Point Layered Song
  • Flandrian Transgression
  • Otter Sandstone
  • It’s Jacob’s Ladder’s Fault
  • Tectonic Plates Away-o
  • The Petrogenesis Song

The songs are written for mixed voices and instruments in an acoustic folk style accompaniment with descant parts for melody instruments.



“Organised by Roger Trend and his talented daughter Emma, the third year of this event proved more popular than ever. The morning session of learning music and songs, including some new ones, attracted over 40 people. Roger must then have felt somewhat like the Pied Piper, as he and Emma led 80 plus people on the walk performing the songs. And, this was on a very bad day when no-one else braved the Esplanade! Our thanks to both Roger and Emma for all their sterling efforts