Who gets to do concerts with Mary and Joseph in December?

My privilege, at Hoxton Hall for the great Spitalfields Music. No sheep, but Mary and Jo on fine form, Classic Fm popped around to the rehearsal:

Now I’m at Oxford

Very excited to have started up as Oxford University’s Director of Performance. Getting to know the Music Faculty and soon the students. Its a move along the A34 from Southampton where I’m grateful for 12 great years.

Get me to a salt mine

Well this was a huge thrill, like no other venue (except the bit where I left my phone behind, but the nice people at Wieliczka sent it back). Glad they liked the Lachrime.



Lutes&Ukes are back!

Hugely looking forward to some happy plucking days before we’re off to the Kolner Fest fur Alte Musik on Sunday 25th March : tickets here


No tears here: Gramophone Award for Lachrime

A wonderful week of all things Lute at the LSA’s West Fest was followed by two weeks of sun and no wifi in Devon. Mojo restoration was completed by returning to this news,


It was a privilege to knock about in the unique Phantasm sound world with this greatest of great music.

LSA WestFest

Have had a fantastic couple of months this side of the Atlantic: Glyndebourne, Spitalfields, Orkney and other Festivals. Now packing my bags for a longer journey: to beautiful Victoria, Canada, where I’m joining a great-looking faculty for the Lute Society of America’s summer seminar (West) over the next week. A new one for me , a chance to put faces to names I’ve known for years, and meet some new ones, am greatly looking forward to it all.