Besides the usual film and television work, I’ve also had a number of arranging projects come my way this year. A number of them have been for my friend Jules Buckley. The first was a concert in June with the BBC Symphony Orchestra titled “Beyond the Bricks of Brum,” celebrating the city of Birmingham. I arranged a few tunes for SANITY and also composed a piece to play with a poem by Casey Bailey.
Then a little bit later I contributed a chart for the Jules Buckley Orchestra in their BBC Proms debut, a tribute concert for Aretha Franklin.
Finally, Robbie Williams is about to release his new album, XXV. Jules had coordinated some of the arrangements for this one. Here’s one of my charts, Come Undone.
Back on this side of the Atlantic, I worked on another concert for the NSO, following up on my work on last year’s 50th Anniversary Gala for the Kennedy Center, where I orchestrated one of Emily Bear and Abigail Barlow’s songs from their Unofficial Bridgerton Musical. This time we did the whole show!
Coming up later in September I’m going to be traveling to Charlotte to conduct the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in the Blackstar Symphony as part of the Charlotte International Arts Festival. This is a massive project put together by Donny McCaslin featuring orchestral arrangements (including some of mine!) of the entirety of David Bowie’s Blackstar album, as well as a number of other Bowie songs, celebrating his artistry and influence. I have been a huge Bowie fan forever, and he was always someone I wished I could have worked with, so it is an honor to have arranged several songs and to be asked to conduct the premiere performance.
Finally, that same weekend in Washington, D.C., the NSO in collaboration with the GoGo Symphony will offer a concert of go-go music, D.C.’s very own homegrown funk tradition, and I’ve contributed a few arrangements to this one.