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Projects for 2019

In darkness…

My last event of the year was recording Dowland’s In darkness let me Dwell with Jacob Heringman for Mark Burghagen’s film of the final soliloquy in Richard II. It seemed not only appropriate for the Shakespeare but also for most of the likely Brexit scenarios. Let’s hope this Guy Carpenter photo of Jake and me in a post-Brexit landscape burning our scores to keep warm remains the stuff of fiction.

Alternative History

As usual, I’ll be taking January off, and the new year will start in February with the Alternative History ensemble getting back together for gigs in Madrid and Barcelona. It promises to be another busy Alternative History year, to include concerts in Scandinavia and South America, as well as a new recording.  

The various fractals of the Alternative History project will also be busy, and I’ll be doing recitals with both Ariel Abramovich and Jacob Heringman. Jake and I have more UK gigs,including  John Casken’s Alwinton Summer Music, which will feature a composition competition for a new lute song. We’ll then repeat the winning entry in York’s Late Music series. John Casken wrote Sharp Thorne – one of the Hilliard Ensemble’s signature pieces – and it will be great to catch up with him again. Jake and I will also be doing concerts in York and we’ll repeat our Dufay mass with countertenor David James in Portugal.

Trio Mediaeval

In the autumn I’ll be starting a new project with Trio Mediaeval, beginning with a performance in beautiful Otterberg as part of the Via Mediaeval series organised by Kultursommer Rheinlandfalz.  The programme is called Machaut and the Kings of Cyprus, and will celebrate the extraordinary connection between Reims and Nicosia at the end of the 14th century and the beginning of the 15th. There is a strand of French Ars Nova repertoire that has two florid upper voices and one or two slower moving lower parts. The Trio has often performed masses and motets a3 from this period, and the idea behind this project is to extend the repertoire by adding me as the lowest part in the four-voice repertoire. It promises to be musically absolutely fascinating, enabling  Anna, Linn and Jorunn Lovissa to explore a potentially huge new repertoire.  

Bryars and beyond

I’ll be doing Gavin Bryars’ Nothing Like the Sun in Hull in April and returning to Trollhättan for the TrollhättansTidig Musik-dagar with Serikon in May, and there will be new collaborations in the summer. More soon…


Great to see Officium still topping the Amazon ECM chart. What was at No 4 after Steve Reich and Bach? My Dowland album! Next year is ECM’s 50th anniversary. No other record company would have taken the risk – or seen into the creative heart of Arvo Pärt, the Hilliards, or what became the Dowland Project and Alternative History. Thankyou Manfred.

Happy New Year all!

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