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Sarah and Signe in Dartmoor

Just got back from a magical trip with writer Signe Pike www.signepike.com. With a new musical literary project on the go, we went in search of inspiration on Glastonbury Tor and up on the windswept plains of Dartmoor. On the way we met many lovely people – the talented artists and sculptors Brian and Wendy Froud and Elizabeth Jane Baldry stunning harpist, artist Marja Lee Kruijt, fantasy author Terri Windling. See them on BBC Countryfile iplayer from this Sunday. You’ll be enchanted!

New Surf Board!

I’ve just done this design in water colour for a new surf board to be shaped by Chops in St Agnes, Cornwall. The talented Ben Rogers has supplied the refined dragonfly logo as you see here. It’ll be slightly shorter than my mini mal at 7ft – a kind of short long board! Let’s hope the colours will come out as expected… to be continued…!

SurfboardDragonfly Wings

 

Ambassador to World Land Trust

World Land TrustI’ve been very honoured to be invited to be an Ambassador for the World Land Trust. For more information please go to the Planet Earth page.

BBC Africa Soundtrack Release

So finally the soundtrack is released. I was so excited to hear it on Classic FM for the first time on Howard Goodall’s show! They played the sad elephant sequence, Drought, a much happier track, and one of my favourite pieces, On the Beach and three others. If you’d like to hear more on the radio you can put in a request to: http://www.classicfm.com/radio/shows/jamie-crick/classic-fm-requests/  

Africa the Future

I worked with producer Kate Broome on this programme –  last of the Africa series. The highlight of this show was David and the baby Rhino at the end. The scene was so touching and this piece of music particularly had to have just the right balance to round off the series. This little scene was true TV gold!

Recording the BBC Concert Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios

It’s always been a dream of mine to record in the famous Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in London. There we were where the Beatles with Sir George Martin spent many hours of their lives siting in the sound booth recording the orchestra for two of the Africa programmes. My friend Liz Purnell conducted the orchestra and the maestro engineer Rupert Coulson recorded and mixed the shows. It’s always a bit nerve wracking wondering if we’ll be able to record all the material in the time frame given. But we did and it sounded amazing!

Bestival 2012

A very windy day on the Bandstand at Bestival! It was a fun gig and I was accompanied by drummer Kevin O’Rourke, guitarist Jason Sidwell and Roshan Wijetunge (Tosh) double bass.  A few things got blown over and I managed to play the guitar and hold a stand at the same time as Jason launched into a great guitar solo… don’t know how we managed that! The sun was shining and it wasn’t too muddy this time!

BBC Africa Recording of the BBC Concert Orchestra at Air Lyndhurst Studios

I love this place – Air Lyndhurst is a converted church made into superb studios. It seems that every huge movie, prominent artists and orchestras have recorded here. Originally George Martin’s studios these walls have seen some history in the making! It’s always been an amazing feeling to hear your music being played by others in the great hall. We also recorded the Aurora album with the girls choir Cantamus here. That was quite a day;)  This particular recording, the studio was packed with people and it was the first programme and first recording of Africa, so to say there was a lot of anticipation in the air that day, was an understatement! All went well….

Guest artist at Malta Songwriting Festival

Guest artist at the singer/songwriter festival in Malta

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