associate artist -mac birmingham,


Terry Riley’s In C

RotundaVery excited to be leading a performance of Terry Riley’s In C with members of Surge and students from Birmingham Conservatoire for

Legend has it that composer Terry Riley was on a bus in San Francisco when the idea came to him for one of the most important and influential pieces of the 20th century. Riley began composing In C in May of 1964 and the work had its premiere in the November. Due to the impact it had on public consciousness, it is widely credited as the launching pad for the minimalist movement.

It will be performed in the Birmingham Library atrium at 12,30pm on 4th April. Free adm.

More info here.

2014 – Birmingham/China/Belfast

2014 is shaping up to be a very exciting year. I am very fortunate to have received support for three very exciting projects.

mac birmingham - with support from Arts Council England and the Feeney Trust I have taken residence as Associate Artist in  mac birmingham . The residency has already hosted a new work for Surge Saxophones and will also see further new commissions for Peacock Angell, a collaboration with Chinese musicians and a major new work for Surge Orchestra. Surge Orchestra is the existing Surge line up with the addition of 8 strings creating a 3-3-2-2 string section. Date is set for 8th November 2014 in the mac main theatre.

China Residency  – supported by PRSF and the British Council See-the-Chuan-Opera-1

I will be spending 6 weeks in Chongqing, China as a composer in residence. Whilst there I will be living in the Yuzhong district and working with the Chongqing Sichuan Opera Troupe.  On return I will be then developing a piece inspired by the trip for the Chinese music collaboration at mac birmingham.

Arts Council  0f Northern Ireland ACE Award - The ACE awards are an annual award made to twelve Northern Irish Artists to develop a project of their own choosing. I am studying Irish trad music and using the inspiration to compose new music involving jazz and trad music. News of this and all the above projects to follow as it all progresses.

Exciting opportunity for young musicians…

Are you a musician aged between 16 to 24 years interested in creating high quality music across a variety of genres such as jazz, urban, African styles, world, folk, rock and many more? If so you are invited to audition for an ensemble based at mac birmingham led by professional composer and musician Sid Peacock and percussionist Ray Prince.

Throughout 2014 the group will meet on a weekly basis to rehearse with a view to creating their own set of music, to be recorded and performed at a major showcase at mac birmingham in Autumn 2014. It is hoped that the ensemble will continue making and performing music beyond this year.

Alongside the music making participants will be advised on the recording process, CD production and design, marketing and self-promotion.Musicians and vocalists from all styles and backgrounds are invited and it is envisaged that the musical identity of the group will represent the interests of all involved. You should be confident on your instrument, to the equivalent of Grade 6, but an ability to read music is not required. We are keen to meet young musicians from diverse backgrounds with an interest in and aptitude for improvisation and playing by ear.

To find out more please email Harriet Lane on with the following information:

Beyond The March at Fleadh

1003647_10151672815474520_660159245_n The Fleadh is the biggest Irish music and culture festival in the world and this year it was held in Derry/Londonderry. 2013 was a year of firsts for the Fleadh. The first time it was held in Northern Ireland and also the first time Loyalist marching bands have been involved.

The director of the Fleadh made a perfect and sincere speech along with a presentation to the Londonderry Bands Forum and the mood amongst the audience was excellent. It’s not often you see a guy in a Celtic football top give a rousing cheer at the of a Loyalist band performance, hopefully sights like this will become the norm in the future. It was real honour to be asked by the bands to perform Moving on Music’s Beyond The March with them again at the event. Big thanks to the Londonderry Bands Forum for making it happen.

Holyhead & Grand Union Orchestra

Holyhead School Band were invited to perform with Grand Union Orchestra at mac Birmingham on Saturday 21st, June. An excellent time was had by all and once again the young musicians performed like consummate professionals. The Holyhead School Band has been an amazing success and we would like to extend the project to other schools in the Birmingham area. We need cash to make that happen, if you’d like to help us out drop me a mail on the contact page.BN9ZsXHCQAE4SmX.jpg-large

Beyond The March- Belfast Telegraph

BTM Review Belfast Telegraph 22June

Beyond the March – Article

Click here to read a well written article by Terry Blain about Moving on Music’s Beyond The March project.


Pic by Stuart Calvin.

Beyond The March 21st June, Playhouse Theatre, Derry/Londonderry


Celebrating Sanctuary Festival 2013

The 2013 Celebrating Sanctuary festival is under way. Unfortunately our Arts Council application was unsuccessful so can’t deliver the full range of events we had planned. Obviously we are very disappointed but we are still able to put on quite a few events around the city and most of them are free! At a glance these events are. Click links for further info…

Musical Picnic AFRO MIO- Saturday 01/06/2013 10:30am – Symphony Hall Café Bar FREE ENTRY -

Etran FinatawaSunday 09/06/2013 4:30pm – 6pm – Ikon gallery FREE ENTRY (Donations welcome) -

Muzikstan Didier & Remie from The Redeemed – Thursday 13/06/2013 7:30pm – 10:30pm – Old Print Works FREE ENTRY (Donations welcome)

Refugee Week Launch event – Saturday 15/06/2013 11am – 5pm – Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham
Afro Mio, The Redeemed, Mostafa Abbasi- Zadeh, CASCA, Writers Without Borders , Children’s Workshops.

I Am Nasrine – Thursday 20/06/2013 7:30pm -The Drum

Jazzlines Free Gigs – AFRO MIO – Friday 21/06/2013 5pm – Symphony Hall Café Bar FREE ENTRY



Holyhead School Band in Vienna.


Last weekend I was in Vienna with fifteen young musicians from the Holyhead School Band.We were guests of the Johann Sebastian Bach Pop Academy and our students worked and performed with students from the academy. The pop Academy is based in Gasometer which is the location of four massive old gas tanks that used to store the city’s gas supply. The buildings have been transformed and now are the home for shops, apartments, music venues, restaurants, the pop academy, jazz conservatoire and a massive musical instrument store.  It’s a really cool place to be with a great buzz about it.

 We first made contact with Raymond Walker, an ex Brummie musican, now working and living in Austria. Raymond runs his own company in Austria called Drum Energy and also teaches at the academy. He suggested it would be possible for us to visit, one thing led to another and in no time the band were getting on a plane to Vienna.

Our hostess Marianne made us feel very welcome and the staff and students of the academy were wonderful people. An unforgettable trip was had by all.

Holyhead School Band have been in the studio recently too so keep an eye out here for their first CD New New York!