Lockdown 3 News!

  • Arts Council Award: Develop Your Creative Practice… I am over the moon to have be awarded this funding to allow me to focus on my musical endeavours during 2021 and I am now also helping many others with their applications! You can read more about the award here: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/DYCP
  • Shobana Jeyasingh Dance / I Fagiolini – UK / Sadler’s Wells Tour 2022 – I am currently working with SJD and Robert Hollingworth on an exciting new dance production for next year. Monteverdi’s ‘Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda’ opens the work, followed by a new work by Kareem Roustom. This has already opened up exciting new avenues such as arabic tunings and rhythms, and getting to know my way round electronics more intimately! https://www.shobanajeyasingh.co.uk https://www.ifagiolini.com http://www.kr-music.com http://edlyon.info
  • English Touring Opera Spring 2021 – Our plan is for a UK tour from April to May of Handel’s Amadigi with Jonathan Peter Kenny conducting a stunning piece which he has performed countless times, worldwide as a counter tenor. We very much hope this can go ahead in these difficult times. https://englishtouringopera.org.uk
  • Guildhall ‘Leaders on Stage’ course in Mentoring and Coaching… In October/November 2020 I took part in a short course on mentoring and coaching from a leadership perspective. Participants ranged from leaders of orchestras and section principles to managers. It was an amazing insight into new ways of thinking and working with others and I am really excited to see how this infiltrates my work and to help be a part of a changing atmosphere within the music profession. I will be taking this work further with RNCM students in the spring to gain my ECMM qualification and making my first steps into the field.

Two Händel Wraps!

Despite these strange times, I’ve been lucky enough to record two Handel discs – one in the UK and the other in Germany.

The first was with La Nuova Musica, with the extraordinary singers Lucy Crowe, Iestyn Davies and Christine Rice – however, unusually it was putting the solo instrumentalists namely Leo Duarte, Thom Gould and Joe Qiu, at centre stage as the ‘Unsung Heroes’ for a cracking set of arias directed by David Bates.

More recently, I’ve been back out to Germany at last to play with Il Gusto Barocco, a baroque orchestra in Stuttgart, directed by Jörg Halubek. You can hear our streamed concert here: https://www.halubek.com/ilgustobarocco/media/streams/

Bring on the next recordings!

First LIVE Stream… 4.6.20

In this time of deep political and social unrest and pain, I decided to put a set together in the form of a 30 minute, ‘Words and Music’ a meditation on the theme ‘GRIEF AND HOPE’. Sitting in the key of A to hold this stream of thought, I chose some stunning folk tunes from Sweden that I’ve been working on during lockdown from Erik Rydvall (Nickellharpe player) and some old favourite pieces / tunes from friends Feargus Heatherington, Badinage ensemble, Alehouse Sessions and Fra Fee. Folk and Baroque seem so close as genres anyway, but with four texts to tie it altogether, it feels even more natural as a medium, with the text illuminating the music and visa versa. It has also been a great joy to sing and improvise again and I look forward to developing this more in the coming months.

Ollie Mansfield’s series ‘FRONT ROOM CONCERTS’ on Facebook seemed like a great platform for what I wanted to achieve. I threw open the doors and windows and told a few neighbours to listen outside if they strictly socially distanced. The seagulls even joined in.

Here are some of the scenes… and to hear the set, go to my Listen page!

Arts council funding

I’m thrilled to have recently received Arts Council Funding to support my work. The first of my proposals has just come to fruition! It is a project about Freedom in aid of Refuge, the charity against domestic violence for women and children and involves 26 performers using spoken word and music.

You can find it here: https://naomiburrell.bandcamp.com

All proceeds until June 5th go to Refuge.

Listen out for a BBC Radio 3 playing of it alongside Sarah Angliss in the coming weeks!

Lockdown results of Madstun residency…

In October 2019 I was lucky enough to be funded to take some time to compose uninterrupted in a residency setting.  I invited cellist Zosia Jagodzinska and percussionist Michaela Antalová to join me for this creative period and we went over to ‘Madstun’ in Norway, Jon Balke’s stunning spot in the hills.  The results are nearly ready but in the meantime, here is a snippet of one of my poems we worked on.. Above you can see us with some students that we worked with in a college not far from Madstun.

Make a space 

Absorb the place 

Join the race

To save this place 


4 Show Spring Tour – English Touring Opera

It’s great to be leading ETO again for their Spring Tour 2020 with the Old Street Band!

  • Handel’s Giulio Cesare (revival)
  • Bach’s St. John Passion (immersive semi – staged)
  • Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte (in English)
  • Education Show: ‘The Extraordinary Adventures of You and Me’ (written by Ruth Mariner and composed by Omar Shahryar)

Beyond the crazy schedule, some challenges include playing viola d’amore for the John Passion, ‘changing hats’ for the SEND education show which I helped to devise with National Star College in Cheltenham in the autumn and, for the main shows, quickly switching between baroque and classical styles (and pitches).  I consider my role within the orchestra to be twofold: to encourage as high a quality of playing as possible but also to promote a great deal of camaraderie amongst colleagues so that we feel – as our name suggests – like a band. As usual, it is a pleasure working with the energetic and passionate Jonathan Peter Kenny, and this time it’s great to be getting to know Holly Mathieson from New Zealand, whose wonderful balletic gestures bring a fantastic lightness to Cosi fan tutte… See my ‘upcoming’ page for a full list of dates.


Badinage – funding & film release!

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‘Badinage’ – songs of scandal and protest from 17th Century, Paris – the exciting project that I’ve been a part of for nearly 10 years – has some exciting new developments!

Check our our new film – imagine the Pont Neuf in Paris with all the hustle and bustle..


Also, some great news is that Cambridge University have kindly agreed to continue funding us so that we can develop a fully staged production!  Watch this space.

A huge thank you to the master mind behind it all, Jonathan Rees and to Nick Hammond for his continued expertise and support.