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  • Booking now open for Aesynth Festival

  • Prize winning film by Tay Aziz

  • Exhibition in Kensington still open

  • Exhibition Private View

  • Exhibition at new school

  • St Stephen's Festival, Gloucester Road.

  • 'Yours' Magazine article

  • Wimbledon blog

  • Evening Standard piece

  • Aesynth Festival - new website

  • Dublin Project

  • Exhibition at Dore Abbey, Herefordshire 19-25 July

  • 20:20 exhibition

  • New Blog

  • Art degree at Wimbledon

  • Open Studio - update on funds raised

  • Open Studio (information updated 2 May)

  • Watercolour and Works on Paper Fair

  • Paintings viewable on Matthew Barley's website, and in Bristol in September

  • The Third Cello Suite paintings

  • Third Cello Suite Paintings

  • Reflection

  • Salisbury weekend photos

  • Third Cello Suite exhibition, Salisbury

  • Another choral music cover design

  • 'Gloriana' exhibition - Aldeburgh - June 2013

  • Goodbye London - Hello Aldeburgh!

  • Nearly there...!

  • Gloriana paintings now on website

  • The Third Cello Suite - exhibition in Bristol

  • Artwork for Salisbury

  • Third Cello Suite paintings

  • 100th birthday

  • Gloriana exhibition

  • Compassion in World Farming

  • Paintings at Glyndebourne

  • Wigmore Hall Christmas card

  • Paintings at Glyndebourne

  • Update on current projects

  • More card images now on the website

  • Glyndebourne Festival 2011

  • New oil painting on artworks pages

  • Another new painting

  • New paintings!

  • Cards for Wigmore Hall

  • New Hall Art Auction

  • New Hall Art Collection

  • Paintings exhibited at Aldeburgh

  • Filming for S. Korean TV

  • Boydell and Brewer

  • New Christmas card for 2008

  • 3 Minute Wonder Film

  • 3 Minute Wonder TV programme

  • Turn of the Screw book launch

  • Turn of the Screw book on sale


  • New website launched

  • New Hall Art Collection Auction


  • The Turn of the Screw book

  • Auction of Promises

  • Turn of the Screw book

  • Boosey & Hawkes choral series

  • Boosey & Hawkes' Concerts for Choirs

  • Interview for BBC 4

  • Fire at the Albert Hall!

  • New Christmas Card design

  • James Bowman's 65th birthday concert

  • Interview for BBC4 TV

  • Summer Newsletter

  • Tewkesbury Spring Festival

  • Concert on 27 January 2006

  • CIWF Fund-raising

  • Filming for Philharmonia

  • Gloriana - Benjamin Britten

  • New painting added to website

  • Website changes

  • Research at BPL

  • Limited Edition print

  • Shades of Music Collection - Photowall

  • The Turn of the Screw - progress on book

  • Photowall

  • 'Fab After Fifty'

  • MFA – UAL

  • Hayward Gallery Night: 10 February 2006

  • 'Messiaen and Synaesthesia'

  • Painting for Doctors' protest

  • Goodbye London - Hello Aldeburgh!

  • BBC1 - 'Recipe for Success'

  • Filming for BBC TV

  • Catalogue Raisonne : progress report

  • 'The Choir' Radio 3 broadcast this Sunday Jan 8th

  • Bank Holiday Event

  • New Christmas Card Designs

  • Launch of New Look website

  • New website feedback

  • Summer newsletter just out!


  • UK Synaesthesia Association Annual Meeting

  • Booking now open for Aesynth Festival  -   13/11/2018

    Aesynth Festival February 7th–10th 2019 In-Spire Galerie, Dublin 1 We are pleased to announce that tickets are now available to book online for the Aesynth Festival next year. Please click on the link below to book. Both concerts (Friday and Saturday evenings) will feature the same programme of string quartets by Mendelssohn and Britten; tickets are 25 euros, with a maximum of four tickets available per booking. All other events are free, but please note that seating is limited, so tickets will be required for all events except for the Open Day on Sunday 10 February. Please see our festival website for more information.

    Click here to book tickets

    Aesynth website

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    Prize winning film by Tay Aziz  -   20/08/2018

    Here is a link to a film, 'The Colour of Wednesday', made in my studio by Tay Aziz. It can also be viewed on Twitter and Vimeo. I'm delighted to announce that the film was awarded 'Regional Category Runner Up' at the Bristol Science Film Festival competition 2018.

    Click here to view the film

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    Exhibition in Kensington still open  -   14/07/2018

    My exhibition of paintings in Kensington Park School is still open for visitors. As this is a working school, viewing is by appointment only and can be arranged by emailing the administrator, Holly Symington, on I do not have a closing date for this show as yet, but it is likely to be open for at least the next couple of months. Kensington Park School 59 Queen's Gate South Kensington London SW7 5JP

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    Exhibition Private View  -   16/11/2017

    I am very much looking forward to seeing friends at the private view of my exhibition at Kensington Park School on Thursday 30 November. If you would like an invitation for this event, or would like to arrange a visit at another time, please get in touch via the contact page on this website. The paintings will be displayed until the end of December

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    Exhibition at new school  -   18/09/2017

    I have just dispatched 44 paintings to be exhibited at a brand new school - Kensington Park School. The sixth Form College opened this September, and the school requested a collection of my paintings on temporary loan, until such time as the pupils themselves have made their own artwork. The school is located in Queen's Gate, opposite the Natural History Museum and a private view of the exhibition is planned for November.

    Kensington Park School

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    St Stephen's Festival, Gloucester Road.  -   03/06/2017

    I will be showing nine of my Britten Third Cello Suite series paintings from 5-11th June 2017, at the St Stephen's Church Festival of Arts and Faith. The official opening of the group exhibition is on Monday, 6th June (3.30-8.15pm) with wine, and Jazz by Group 452 (Royal College of Music) from 6pm. St Stephen's is on the corner of Gloucester Road and Southwell Gardens, SW7 4RL. I will be attending the opening evening and it would be lovely to see friends there. All are welcome. The exhibition is subsequently open daily, 11am-6pm weekdays and 11am-1pm on Sunday.

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    'Yours' Magazine article  -   19/03/2017

    An article about my work appeared in the February 14th edition (Issue 265) of 'Yours'. The piece focussed on my change of career from medicine to art and I managed to dig up some old photos from my medical school days, now fifty years ago!

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    Wimbledon blog  -   10/11/2016

    Please click on the link below to read a post on the Wimbledon College of Arts blog, about my work.

    Wimbledon blog post

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    Evening Standard piece  -   31/10/2016

    This piece about my work appeared in the London Evening Standard online version yesterday (N.B. the video is preceded by an advert).

    Evening Standard article

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    Aesynth Festival - new website  -   31/10/2018

    Please click on the link below to explore our new website with information about Aesynth – our Festival of Synaesthesia in Dublin next February.

    Aesynth Festival

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    Dublin Project  -   25/02/2018

    Plans are forging ahead for our mini-arts festival in Dublin, in February 2019. The project will be called 'Aesynth'. The core dates for the festival will be 7-10 February 2019, but my accompanying exhibition will run for the whole month of February. The venue is the In-spire Galerie Dublin (56 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin 1) and the outline programme so far includes two concerts given by the Lir String Quartet, a composer workshop, a round table discussion with musicologists, a sensory workshop and film screenings, together with my own solo show. The photo shows the members of the Lir quartet: Mairead Hickey, Siobhán Doyle (violins), Ed Creedon (viola) and Chris Ellis ('cello).

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    Exhibition at Dore Abbey, Herefordshire 19-25 July  -   16/07/2015

    I will be exhibiting a series of paintings based on the piece 'In Honour of the City' by George Dyson. This work was composed in 1928 and is being performed at the English Choral Experience course in Dore Abbey, conducted by Paul Spicer. The course and the associated Arts Festival run from 19-25 July. Please click on the link below for more information. I will be at the course during both weekends. The photo (above) shows nine out of the fourteen new works that I have created for this exhibition.

    English Choral Experience week

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    20:20 exhibition  -   11/01/2015

    Our first group exhibition of 2015 opened at Chelsea College of Arts 'SUARTS' space on 8 January. The title '20:20' arose because each of us (36 first year students) submitted one piece of artwork, measuring 20x20cm. My piece (pictured), acrylic on canvas, incorporated themes of waste, over-packaging, over-fishing and pollution of the seas, and included a citrus fruit plastic net and a chocolate wrapper. The exhibition, accessed through the refectory in the main Chelsea College building, is open until 7.45pm on Friday 16 January.

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    New Blog  -   11/12/2014

    I've started a new blog: a supplement to my newsletter for those that would like to read about my past year's activities in more depth. The blog is work in progress and I'll be adding to it on a regular basis. Here is the first instalment, about my course at Wimbledon College of Arts. Please click on the link to read more.

    Click here to Jane's blog posts...

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    Art degree at Wimbledon  -   16/09/2014

    I have been accepted on the M.F.A. course (Master of Fine Arts) at Wimbledon College of Arts, starting at the end of September, 2014. This will be a two year extended full-time taught course. I am hugely looking forward to being able to push at doors, extend my boundaries and work collaboratively with post-graduate art students from all over the world. I don't know where this will all lead, but watch this space...!

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    Open Studio - update on funds raised  -   18/07/2014

    The sun shone on a wonderful two days of friends, music, cakes and art! Huge thanks go to all my helpers and to everyone that managed to make the trek to SE5. The sum raised for charities from painting sales and cash donations was over £3,000. I have divided this between the following charities: Compassion in World Farming, WaterAid, Whitehall Choir, Project Harar, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Charities Aid Foundation.

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    Open Studio (information updated 2 May)  -   02/05/2014

    Invitations have been sent out for my open Studio event over a weekend in May. This is exclusively for members of my mailing list so if you would like details, please join my list via the contacts page. The event will include an exhibition, with framed and unframed work on sale at discounted prices, together with musical and artistic happenings here at my studio and home. The Saturday will feature a hands-on art workshop run by Zoë McMillan for adults and children. No previous art experience is necessary and both beginners and those with some painting experience will be catered for. The workshop will consist of 45 minute sessions for small groups - sign up on the day. Also on Saturday one of my neighbours, Catherine McLean, who plays violin in an instrumental ensemble performing mainly folk music has kindly agreed to come along with her friends to entertain us from 2-3pm. On the Sunday afternoon come and hear 'The Wisetones'. Organised by Liz Boyden, this (possibly) unique quartet of bassoons, including the impressive contrabassoon (an endangered species), will perform classical and popular pieces in two sessions during the afternoon. On both days, Laurence Grace will be on site with a record player and my grand-parents' collection of 78 records. He will be demonstrating everything from Wagner at Bayreuth (1922) to numbers by the Inkspots.This really will be a major 'stock clearance' so do bring your friends and a large carrier bag! Unframed paintings and sketches will start at £10. Much stuff will be free; for example, classical CDs, books, DVDs, vinyl records and computer and photographic gadgetry. The weekend will be raising money in aid of humanitarian, wildlife and musical charities. So far I have chosen three: Water Aid; Compassion in World Farming and the Whitehall Choir. I may add to these as we go along and according to the total amount raised.

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    Watercolour and Works on Paper Fair  -   17/01/2013

    I will be exhibiting some watercolours at the 2013 'Works on Paper Fair' at the Science Museum, from 30 January-3 February, on Benjamin Hargreaves's stand. The opening preview on 30 January is from 2pm-9pm, and then the exhibition opening hours are: 11am-9pm (Thursday); 11am-8pm (Friday) and 11am-6pm (Saturday and Sunday). My paintings will be impressions of music by Bach, Beethoven, Britten and Tchaikovsky. For an invitation for free entry for two people, please contact me via this website by 25 January.

    For more information, click here for the Works on Paper website

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    Paintings viewable on Matthew Barley's website, and in Bristol in September  -   28/02/2013

    My 13 Third Cello Suite paintings can now be viewed on Matthew Barley's 'Around Britten' website. They will also be exhibited in the crypt of St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol during the second half of September 2013, to accompany another of Matthew's concerts. Exact dates of the exhibition to be confirmed later.

    Click for Around Britten Art page

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    The Third Cello Suite paintings  -   12/01/2013

    'The Third Cello Suite', my second major project for Britten's centenary year, is a new collection of works created in response to Matthew Barley’s recent recording of the Britten Third Suite for Cello. The paintings will be exhibited for the first time as part of La Folia’s Britten 100th Anniversary Weekend in Salisbury, during performances in Salisbury’s Medieval Hall on 26 January 2013. The exhibition will then accompany Matthew’s Around Britten tour, and will be shown at various venues throughout the UK during 2013. If you would like an invitation for the Private View of these paintings in Salisbury on 25th January, please get in touch with me via the 'Contact' form on this website.

    La Folia website

    Matthew Barley's website

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    Third Cello Suite Paintings  -   05/02/2013

    My paintings of Britten's Third Cello Suite are now all displayed on the Artworks page of this website.

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    Reflection  -   05/02/2013

    This photo shows Sally Schweizer, Britten's niece, in conversation with Howard Moody in Salisbury's Medieval Hall on 26 January. Their images are reflected in my painting 'Autumn'.

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    Salisbury weekend photos  -   05/02/2013

    Here are (L to R) Sue Kent, myself and Matthew Barley in conversation after his Cello Installation (improvisation) in Salisbury Cathedral on 26/1/13.

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    Third Cello Suite exhibition, Salisbury  -   05/02/2013

    My new Britten Third Cello Suite paintings were exhibited for the first time in Salisbury's Medieval Hall, as part of La Folia's Britten Centenary Celebration weekend at the end of January, 2013. The evening concert on 26 January included this cello suite, performed by Matthew Barley, who also played an improvisation on the suite under the blue 'Prisoners of Conscience' windows in the cathedral the same afternoon. Many thanks to La Folia, and particularly to Sue Kent (General Manager), Howard Moody (Artistic Director), Adrian Harris (photographer), John Waddington (for use of the Medieval Hall), Sally Schweizer (Britten's niece) for a fascinating talk and Matthew Barley for inspiring the paintings. The photo (above) shows myself and Howard Moody in front of 'IV Lento'.

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    Another choral music cover design  -   05/04/2013

    This is the sixth volume in the Boosey & Hawkes 'Concerts for Choirs' series. I have supplied paintings for the cover artwork for each of the collections. Kaleidoscope contains twenty secular settings for upper and unison voices compiled and edited by Ronald Corp.

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    'Gloriana' exhibition - Aldeburgh - June 2013  -   28/04/2013

    My new collection of 40 oil paintings, created to celebrate both the 60th anniversary of the first performance of 'Gloriana' and Britten's centenary will be on show throughout the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival. Dates: 8-23 June 2013, 10-5pm daily. Venue: Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery, High Street, Aldeburgh. This lovely, half-timbered gallery is situated above the Aldeburgh Cinema, opposite the Aldeburgh Bookshop at the northern end of the town. I will be resident in Aldeburgh for most days during the Festival and so hope to see as many friends as possible during the fortnight. The Aldeburgh Cinema will be showing a live broadcast of Gloriana from the Royal Opera House on Monday, 24 June. For more information on this, please click on the link below.

    Gloriana from the ROH

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    Goodbye London - Hello Aldeburgh!  -   06/06/2013

    After months of preparation I am ready with half an hour to spare. See you in Aldeburgh! Jane

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    Nearly there...!  -   17/05/2013

    After almost two years preparation, my exhibition at Aldeburgh is now only three weeks away. There will be a total of 64 paintings to see: 39 on the walls - oil paintings of specific scenes, bars or even just one chord - from Gloriana. The remainder are small acrylics on canvas board: based around the opera itself or closely related themes such as Elizabeth I's palaces, or Tudor gardens. I shall be in Aldeburgh most days, between 8-23 June and am very much looking forward to this two-week long party!

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    Gloriana paintings now on website  -   07/07/2013

    We had the most marvellous time in Aldeburgh. Thank you to everyone who made it to my exhibition; it was wonderful to be able to catch up with so many old friends and to meet new ones. The festival was hugely exciting, with a real 'centenary' buzz and amongst many superb events 'Grimes on the Beach' was certainly one of the most extraordinary and unforgettable. I have now put photos of all the larger oil paintings on to the artworks page of this website. Please email me if you would like to see a higher resolution image of any of the paintings, or an explanation of any of them. The photo shows my car loaded up with canvasses en route to Aldeburgh!

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    The Third Cello Suite - exhibition in Bristol  -   20/08/2013

    I will be exhibiting my thirteen paintings of Britten's Third Suite for Cello, op. 87, in the Doric Room, Crypt, St George's Bristol, Great George Street, BS1 5RR from 14 – 27 September. Opening times for the show vary according to the concerts happening in the church, and are as follows: Sat 14th September (12noon-6pm); Sun 15th (9am-12 noon); Wed 18th (5.30pm-10pm); Thurs 19th (5.30pm-10pm); Fri 20th (5.30pm-10pm); Sat 21st (1pm-9.30pm); Sun 22nd (11am-9pm); Thurs 26th (5.30pm-10pm); Fri 27th (5.30pm-10pm); Sat 28th (1pm-10pm); Sun 29th (9am-12noon). If you are making a special journey to see the exhibition it would be advisable to check opening days and times before setting off by phoning the Box Office on 0845 402 4001. I hope to see you there!

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    Artwork for Salisbury  -   14/10/2013

    12th October was the date for the 21st Birthday Concert of the Salisbury Community Choir. Works performed in the cathedral featured the world premiere of 'The City Garden' by Will Todd, and Benjamin Britten's 'Saint Nicolas'. The choir commissioned me to do the artwork for the publicity for this event (shown above). My explanation of the painting and its links to the music can be read by clicking on the link below.

    The meaning of the painting

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    Third Cello Suite paintings  -   14/10/2013

    After a fortnight in St George's, Bristol in September, the final exhibition of these paintings (in 2013) will be at the Britten-Pears Library, Aldeburgh to coincide with the last performance of Matthew Barley's 'Around Britten Tour' concert series, in the library. Matthew's concert will be on 4th December, the date of Britten's death in 1976.

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    100th birthday  -   22/11/2013

    Happy Birthday to Benjamin Britten who would have been 100 today!

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    Gloriana exhibition  -   25/06/2012

    Just a quick note to say that my silence on this news page is mainly because I'm deeply immersed in my Gloriana oil paintings. I'm 'on a roll' and the images are flowing, as is the paint! I have now completed sixteen out of a planned collection of forty new paintings, which I will exhibit in the Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery in June next year. The dates are subject to fine tuning but the exhibition will be open throughout the Britten Centenary Aldeburgh Festival, so 8-23 June, 2013 is about right.

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    Compassion in World Farming  -   19/06/2012

    My fund-raising project for Compassion in World Farming is now reaching its conclusion. I switched off my fridge and freezer on 1 January this year and have survived the past five and a half months without major incident! I have had some most generous sponsorship and have raised over £1,500 for this small but very effective charity but am still about £450 short of my £2,000 target. Below is the link to my fund-raising page for anyone who feels that they might be able to contribute. Also, the link to my blog, which documents my fridge-free experiment. Thank you in advance!

    My fund-raising web page

    My blog

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    Paintings at Glyndebourne  -   09/10/2011

    I'm very pleased to report that three quarters of my watercolours exhibited at Glyndebourne this season were sold. I'm now turning my thoughts towards paintings to celebrate the Britten centenary year in 2013. More news as plans develop...

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    Wigmore Hall Christmas card  -   21/01/2012

    My card,'Wigmore Hall in Snow', was chosen as the Wigmore Hall Director's official Christmas card for 2011.

    Wigmore Hall website

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    Paintings at Glyndebourne  -   17/07/2011

    This week I delivered some framed watercolours and a new limited edition print for the exhibition and shop at Glyndebourne. All are illustrations of Britten's opera 'The Turn of the Screw' which is being performed at the opera house from 11th August. The print (illustrated above) is titled 'Moonlight at Bly' - Bly being the country house at the centre of the drama, and the paintings depict the synaesthetic colours evoked by the 'Theme' movement of the opera using abstract images of windows, doors and the lake of Bly house. The archival giclée print on Somerset Enhanced paper is in an edition of only ten prints and is sold with a signed and numbered copy of my book of paintings 'The Turn of the Screw: visual responses to Britten's opera', available in the Glyndebourne shop. The paintings will be exhibited in the lower ground floor gallery area (next to the cloakrooms) until the end of the season and all are available for purchase.

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    Update on current projects  -   12/08/2011

    I have just received the proofs for my six new greetings card and one Christmas card design for the Wigmore Hall. I am also in the process of submitting some images of paintings to be incorporated in the cover designs of two new volumes in the Boosey & Hawkes 'Concerts for Choirs' series. Finally, I have some paintings from my 'Turn of the Screw' series on display in the current exhibition at Glyndebourne (see photo).

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    More card images now on the website  -   01/04/2011

    I have now put images of my whole collection of postcards and greetings cards on to the artworks pages of the website. These can be found on pages 3, 4 and 5 following the paintings. Postcards are 0.95 pence each and greetings cards (wrapped, with envelopes and blank inside) are £2.00 each. Packaging and delivery for any quantity of cards is FREE to addresses in the UK. The image above is from Benjamin Britten's 'Saint Nicolas', a work I first sang in our school choir and which is still one of my most favourite Britten works.

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    Glyndebourne Festival 2011  -   11/04/2011

    I am delighted to have been invited to exhibit paintings at the Glyndebourne Opera House again this year, to accompany the performances of Britten's opera 'The Turn of the Screw' in August.

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    New oil painting on artworks pages  -   02/04/2011

    The picture 'Sunset City Cat' (ref no 044) is an abstract urban scene, with hints of dockyards, high rise buildings and walkways. I have painted this work in oils on primed paper. The image above is a close-up of the cat, in case you missed it at the first glance!

    Click here to view this painting

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    Another new painting  -   25/03/2011

    Continuing my acrylic seascape series, I have added 'Northern Light' to the Artworks page. This painting has a deep viridian central area surrounded by darks. Though not specifically depicting the Northern Lights themselves the colours are reminiscent of these spectacular displays: something that I hope to see for myself one day.

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    New paintings!  -   05/03/2011

    I have added eight new paintings to the website this month, small seascapes painted in acrylic on canvas board. They are abstract images, and though not specifically based on music you might feel that some have a 'Peter Grimes' flavour to them.

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    Cards for Wigmore Hall  -   26/07/2011

    I have designed six new greetings cards and a Christmas card to be sold at London's Wigmore Hall from the start of the new concert season in September. The designs, based on photographs I took in the hall a few months back have just gone off to the printers for proofing... this space!

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    New Hall Art Auction  -   05/03/2011

    The New Hall Art Auction is now closed for bidding. The college reports that 'we have made a record-breaking £5,550 this year, which will be added to the Barlow Art Fund, an endowment set up in 2005 through the generosity of the Barlow family for the long term care and conservation of the New Hall Art Collection'.

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    New Hall Art Collection  -   03/03/2011

    The New Hall Art Collection (Cambridge) is celebrating its 25th year in 2011. It houses around 400 works by nearly 300 artists and is now regarded as 'the most significant collection of women's art in Europe'. I have four works in this collection which can be viewed online. I have also donated a small pen & ink sketch of a leaping cat (Lot 37) to the fund-raising auction: bidding will take place online (see link below) from 18th February to 4th March 2011.

    Art Auction

    New Hall Art Collection

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    Paintings exhibited at Aldeburgh  -   17/08/2008

    Three of my paintings from Britten's Saint Nicolas are shown here on display, as part of the current exhibition at The Britten–Pears Library, Aldeburgh.

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    Filming for S. Korean TV  -   01/10/2008

    On the last Friday in September I spent an intensive three hours filming for EBS-TV, one of the main South Korean TV channels. The 3-part documentary will be about creativity, imagination and synaesthesia. Interestingly, the researcher told me that the word 'synaesthesia' does not occur at all in Korean dictionaries, so these programmes will be ground-breaking in that country. I was interviewed, and then filmed painting 'Mars' from Holst's Planets Suite.

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    Boydell and Brewer  -   10/08/2009

    I am delighted to announce that Boydell and Brewer, the specialist music publishers based in Suffolk, have agreed to take our book: The Turn of the Screw - Visual Responses to Britten's Opera on to their catalogue. Click on the link below for details.

    Link to Boydell and Brewer website

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    New Christmas card for 2008  -   25/10/2008

    I have designed a Christmas card which will be sold in aid of The Bach Choir and will be available from mid-November. The card, entitled 'Christmas garlands', can be ordered now through the Bach Choir website by clicking on the link below.

    Order Christmas cards

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    3 Minute Wonder Film  -   10/08/2008

    To see my appearance in the short film, recently shown on Channel 4, please click on the link below, then scroll down to the thumbnail photo of me wearing headphones.

    3 Minute Wonder film

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    3 Minute Wonder TV programme  -   21/07/2008

    I will be appearing (very) briefly on Channel 4 on Tuesday 22nd July at 7:55pm in a three minute film about synaesthesia. The title of the film is 'Seeing a song, hearing a smile' and is part of the 3 Minute Wonder series which showcases the work of talented young film directors.

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    Turn of the Screw book launch  -   20/06/2007

    'The Turn of the Screw: visual responses to Britten's opera' was launched at The Britten–Pears Library, Aldeburgh on Tuesday, 19th June. About 130 guests enjoyed a drinks reception in the magical library built by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears to house their extensive collection of books, paintings and sculpture. Andrew Plant accompanied Andrew Swait (treble) in a short recital of music by Poulenc and Britten and the glorious, sunny day allowed people to explore the gardens and environs. Pictured above is James Bowman receiving a copy of the book from Andrew and Jane, all three of whom have signed each of the 300 copies of this limited edition.

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    Turn of the Screw book on sale  -   13/06/2007

    Book now on sale! We are pleased to announce that, in preparation for the official launch on 19 June, copies of both editions of The Turn of the Screw are now on sale at The Aldeburgh Bookshop.

    Click here to order on-line

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    TOTS BOOK GOES TO PRESS  -   07/04/2007

    Andrew and I, together with our designers Richard and Sam Adams, have been working intensively on our Turn of the Screw book over the past few weeks. I'm very pleased to announce that the final draft (8th I think it was) of the book was sent to the printers, Hill Shorter, last Tuesday, April 3rd. We now have a short breathing space before the first proofs come back for checking. The photo shows Andrew (nearest the camera) and Sam working on the final, final version on computer last week.

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    New website launched  -   05/03/2007

    Today we have launched our new website for Sounding Art Press. Do have a look! You will find information about the press itself, and our forthcoming book:The Turn of the Screw - visual responses to Britten's opera. There are also some exciting plans re further publications.

    Click here to see the new website

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    New Hall Art Collection Auction  -   10/04/2007

    New Hall has an outstanding Collection of works by women artists, the second largest only to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. It has been created largely through the exceptional generosity of the artists themselves and includes works by Maggi Hambling, Barbara Hepworth, Paula Rego and Judy Chicago. The New Hall Art Campaign is aiming to build on the foundation of the Barlow Art Fund to ensure that there is a permanent endowment to support the annual costs of maintaining the Collection, including cataloguing, labelling and conservation costs. Many of the artists in the Collection have kindly donated 'postcards' to be auctioned in aid of this cause. You can bid for an original, postcard-sized work at The auction will end at 4pm on Friday 20 April 2007. Full details on how to bid are available on the website. P.S. I have donated a painting for this auction. Can you spot which one it is?

    Click here to bid

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    THE PROSPECTUS IS READY!  -   08/03/2007

    We have now taken delivery of our prospectus for the Turn of the Screw book and will be mailing this out over the next few days. If you would like to receive a prospectus and are not already on the Sounding Art or the Sounding Art Press mailing list, please send a message via the Contact form on either website, including your postal address, and we will 'rush' one to you, as the adverts say!

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    The Turn of the Screw book  -   16/02/2007

    Our Turn of the Screw book is now at the proof-reading stage which is very exciting. The prospectus and order form is at the printers now, and will be mailed out over the next two to three weeks. All the members of the Sounding Art mailing list will automatically receive a copy. If you are not already on my list but would like to receive a prospectus, please send me your details via the Contact page on this website.

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    Auction of Promises  -   30/01/2007

    Chelmsford County High School for Girls Centenary Ball and “Music Matters” appeal. CCHS is consistently one of the top performing state secondary schools in the Country – this year top of the GCSE league table. The school which is currently celebrating its Centenary year has recently been granted its third specialism as a Music College; reflecting the ethos that music is central to a good education. The immensely talented student body includes a high proportion of musically gifted girls. Accommodation for music at the school is very limited and funds are currently being raised to build a new state of the art facility to include teaching, performing and recording areas. The £750,000 cost of this venture has been, in part, met by a substantial grant from the DfES. However, parents and friends have raised about £150,000. Work is due to start during Spring 2007 and it is hoped to complete the funding by the end of this year. To round off the Centenary Year and to raise further funds for this worthwhile project the CCHS “Centenary Ball” is being held in the Great Hall at Kings College, Cambridge at the end of March. During the evening there will be professionally run Auction of Promises. I am supporting this event by providing an auction lot in the form of a commissioned painting of the music of the winner’s choice.

    Chelmsford County High School for Girls

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    Turn of the Screw book  -   01/11/2006

    Andrew Plant, pianist and musicologist at the Britten–Pears Library, Aldeburgh, and I are making great progress with our limited edition book of paintings and commentary on Britten's operatic masterpiece 'The Turn of the Screw'. We are working closely with the wonderful designer, Richard Adams and are on course to launch the book next spring. We are founding 'Sounding Art Press' and are currently working on a website for this. Meanwhile, more information will regularly be posted on the Sounding Art site, and on Andrew's site (see link below), and also of course through my own newsletter. If you are not already signed up to receive copies, please visit the Contact page and send me your details.

    Andrew Plant, pianist and musicologist

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    Boosey & Hawkes choral series  -   01/11/2006

    I have finished two new paintings for the Boosey & Hawkes 'Concerts for Choirs' series. One is entitled 'Pastorale', for a collection of English pastoral music; the second is called 'Confetti and Cake' and is for a volume of pieces suitable for use at weddings. The photo shows the London Offices of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers, in the Aldwych.

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    Boosey & Hawkes' Concerts for Choirs  -   12/08/2006

    Recently I have been working on some paintings for the front covers of a new choral edition, Concerts for Choirs, for Boosey & Hawkes. The first two volumes, 'Christmas in Blue' and 'Calmo' appeared at the end of July, and a third volume, 'Sing Britannia!' is to be published in the autumn. Two more of these anthologies have been planned and I have been commissioned to design the covers for these too. More information about these publications can be found by clicking on the links below.

    For 'Calmo':

    For 'Christmas in Blue' :

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    Interview for BBC 4  -   31/10/2006

    Following on from the previous news item, my interview did take place after all. After the fire the Royal Albert Hall was, astonishingly, up and running 24 hours later in time for the Prom concert on 4 September. The work which was scheduled for the previous evening, Matthias Pintcher's 'Herodiade Fragmente' sadly had to be ditched and I was not therefore able to show the painting that I had done specially for the broadcast. (This work can however be viewed on the Artworks page of this site). I was interviewed up in the gallery by Zeb Soanes (of BBC R4 shipping forecast fame!) and discussed with him the paintings that viewers had submitted in response to various pieces of music.

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    Fire at the Albert Hall!  -   03/09/2006

    I was due to do an interview at the Prom concert tonight at the Royal Albert Hall. Unfortunately the concert has had to be cancelled following a small fire which started in an oven in the Artistes' Bar. The sprinkler system waterlogged the main circuit board of the hall, cutting out all the electrics, and there is apparently also some smoke damage to the hall, together with a flooded basement. BBC4 TV are planning to run my interview tomorrow (4th September) in the Prom interval, if the hall is habitable by then. Watch this space...

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    New Christmas Card design  -   01/11/2006

    This photo shows my new Christmas card design which is sold in aid of The Bach Choir. The image is entitled 'Jingle Bells' and includes various elements relating to this well-known carol. The cards are available by following the link below and cost £6.50 for ten (plus P & P), with discounts for orders of more than 50 cards.

    Click to order Christmas cards

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    James Bowman's 65th birthday concert  -   14/08/2006

    James Bowman will mark his 65th birthday with a recital of English Song by candle-light in the magnificent 15th-century church of Blythburgh, Suffolk on Saturday, 14 October at 4.00 p.m. James will be accompanied by Andrew Plant (piano) in a programme to include works by Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Howells and Britten. Tickets at £18 (to include interval wine and a programme), concessions £15, are available from 01737 779690 (answerphone), or in person from wrapCD, 158 High Street, Aldeburgh. Tickets will also be on sale at the door, subject to availability: all seats are unreserved. I am helping to organise this event, so do join us for what will undoubtedly be a most joyful occasion!

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    Interview for BBC4 TV  -   30/08/2006

    I will be interviewed live from the Royal Albert Hall in the interval of the Prom concert, on Sunday 3 September. The BBC has invited viewers to submit art works inspired by music and has asked me to talk about them. The broadcast will go out at approximately 8pm on Sunday. More details can be seen by clicking on the link below.

    Link to BBC4 website

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    Summer Newsletter  -   10/08/2006

    My summer newsletter is now available. If you are not already on my mailing list and would like a copy, please send me your postal address via the Contact form.

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    Tewkesbury Spring Festival  -   16/05/2006

    Exhibition: I will be showing watercolours of English Song and oil paintings from my Rachmaninov Vespers series on Saturday and Sunday, 27 and 28 May, 12 noon – 6.30pm in Beauchamp House, Abbey School, Church Street, Tewkesbury (opposite the Abbey). All work will be for sale. Concert and talk: The English Song Book concert is on Saturday 27 May at 1pm (tickets £5). Baritone Francis Brett joins Nicholas Chalmers (piano) to perform a series of songs with connections to the Cotswolds, including George Butterworth's 'Bredon Hill' and Gerald Finzi's 'Earth and Air and Rain'. Andrew Plant, Curator for Exhibitions at the Britten–Pears Library, musicologist and accompanist (and my co-author on the Turn of the Screw book!) will be giving a pre-concert talk at 12.30pm on 27 May. Free to concert ticket holders. Both the concert and the talk are in Beauchamp House, in the exhibition room. A performance of Bach's Mass in B minor will be given in the Abbey at 7.30pm on 27 May. For more information and to book tickets please contact the Box Office on 01684 295074. Website: I will be at the Festival all day on Saturday 27 May for these events, and look forward very much to seeing friends there.

    Tewkesbury Festival website

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    Concert on 27 January 2006  -   09/02/2006

    27 January was Mozart's 250th birthday. My brother, Andrew Mackay, conducted a celebratory concert at St. Martin's Church, Salisbury at 7.30pm. The programme included the Mozart Vespers and Requiem, with The Sarum Consort, The Sarum Players, and Olivia Robinson as soprano soloist. The church was absolutely packed, even with extra chairs up, and there was a tangible buzz as friends met friends, and then enjoyed a musical feast, which was followed by an equally packed and jubilant reception in the church hall opposite. A wonderful way to celebrate Mozart's 250th.

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    CIWF Fund-raising  -   21/01/2012

    I am trying to raise £2,000 for Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) by seeking sponsorship for my BIG FRIDGE SWITCH-OFF experiment. I am attempting to live without a fridge or freezer for the first six months of this year to support CIWF, and particularly their campaign for banning battery cages for laying hens. Please visit my blog and fund-raising pages (links below). Any donation, however small or large, will be hugely appreciated. Postscript: the final amount raised in this project was £3,000. Many, many thanks to all who contributed. The work of CIWF goes on and is even more necessary than previously. I have decided to switch off my fridge/freezer every year for the month of January (in lieu of New Year resolutions!)and have already started running down my freezer contents in preparation for 2013's effort.

    My blog

    My fund-raising page

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    Filming for Philharmonia  -   17/08/2008

    On Monday 28 January I filmed an interviewed in my studio on the subject of Messiaen and synaesthesia, for the Philharmonia Orchestra website. This was part of the publicity for the series of concerts featuring the music of Messiaen that the orchestra is involved with. I will add a link to the interview when the film clip appears on their site, which will probably be in October.

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    Gloriana - Benjamin Britten  -   24/01/2012

    Britten composed his opera 'Gloriana' in 1953. Though this masterpiece was written to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, it is actually based on the life of Queen Elizabeth I. I am planning a series of 30-40 paintings of the whole opera, which I will be starting work on very shortly, and hope to exhibit during the Aldeburgh Festival in June 2013. 2013 will be an astonishingly exciting year: not only is it the 60th anniversary of 'Gloriana' but the centenary of Britten's birth (22 November 1913). There will be year-long celebrations and many performances of his works including a new production of 'Gloriana' at Covent Garden. I am thrilled to be taking part in these celebrations with this solo show.

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    New painting added to website  -   17/03/2006

    I've recently added 'Chichester Cathedral from the North Walls' to the artworks page. I painted this watercolour during the 2003 'Paint the City' competition, organised jointly by the Chichester Festivities and Pallant House Gallery. This painting was exhibited in the cathedral cloisters and won a 'Painter of the Day' award.

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    Website changes  -   11/03/2006

    You may notice small changes here and there. Tim Ault at Alberon Systems has done much work 'behind the scenes' to allow the mechanics of the site to work smoothly with Safari, the Mac browser of choice. I also use an ancient version of Internet Explorer so he has a challenging task. I'm always grateful for any feedback as to how this site functions with your particular computer, browser, operating system, etc. We have also reached the proof-reading stage, so I am open to all suggestions for improving the grammar, spelling and so on...

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    Research at BPL  -   03/02/2012

    I recently spent two days at the Britten–Pears Library in Aldeburgh in order to look at archive material associated with the composition of Britten's opera 'Gloriana'. Among many fascinating documents, I was able to study Plomer's draft of the opera libretto, microfilm of Britten's composition draft, and Britten's own copy of Lytton Strachey's book 'Elizabeth and Essex'. The photo above shows a page of this book, with Britten's pencil marking in the left margin, highlighting a passage describing the character of the young Earl of Essex.

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    Limited Edition print  -   03/03/2011

    The image depicted here is 'Sound the Flute' (from Britten's Spring Symphony). This is available both as a greetings card, and also as a signed, limited edition print, size 57 x 41 cm. Price £35 (includes P & P).

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    Shades of Music Collection - Photowall  -   29/10/2016

    The Swedish interior design company, Photowall, has written about my new collection of paintings on their blog: click on the link to read.

    Link to blog

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    The Turn of the Screw - progress on book  -   03/03/2006

    We are planning to publish all 33 of my Turn of the Screw paintings as a Fine Art book, with musical commentary by Andrew Plant (Britten–Pears Library). Todd-White and Son are a photographic firm in central London who specialise in fine art photography and who can take pictures of these paintings without having to remove them from their frames. I am making good progress in collecting the paintings from all over the UK to get these photos done. If you own one of the Turn of the Screw series, you should be hearing from me in the near future!

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    Photowall  -   28/10/2016

    Since August I have been working with the Swedish interior design company Photowall. I started the 'Shades of Music' collection with four paintings based on classical versions of popular songs as part of the 'Colour Your World' project. A short video was made to accompany the launch, which you can see via the link below, this being the result of 8 hours filming in my studio on a hot August day!

    Shades of Music collection

    Video about my artwork - Photowall

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    'Fab After Fifty'  -   31/10/2016

    A question and answer article in the online magazine Fab After Fifty.

    Link to article

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    MFA – UAL  -   29/10/2016

    I have spent the past two years studying for my Masters degree at Wimbledon College of Arts. This has been a challenging and extraordinarily stimulating and interesting time, culminating in our degree ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in July. We were delighted that the UAL (University of Arts, London) chancellor, Grayson Perry, was in attendance, who urged us all to stand up and wave to our families and friends in the audience 'without whose support none of you could have got to where you are now'. Absolutely true!

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    Hayward Gallery Night: 10 February 2006  -   12/02/2006

    There were 650 visitors to the 'Late Night at the Hayward Gallery' on the South Bank on Friday 10th February.The Dan Flavin exhibition was open, and there was music, a display of 1960s style lighting effects and a bar in the foyer of the Sunset Pavilion. There was an amazing 'buzz' and the crowds stayed until 11pm. I ran three informal Art Workshops for visitors during the event, which was huge fun. Though most people were complete beginners when it came to practical art there were some stunningly good paintings produced during the course of the evening, which we hung on the walls of the 'Talk Space', and a great deal of laughter and good humour as well. All my workshop attendees can now truthfully boast that they have had their paintings hung at the Hayward Gallery.

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    'Messiaen and Synaesthesia'  -   29/10/2016

    The film that I made in January 2008 is still up on the website of the Philharmonia Orchestra and is now also on YouTube. Lasting about 5 minutes, it is introduced by Peter Hill, Messiaen's biographer. To see the film, click on the link below. The October podcast, of which the film forms the latter part, also features interviews with Sir Charles Mackerras and George Benjamin.

    Messiaen and Synaesthesia film

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    Painting for Doctors' protest  -   01/03/2016

    An article about my latest painting appeared as headline news in GPonline magazine on 29/2/16. Follow the link below to view both the art and the article.

    Click here to view GP article

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    Goodbye London - Hello Aldeburgh!  -   06/06/2013

    After two years of preparation I am ready with half an hour to spare. See you in Aldeburgh! Jane

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    BBC1 - 'Recipe for Success'  -   07/01/2006

    Last autumn I took part in some filming for the BBC 'Child of Our Time' series. The episode I appear in will be broadcast on Sunday 5 February at 8pm on BBC 1. The programme is titled 'Recipe for Success' and the producer says I am on air for about two minutes. I've no idea which two minutes of the 10 hours we spent filming will have been selected (!) but I think the programme itself should be interesting and worth watching.

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    Filming for BBC TV  -   23/10/2005

    On October 7th a four-person film crew from BBC 1 descended on my studio for the day. The filming was for the series entitled 'A Child of Our Time' : four hour-long episodes to be shown in January 2006. I was filmed painting, playing the oboe and being interviewed about my art and synaesthesia. It was alot of fun even though probably only about 2-3 minutes of our 10 hours of filming will ultimately be shown on TV. I will post more information, including the date of transmission, on the News Page when this becomes available.

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    Catalogue Raisonne : progress report  -   30/06/2005

    We are currently working hard on a complete catalogue of all my art works. This is a mammoth task since we have to track down somewhere between one and two thousand works in the UK and abroad. Andrew Plant, musicologist, has already put over 800 paintings on the database. We are working slowly back through years of assorted files, lists and packets of photographs (much of this is pre-digital). We will be contacting people we have down as owning my paintings at some stage, probably in late 2005 or early 2006, in order to gather missing information and cross-check our records. So anyone who has a 'Mackay' stashed away in the attic, please dig it out, as we will definitely want to include it. N.B. Proof-readers please note: I know that raisonne should have an acute accent on the 'e' - we are working on the problem!

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    'The Choir' Radio 3 broadcast this Sunday Jan 8th  -   05/01/2006

    Sunday January 8th 2006 18:30-20:00 on Radio 3. Aled Jones begins his new series on choirs by devoting the whole of the first programme to the work and achievements of Sir David Willcocks. Last autumn I and three other Bach Choir members were interviewed for the programme at Westminster Cathedral Hall, where our weekly rehearsals take place. Hopefully, we should be on air for a few seconds(!).

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    Bank Holiday Event  -   21/10/2005

    I hosted a two day fund-raising event over the August Bank Holiday at my home and studio, for my mailing list members and their families and friends. Many thanks to all those who came and who supported Macmillan Cancer Relief by buying paintings, prints, postcards and tombola tickets! The event produced over £4000 for Macmillan - a most satisfactory result.

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    New Christmas Card Designs  -   12/09/2005

    I have designed two new Christmas cards this year. The first has been commisioned by the Musicians Benevolent Fund with a design based on Ralph Vaughan Williams' 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols'. This is now available to order through the MBF website. The second card, designed for The Bach Choir, is entitled 'On Christmas Night' (shown on the right). It is now available through the Bach Choir website.

    Musicians Benevolent Fund Christmas card orders

    Bach Choir Christmas card orders

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    Launch of New Look website  -   15/07/2005

    My website 'Sounding Art' has been re-done with the help of Tim Ault of Alberon Systems, based in Oxford. The main changes, especially to the art works pages will enable me to update the paintings from home and add new works to the site as soon as they are painted and photographed. The site will continue to be worked on and improved in the next few weeks and months. Any comments and suggestions will be most welcome. All will be read and noted, and your feedback will help us to maintain a site that is, hopefully, useful and interesting.

    Alberon Systems website

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    New website feedback  -   09/08/2005

    Many thanks indeed to everyone who has been kind enough to send me their comments and suggestions about the new-look Sounding Art website. I am really most grateful. Your feedback has given me loads of ideas as well as pointing out some very basic stuff that needs attending to. We are working on it all and hope to correct the more major glitches as soon as possible. Other things may take a little longer. We are hoping to add a 'Members Forum' in due course.

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    Summer newsletter just out!  -   27/07/2005

    I have just posted out my summer newsletter. If you would like to join my mailing list and receive regular copies of the newsletter please email your details via the contact page.

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    ARTISTES' ART  -   01/07/2005

    This is a fund-raising idea: I am going to offer 'artistes', famous singers in the first instance, a free art lesson or two in return for a small painting to auction for charity. I have always been impressed at the wonderfully high standard of paintings that adult beginners have produced on my weekend art courses in previous years. I am gradually assembling my list of singing stars, and recruiting the fearless amongst them to take part! This project will be launched in the autumn with a view to a gala event/exhibition/auction of paintings in an exciting venue in a year or so's time. Watch this space for more info.

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    UK Synaesthesia Association Annual Meeting  -   16/05/2005

    The UK Synaesthesia Association Annual Meeting took place at University College London during the weekend 15-17 April 2005. I was invited to take part in a panel discussion on 'Synaesthesia, Art and Creativity' . The other panel members were: Ed Hubbard (INSERM, Paris), Daniel Glaser (UCL, and Scientist in Residence at Institute of Contemporary Arts) and Maggie Boden (author of The Creative Mind). Since about 60% of the audience were themselves synaesthetes, a very lively discussion ensued! I held an exhibition of music paintings during the weekend, featuring a selection of the Rachmaninov Vespers oil paintings and English Song watercolours.

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