Ongoing/in development

The Rhythm Method (with playwright Diane Samuels) – musical theatre piece commissioned by The Stable, supported by The Wellcome Trust

2016

Poppy + George – composer and sound designer, Watford Palace Theatre

Springtime for Henry (and Barbara) (with artist Mel Brimfield) – ongoing musical film installation project. Various commissioning artistic, theatrical and musical production partners, including Nov-Dec 2014 Site Gallery Sheffield; Jan 2016 Wilton’s Music Hall and Jerwood Foundation

2015

I Say Yeh Yeh (Lovechild Music, October 2015) – production and arrangements for Frances Ruffelle’s album – a bilingual homage to 1960s ye-ye pop

Notes to the New Government, Queen Elizabeth Hall – composition Tick tock TICK co-commissioned by the London Sinfonietta and the Royal Philharmonic Society, performed with the London Sinfonietta

The Palace that Joan Built (with artist Mel Brimfield) – Gala launch performance October 2014, film installation 29th April 2015 – April 2016, Stratford Station, commissioned by Art on the Underground in partnership with Theatre Royal Stratford with development workshop from LADA at the National Theatre Studio

2014

Baiskeli yangu, ehh (Nov 2014, various venues)arrangement of Swahili folk song commissioned by Aldeburgh Music as part of their Friday Afternoons project to celebrate the birthday and legacy of Benjamin Britten, performed by 100,000 children across the globe; choir at Aldeburgh Music conducted by Gwyneth Herbert and Pete Letanka

The Roof  (June 2014, National Theatre) performance and compositional contributions to Dave Price’s score, commissioned by LIFT as part of the Imagine 2020 network and presented in association with the National Theatre, conceived, directed and choreographed by Frauke Requardt and David Rosenberg

The A to Z of Mrs P (music and lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert, book by Diane Samuels), Southwark Playhouse Feb – March 2014, dir. Sam Buntrock

2013

The Sea Cabinet (Monkeywood Records 2013) – album – song cycle supported and inspired by artist residency at Aldeburgh Music. Performers include Fiona Bevan, folk duo The Rubber Wellies and Gwyneth Herbert’s quartet. Produced by Gwyneth Herbert and Dave Price

Swine (play by Diane Samuels, music by Gwyneth Herbert) Live score for surreal, original piece about a road trip to reassemble a dessicated pig, performance at the Jewish Museum, October 2013

Le Tabou (music and lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert, book by Kath Burlinson), exploring the life and works of French surrealist, satirist and polymath Boris Vian.  Originally conceived as Youth Music Theatre commission with performances at Plymouth Barbican August 2013; development and performances planned at Lyric Hammersmith and Southwark Playhouse, 2016

The Sea Cabinet Live, launched May 2013, Wilton’s Music Hall with UK tour throughout Summer ending at Snape Maltings, September 2013 – Arts Council-supported UK tour; performance collaborators including novelist Heidi James, artist Alex Carr and various community choirs

The Third by Bourgeois and Maurice (Very Attractive Records, 2013) – production and arrangements of original songs for neo-cabaret album

The Cabaret Songs of Britten and Auden – exploring the cabaret songs of Benjamin Britten and W.H. Auden with pianist and academic David Owen Norris

2012

Before the Law (music and lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert, book by Christine Denniston) – one-act musical adaptation of darkly comic play “Hand Witch of the Second Stage” by Peter Barnes.  Workshop and industry showcase at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 2012, dir. Matthew Ryan

Mel Brimfield: Between Genius and Desire, Ceri Hand Gallery, 2012 – performance and physical contributions to multi-media exhibition exploring the enduring romantic image of the heroic artist as a conduit of violent creative passion

2011

Clangers and Mash (Naim Edge, 2011) – album – a collection of remixes, home-recordings and alternative versions of ‘All the Ghosts’ material to accompany the release of single “Perfect Fit”

Almost a Legend: The Life and Lyrics of Fran Landesman, 2011 –  dir: Mia Vuorio-Ringwald; producer: Terhi Killianen – performance and spoken contributions

Girl Talk, 2011 to 2012 – performance collaborations with Barb Jungr and Mari Wilson exploring the theme of womanhood in popular song

The Billie Holliday Songbook / Life is for Living – The Peggy Lee Project, 2011 to present – projects exploring the repertoire of Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday with journalist Alyn Shipton and the Buck Clayton Legacy Orchestra

2010

After Lydia (music and lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert, book by Christine Denniston) – one-act musical adaptation of “In Praise of Love” by Terence Rattigan. Staged reading at The Watermill, Newbury, 2010, dir. Maria Friedman

Mel Brimfield: This is Performance Art, Camden Arts Centre, 2010 and Toynbee Studios, 2011 – contributions to experimental shows involving dance, sculpture, performance art, film and cabaret

The Patsy, British Film Institute, 2010 – Birds’ Eye View-commissioned composition of musical score for “The Patsy” by (dir. King Vidor, 1928) Screening with live performance as part of BFI Silent Film Festival

The Great American Songbook, BBC 4, 2010 – performance and spoken contributions

Voices from the Old Bailey, BBC Radio 4, 2010-2011 – musical contributions to series investigating gripping 18th Century Old Bailey Cases and the ballads that they inspired

iPod / Playlist Series, BBC Radio 4, 2010 to 2014 – musical contributions to series exploring the song preferences and musical legacy of writers and historical figures such as James Joyce, Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde and William Shakespeare

Jazz Library, BBC Radio 3, 2010-2012 – regular appearances as co-presenter on series exploring the life and works of jazz greats such as Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Nat King Cole and Brad Mehldau
Frequent performer and contributor to the Robert Elms Show, BBC London

2009

All the Ghosts (Naim Edge, CD – 2009 / LP – 2010) – an album of original compositions, part sponsored by Peter Gabriel, recorded at Real World Studios

The Art of News, King’s Place, 2009 – writing and performance collaboration with the London Sinfonietta exploring the media, alongside comic Simon Munnery and performance poet Scroobius Pip

A History of Private Life, BBC Radio 4, 2009 – musical contributions to series with Professor Amanda Vickery exploring the hidden history of the home over 400 years

2006

Between Me and the Wardrobe (Monkeywood Records, 2006 / Blue Note Records 2007) – an album of original compositions, some written in collaboration with Curios’ Tom Cawley, produced by Polar Bear’s Seb Rochford

The World of Nat King Cole, BBC4, 2006 – spoken contributions to documentary

2004

Bittersweet and Blue (Universal, 2004) – album – a selection of jazz standards, pop and folk covers and originals, produced by Pete Smith

2003

First Songs (Dean Street Records / Universal, 2003) – a selection of jazz standards, pop and folk covers and originals, produced by Ian Shaw, featuring guest performances from Jamie Cullum and Guy Barker

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