Slip sliding away

The first glimpses of Marc Yeats’ Sturzstrom score are now available. All will be revealed in the first workshop on 12 November in Exeter…




Feeling the breeze on Golden Cap…

The legendary singer songwriter Billy Bragg was in Lyme Regis at the end of September working with composer John K Miles and B Sharp on the lyrical content of their Coastal Voices commission for mass choir.  The project reflects the local perspective on the Jurassic coast, whilst drawing on influences from different musical traditions from around the world. Billy Bragg was invited by B Sharp to work with young people from St Michael’s, Woodroffe and a core group of B Sharpers to inspire and develop lyrical starting points for the project.

For images and feedback from the session – not forgetting Billy’s top tips – please visit B Sharp and Facebook

“The workshop with Billy was amazing and really inspiring. It made me think about songwriting in a different way to what i normally do and made me write in a different genre which was different but i embraced the challenge. It was a really fun four hours and i hope to see him and work with him again.” Jake Perrett

On Golden Cap:

Step after step
Feeling the breeze
On Golden Cap
Up here I feel at ease

I feel so free
Touching the clouds
The beach below
Far from the madding crowd


 All workshop images by Maisie Hill (



October news update

News on all four commissions is enclosed here including some key dates and information:

  • Saturday 12 November, 10 – 12.30pm, Belmont Chapel, Exeter: Marc Yeats introductory workshop
  • Wednesday 16 November, 7 – 9.30pm, Weymouth venue tbc: John Surman rehearsal for all Weymouth/Portland choirs conducted by Howard Moody
  • Thursday 17 November, 7 – 9pm, Lighthouse Poole: Nick Cave rehearsal for all Poole choirs conducted by Howard Moody
  • Website and password details to download scores and audio files for Nick Cave and John Surman scores

All this, plus a list of participating choirs. If you expect to see your choir listed here, and are happy for individual singers to contact you to join your rehearsals, please drop me a line at and I’ll update the list.