And I’ve Landed…

The last few months have seen a huge upturning of life for me. I’ve live in Dumfries and Galloway for 30 years and I’ve moved over a hundred miles away. I can just about say it now without choking up. I’m lucky enough to be … Read more »

An Ending and a Beginning

For the past 4 years I've been working on a really special project called Renewing The Tradition for Scotland Sings, one of Hands Up for Trad's projects. It began in 2015 with a vision to remember and celebrate Robert Burns’ work within the context of … Read more »

This Brilliant Singing Summer

Well - that wasn't much of a summer's been blustery and rainy and chilly for weeks and I can't remember another year when I had to light the wood stove in August to see us through the evening. But in other ways it's been … Read more »

Every Earthly Eye – New Songs for Harmony Singing

I'm thinking about that wonderful moment when I realise I probably have enough material for a new book of songs for harmony singing. I browse my computer and print out what I have and lay the songs out to see how they hang together as a collection.  And then … Read more »

Roadside Rescue

"Being a voice worker is a bit like working for a roadside rescue firm – people are so pleased to see you. You engage in psychical midwifery, alchemy, psychology, body work, musical direction, teaching, information sharing, artistry, poetry, dance, nurturing, consciousness-raising, leadership,philosophical enquiry, challenging, directing, … Read more »

Empathy: the great social virtue

"A cappella singing is all about the immersion of the self into the community. That's one of the great feelings – to stop being me for a little while, and to become us. That way lies empathy, the great social virtue." Brian Eno 2008

Thank you!

As the year draws to a close I’ve been thinking of all the people who’ve hosted workshops this year and/or given me a bed for the night when I was working away from home. Thank you for the late night chats, the inspiring breakfast conversations, the clean … Read more »

New Book!

Here it is at last! The long, long awaited book that Gitika Partington and I have been working on for almost 4 years: Community Voiceworks: The Complete Resource for Community Choirs.  It has some of my own songs and Gitika’s interesting-to-sing but entirely accessible arrangements of … Read more »

Sing for Water Scotland

Great time up in Edinburgh at the weekend singing at the Mound to raise money for WaterAid with Sing for Water Scotland. Singers came from all over Scotland to make up the choir! Lovely day and we've raised enough to give 150 people access to … Read more »

Chorus Awards announced

Exciting day today - in my role as Choir Director for Scotland Sings we announced the winners of the very first Chorus Awards. These awards for Scotland's Choirs aren't about being the biggest or the best or about musical accomplishment or perfection. Like the BBC Alba Trad Awards … Read more »