We work on our own and together to produce new songs, new arrangements of well known pieces, and complete works.
Music for Choirs
We are currently writing a new commission for the Bentley Priory Museum. This will be for the RAF Centenary and is due for performance in late April 2018.
In early 2017 we completed two new songs which will be performed as part of a WW1 concert later in the year.
In early 2015 we were commissioned by the Bentley Priory Museum to write a choral piece for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. This turned out to be a one act musical entitled, 'Fighter Command and the Battle for Britain' and was first performed in September 2015. The development of the piece was funded by Arts Council England and The Heritage Lottery Fund.
During 2014 we wrote 'Seven Ages of Man', a 30 minute cantata for soloists and community choir. This takes as its starting point the ‘All the world’s a stage’ speech from Shakespeare’s As You Like It. This was used as a jumping off point to consider aspects of each of the seven ages as they apply today. Performances in early 2015 were well received.
In 2010/11 we collaborated on 'Voices that should be heard', a 55 minute cantata for choir, soloists and orchestra. This was a commission for the centenary of the school we both attended.
More information on all these pieces and more at Music for Choirs.
The Time Traveller, a one act comic opera
Bryan and Philip grew up singing the works of Gilbert and Sullivan and wrote The Time Traveller as a tribute to those great masters of comic opera. Written in 2011, The Time Traveller was well received at its premiere during the 2012 International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton.
Link to The Time Traveller website
Photo from the first performance of The Time Traveller showing Philip Barnett as The Professor, Bryan Kesselman as Ebenezer Jones and Alexandra McPhee as Lucy.