MUSICAL REMEDIES

Listen to excerpts from the Remedies here.


History of the Musical Remedies project

My long-term composition project is connected with the Bach Flower Remedies.

I am creating a new series of pieces of music for varied ensembles to match the moods of the thirty-eight Bach Flower Remedies. The first five of these were performed in a concert in Leominster in July 2004, and a further four were played in workshop performances at Dartington International Summer School in July and August 2004.

The basic outlines for all thirty-eight pieces were completed in December 2004. In January 2005 Harriet Edwards turned seven of the Remedy pieces into songs and four of these were performed in a concert in Deptford Town Hall, London in February 2005 : Aspen, Red Chestnut, Rock Water and Centaury. The singer was Olivia Tebbutt.

Holly and Willow were also given first public performances in the London concert in versions for flute and piano.

In March 2005 Olive and Impatiens were performed by Dave Goodier (bass) and Andrew Morris (piano) in a concert of new music in the Lion Ballroom in Leominster.

In July 2005 Impatiens, Cerato, Scleranthus, Rock Rose, Rock Water and Holly were performed in a concert of the composer's works at the Bleddfa Centre for the Creative Spirit in Wales.

In August 2005 Chicory was performed in the Rockshop concert at the end of the Dartington International Summer School.

In September 2005 the largest presentation of the Musical Remedies to date took place at a concert in the Lion Ballroom in Leominster. Twenty Remedies were performed by David Etheridge (bass) Sam Dixon (drums) Mikey Kirkpatrick (flute) Oliver Sellwood (sax) Emily Davies (voice) and Andrew Morris (piano). Seven Remedies - Vervain, Elm, Larch, Oak, Wild Rose Crab Apple and Gentian received their first performance.

In August 2006 sixteen of the Remedies were performed in a concert at the Courtyard Centre for the Arts in Hereford as part of the Three Choirs' Fringe Festival. In September 2006 two further concerts of Musical Remedies were given as part of the inaugural conference on the Bach Flower Remedies at Cromer in Norfolk. Further performances followed in Leominster in October and December 2006.

In May 2007 seven Musical Remedies were recorded at Sussex University. The personnel were Olivia Tebbutt (voice) Mikey Kirkpatrick (flute) Oliver Sellwood (sax) Antoine Olivier (bass) Benedict Garman (drums) and Andrew Morris (piano). The recordings have been mixed by Kieran Morris and mastered by Mikey Kirkpatrick. The CD is now available for sale.

A major presentation of Musical Remedies was given in December 2009 at the Lion Ballroom in Leominster. Hornbeam, Beech, Honeysuckle, Agrimony and Oak were all performed in new arrangements for the first time.

New arrangements of Gorse and Heather for violin and piano will be performed in a concert at Hellens, Much Marcle, Herefordshire on March 7th 2010