SHAKESPEARE ALOUD

Music Direction

In this video I’m conducting a choir of community members in Colchester, England, assembled to sing the gorgeous John Wilbye 6-part madrigal, Draw On Sweet Night.  We are doing a pre-show run before a performance of DEPOT, a huge, sprawling, promenade, one-of-a-kind devised theatre piece performed by The Mercury Theatre Company off-site in two huge tram sheds.  In the production, I played a character based on John Wilbye (who lived part of his life in Colchester in the 17th century), and conduct the chorus in character.  For more on this incredible production, search youtube for DEPOT, Mercury Theatre Company.

I have studied conducting, choral and orchestral, from a handful of masters over the years including Isaiah Jackson, the nation’s first African American conductor of great prominence.  Though I love conducting and coaching in the music sector, I find my skills are most aptly suited to providing musical direction for works of theatre such as this.

Other notable moments in my career as Music Director include:

Founding Member, Chorus Master – The Mahagonny Ensemble (Poughkeepsie, NY) – committed to 20th and 21st century works.

Conductor in Residence, Purdue University – Urinetown

Resident Music Director, Shakespeare & Company – from 2005 to the present.

 

2 Responses to Music Direction

  1. Karina Rubin September 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    Back in 2012, I believe you were the musical director for King Lear at Shakespere and Company. I loved the music- is there a place I can listen to it again? I was so captivated by it!

    • barclayarts October 25, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

      Hi Karina. Funny you recall that. I only composed ONE piece for that production, then was hired at the Globe and so transferred the gig to my good friend Peter Bayne who wrote all the music, incorporating my themes a bit but essentially starting over. If you’d still like to hear more I can ask him to put you two in touch!

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