Projects

There currently three types of project - new compositions, creating virtual performances combining your own recordings of individual parts and finally creating a performance of a work not previously recorded or performed for a very long time

(i)    Inspiring Composers

I offer what I believe is a unique service to classical composers.  I must stress that the service I'm offering is not aimed at preventing live musicians (and orchestras) from receiving vital income, but to help composers get their music heard on their web/social media platforms hoping that it will increase the chance of their works being performed by live musicians.  This is particularly important during this terrible Coronavirus Pandemic as few orchestras are able to come together to perform new works.

Combining some of the best sampled orchestral instruments (EastWest, Vienna Symphonic Library, Virharmonic, Native Instruments and Hauptwerk) it is possible to create highly realistic performances of any choral/orchestral works.

With years of experience I am able to reproduce a wide range of styles: choral works (with digital choirs singing actual words), ensembles, solo piano, violin, organ, full orchestra etc and can create performances ranging from the Baroque period to the 21st Century. 

Examples of these are being added to this website regularly.  The latest is a performance showing the genius of Richard Strauss in his Till Eulenspiegel lustige Streiche (Merry Pranks) . 

Please note that even though the technology is truly remarkable, there are still technical limits on what can be done (a good thing too as this protects the careers of live musicians).

When you listen to demo files from the software developers, they are careful to only publish compositions that work convincingly (mostly).

Some of the examples I've uploaded show the flaws - particularly for choirs and solo violin - but these performances are still significantly better than anything that could be produced by standard sampling software.  Some could be tweaked further, but I've decided not to. 

 

Where pieces are already on this site, these can be used to help young performers get used to performing with an orchestral background, and it is relatively simple to create audio files where an individual part has been removed so you can practise with the whole orchestra.

Unlike a recording of a 'real' performance, which by its very nature is a one-off, it is possible to made subtle tempo changes to the digital performance to reflect any later musical wishes of the composer (or performer) and the new version can be created quickly and either uploaded to this site, or sent directly to the client for private use.

Please note that I am unable to work on compositions that are not your own or are not in the public domain unless you have obtained permission from the publisher.

If your composition includes a choral component, then I can add a digital choir singing the text too (in English, Latin, or almost any language - if advice is given on pronunciation). Intermediate performances will be sent to you to listen too, and we can chat over WhatsApp , Skype or through live chat to discuss changes.

I'm happy to send you (free of charge) a sample file of your composition (about 30 seconds or so) of any work you might consider asking me to create digitally for you.  You will then have a sense of whether you would like me to produce the entire composition. 

My charges would normally be small- I really just simply ask for some help to recoup the high cost of the software.

I am also working on concertos with the view of providing budding soloists with an opportunity to practise with a full orchestral accompaniment at home. So far Beethoven's Emperor Piano Concerto (No.5), 1st and 2nd movement, Saint-Saen 3rd Organ Symphony and a Vivaldi double trumpet concerto are available.  These audio files are available with and without the soloist part.

Examples of existing works can be found in separate sections in the menu.

 

These include solo piano works, choral works (such as Thomas Tallis's 'Spem in Alium' for 40 voices and Handel's 'Zadok the Priest', Allegri Miserere), concertos (Saint Saens, Beethoven), wind ensembles (Mozart) , quartets, string orchestras and organ solos.  There are also some violin & piano works and a section of new works.

Creating performances is exciting and challenging - I want to help composers get their music performed in public.

 

I look forward to hearing from you. 

(The photo here is used with thanks to Dayne Topkin on Unsplash)

(ii)    Virtual performances using individual recordings by your group

If you are interested in creating a virtual performance using  your friends  then do get in touch.  If you have players happy to record their parts at home and you would like them combined to create a finished performance I can help here.  It is also possible to correct tuning errors and note/timing errors (within limits).

(ii)    Performing works not heard for a very long time

Have compositions archived that have not been performed for a long time, or there aren't any performances available to listen to?  I can create a performance of such a work if I am sent the scores/parts. This may be of interest to Museums. Do get in touch.