Seascape grew out of my fascination for the sea, which probably stems from the fact I grew up in the mountains. The sea is the Other, it's infinity and that which we can't know. The Sea turns up in music everywhere, and our cultural relationship with it is thought about and expressed in an almost endless variety of ways, and this is reflected in the variety of songs I perform in this recital.  

Seascape is also an exploration of our scientific relationship with the Sea, particularly with regard to the weather. Our weather is dependent on the oceans in a way that most of us would be very surprised to hear. 

So as part of the first ever WAM Festival in Reading in 2012, me and Prof Paul Hardaker, who was then the Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society (now CE of the Institute of Physics), put together a programme that used my choice of music about the Sea as a starting point to talk about the relationship between us, our weather and our oceans.

The next performance of Seascape is scheduled for 7th October 2017 in Sidmouth Church as part of the Sidmouth Science Festival. For more information click here.


Sea Fever 

The Bells of San Marie                                     J. Ireland (1879-1962)

                          Observing the oceans

                         Admiral FitzRoy and the first weather forecast

Le poème de l'amour et de la mer Op. 19        E. Chausson (1855-1899)

Slumber Song

In Haven

Where Corals Lie                                              E. Elgar (1857-1934)

                            The thermohaline circulation and the Gulf Stream

Anzoleta avanti la regata

 Anzoleta dopo la regata                                  G. Rossini (1792 -1868)

                            Vortices and hurricanes

Invitation au voyage                                          H. Duparc (1848-1933)

                             El Nino - the Shipping Forecast

The Tale of the Oyster                                       C. Porter (1891-1964)

Lorelei                                                               G. Gershwin (1898-1937)