For almost two years now I’ve been working on a commission for Voices New Zealand – a choral piece to commemorate the upcoming centenary of Armistice Day (11th November, 1918). The landscape of the First World War has been a bleak place to inhabit. Reading accounts and correspondences from soldiers and contemplating the unbelievable scale […]Read more "The Unusual Silence"
It seems like a very long time ago that this happened… but here’s a link to the closing song from the Hobbit Trilogy – The Last Goodbye. It was a wonderful thing to collaborate on this song with Fran Walsh, Billy Boyd & Stephen Gallagher… I found myself doing mad and previously unimaginable things, like […]Read more "The Last Goodbye / Hobbit Trilogy"
When I was a student at Auckland University (more than 20 years ago) our orchestra was invited to perform Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ live with the Douglas Wright Dance Company at the Wellington International Festival of the Arts. One of the things I remember about that time is that there genuinely seemed to be more heroes for kids […]Read more "Mana Wahine / Okareka Dance Company"
As part of the approach to the 100th anniversary of ANZAC day, ‘Field Punishment No.1’ has been scheduled to air on April 22nd at 8.30pm on TV One. To watch the trailer, click HERE. Wilfred Owen wrote “All a poet can do today is warn.” Despite their philosophical differences, I think there were many similarities between Wilfred Owen […]Read more "Field Punishment No.1 / Screening Date"
As of last week, Field Punishment Number One is finished and delivered – and as of yesterday, the final episode of The Almighty Johnsons (Season 3) is also complete. At times like these, I often find myself floating in something of an abyss… exhausted and awash with residual adrenaline from the rush towards the end. […]Read more "Realiti / Jonathan King"
In a furious day of recording, we gathered together an assortment of eight, fine Auckland string players to record music for Field Punishment No.1 – husband and friends among them. Andre Upston (Radio New Zealand) – who engineered the session – and I have been working together for a very long time (any musical locals […]Read more "Field Punishment No.1 / Recording Sessions"
“… it is the preface, by Wilfred Owen, to a volume of his poems which was to show, to England, and the intolerant world, the foolishness, unnaturalness, horror, inhumanity, and insupportability of war, and to expose, so that all could suffer and see, the heroic lies, the willingness of the old to sacrifice the young, indifference, […]Read more "Field Punishment No.1 / Recording"