Ten years of Keyboard Camp

Keyboard Camp – the exciting four-day residential course for keyboard and piano players, held every Easter in the heart of rural Norfolk (first at Wymondham College, and subsequently at Whitwell Hall and now the How Hill Trust) – is turning ten years old this year! First held in 2008, this year’s Camp marks the ten-year anniversary of what has become the highlight of the musical year for many young keyboard players and pianists in the area.

Sectional rehearsals in The Big Room at How Hill
Sectional rehearsals in The Big Room at How Hill

Organised and run by the team from the Norfolk Keyboard Orchestra, Keyboard Camp is a great opportunity for students of piano and keyboard of all ages and stages to come together and enjoy making music in a fun and social environment. As well as sectional rehearsals (with parts tailored to suit different playing abilities), and full orchestral playing, there are a variety of other workshops (on topics ranging from different styles of keyboard playing, to using technology in music and writing your own compositions), and opportunities to have fun learning and making music together – plus games, quizzes, ‘tuck shop’, and the inevitable talent show.

Synthesis and technology workshop
Synthesis and technology workshop

This year, we return to the How Hill Trust in Ludham, to enjoy a selection of brand new repertoire and old favourites (all especially arranged for keyboard ensemble) in this beautiful country setting.

If you, your children, or your students are interested in Keyboard Camp, please contact Rory Marsden for more information, and to book your place on this amazing ten-year anniversary edition of the much-loved course – or download the application form here to ensure you don’t miss out.

Composing and using technology
Composing and using technology

Working with samples and Nord keyboards in the studio

Spending a lot of time in the studio, working with the Nord Sample Editor to get my Nord Wave synth ready for some new upcoming projects this year.

Jamie Roe Band’s ‘Reach For The Tide’ streaming now on SoundCloud

Slightly belatedly, Jamie Roe Band’s 2015 EP ‘Reach For The Tide’ is now available to stream in full on SoundCloud.  Recorded and produced by blues recording maestro Lee Jacobs (Ron Sayer Jr., etc.) at Tide’s Reach Studios in Lowestoft, the record is a collection of four songs showcasing the Jamie Roe Band.

I co-wrote all four tracks with Jamie and the band, and contributed piano, Hammond organ and backing vocals on the recording session.

Listen here:

Ultra ’90s in Kessingland

A few pictures from my gigs with Ultra ’90s this July.