Cantat Ergo Sumus
Cantat Ergo Sumus (It is singing [as in it is
raining], therefore, we are) combines my
interests in philosophy and music. I recently
received a grant from TORCH (The Oxford Research
Centre for the Humanities) at Oxford University
to develop this project with Oxford band
I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine: A cover of a song by Bob Dylan from his 1967 album John Welsey Harding.
New Angel: Based on the ninth of the 20th C philosopher Walter Benjamin's "On the Concept of History" AKA "Theses on the Philosophy of History". The thesis is a commentary on the painting Angelus Novus by Paul Klee, which Benjamin owned.
Oh Redness of Blood: A setting of 'O rubor sanguinis' by 12th C mystic Hildegard von Bingen.
Shakespeare in the Alley
Shakespeare in the Alley is a cycle
of songs inspired by each of Shakespeare's plays (co-written with Richard Lodge). 26 songs exist to
Cotton Famine Poems
Cotton Famine Poems is a project comprising settings of poems written in response to the Lancashire Cotton Famine of 1861-65
featured in the Guardian.
The poems have been published as part of
Poetry of the Lancashire Cotton Famine,an AHRC-funded project by Simon Rennie at the University
Please note that the language of the poems, which remains uncensored, reflects the mores of the time.
Sample recordings with links to the poems