An Exciting Year
It's been a while since I last updated this page, but I thought now would be a good time to fill you in with my musical endeavours.
This year I've been creating the concept album for my new musical, Legends Of Arahma. I couldn't be happier with how the music is sounding - the soloists have delivered the vocals beautifully and captured the essence of the show. I've also been lucky enough to record a phenomenal ensemble in a London studio, thanks to the Kickstarter campaign launched earlier this year. I have a few more soloists to record and then we'll be releasing the album and looking to organise our first concert performance.
Writing a musical takes a lot of time, energy, focus, vision and most of all, patience. It can truly test your character – there are moments you feel on top of the world, but there are also moments of stress and disappointment. However, like with any art, we do it because we love it and sometimes an amazing thing comes along which we weren't expecting.
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to meet one of my idols, composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. It was an incredible honour, having someone of his creative talent discuss my songs and give personal advice on the craft of writing lyrics. He shared stories with me about the writing process of my favourite musical scores, The Hunchback Of Notre and The Prince Of Egypt. It was then clear the lyrics in Legends Of Arahma needed a lot of work. I spoke with my collaborator and over the course of the next 5 months, we re-wrote the lyrics to the entire score. The advice from Stephen Schwartz completely changed the way I approach writing lyrics and I'll be forever grateful to him.
In other news, I've recently completed the scores to a couple of short films which I'm very pleased with - a thriller and a reflective piece. I've also been contacted about composing the music to another original musical, which I've already written two songs for. The genre of the show excites me greatly and I'm looking forward to seeing what the music becomes.
In this industry, you need to take every opportunity you can, be open to collaboration and have a vision. For me it's simple, I want to create as much original and exciting music as possible and hopefully someday inspire others, in the way my idols inspired me. Currently, things are looking bright and I'm enjoying the ride.
Many thanks to everyone who's supported me on this journey. Let's see what the future holds!
Legends Of Arahma - Creating A Concept Album
As many of you know, over the last 6 months I've been writing an original fantasy musical called Legends Of Arahma! I've recently finished the orchestration and started recording the soloist. The next stage is to record our stunning ensemble in a London studio!
We've recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the recording. Please take a look at our campaign and watch the video;
If you can donate anything to our campaign, we would be most grateful! Funding is always tricky for new writers, but crowdfunding can be a wonderful avenue.
There are many incentives for you to look at, including a signed copy of the finished recording, a personal recording session with myself, Skype lessons in music composition or production, and many more.
Please share the campaign with your friends and help us complete our concept album!
Thank you for your support.
Unfolding Tales - Cast Recording
I'm pleased to announce that the new edition of the Unfolding Tales cast recording is now available on CD and for Digital Download!
The album features 8 new songs, written in 2017, including Hear Your Call and A Fellowship Lost. If you would like to purchase the album, simply click the link below;
Special thanks to my wonderful cast, who sound fantastic on recording. They each bought something new to the songs and it was an honour to work with such talent!
I very much hope you enjoy the album. Thank you.
Since the performance of Unfolding Tales at Stockwell Playhouse, I've been very busy with many different projects. Once again, I've worked with Baby Sensory, creating music for their next fundraising campaign for Tommy's. I composed the score to a short film directed by Colleen Paige, called Beneath The Fur, which was to help promote National Dog Day, 2017. I've also composed an original piece for the Basingstoke Area Youth Wind Orchestra, which will be performed this December in Basingstoke.
On top of all this, I've also been writing an original musical named Legends Of Arahma, with my collaborator Dries Janssens. I've composed 18 songs for the musical so far and only have 4 song left to compose until we've finished the first draft. I'm very pleased with the score and soon I'll be looking for singers to create the concept album. More details on Legends Of Arahma to come!
A fantastic cast has been assembled for this semi-staged concert production of Unfolding Tales with singers from hit musicals, including The Phantom Of The Opera, Mary Poppins, FAME, Jersey Boys, High School Musical and The Sound Of Music.
Do not miss an inspiring night of emotional story telling and memorable music. Details and Tickets
Over the last few months, I've written 5 new songs for the musical. These are to help further develop the characters and resolve a few of the story treads through music. I've also been creating some sheet music, as requested from a few fans of Unfolding Tales. These will be piano and vocal scores and will be available for download within a month or two, along with a new edition of the cast recording, which includes the 5 new songs. More news to come!
A massive thank you to those who donated to the musical Kickstarter campaign! You have helped raise £1779 towards the performance of Unfolding Tales at The Arts Theatre, West End on Nov 20th.
The amazing cast has been finalised and includes.
Lewis Greenslade - J.R.R. Tolkien
Alexa Terry - Edith Bratt (Edith Tolkien)
Graham Foote - G.B. Smith
Sarah Joyce - Mabel Tolkien
Giuseppe Pellingra - Father Francis
James Barclay - C.S. Lewis
Rich Watkins - Christopher Wiseman
Joe Hubbard-Bateman - Hilary Tolkien
New Kickstarter project for Jose[h's New Musical - Help us bring the show to the West End on 20th November 2016
10th July 2016 - New pages for Unfolding Tales - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/UnfoldingTales/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/unfoldingtales
- The Basingstoke Gazette -
New Musical explores the life of JRR Tolkien
Within hours of the closing performance of his debut musical, Joseph Purdue set his sights firmly on reproducing his show for the biggest stage of all - the West End.
23-yead-old Joseph's creation explores the life of perhaps the 20th century's most significant fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien - fabled author of novels The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Almost 200 people witnessed the production's debut across two nights at Basingstoke's Queen Mary's College on the Central Studio Stage.
Joseph said: "The response it has got since the performances has been incredible - friends of mine who prefer football over theatre came to support it and enjoyed it." "Not everyone knows about Tolkien's life and I wanted to steer away from doing what most do and create a musical based on a film or something already written." Many people say that once you have read a book, the film never lives up to it so I was keen to keep away from that but I have always been fascinated with the books of Lord of the Rings and the films." "Tolkien is a popular subject matter and his story is full of love and war and friendships."
Throughout Joseph's two hour musical, Tolkien's maturity and traumas are shown: his upbringing with Father Francis, his involvement within the semi secret Tea Club and Barrowvian Society, the First World War, his friendship with fellow fantasy writer C.S. Lewis and finally the origins of the Lord of the Rings.
Each period of Tolkien's life is delicately woven by the like's of Lewis Greenslade's J.R.R. Tolkien, Alexa Terry's Edith Bratt and GB Smith being portrayed by Graham Foote.
The blend of vocals captured the cinematic approach to Joseph's production.
And in truth the musical feels ready-made for stages bigger than QMC - a nod to Joseph's seismic compositions and passages of towering vocals.
However, Joseph believes there is still a lot of work to be done.
"Of course I want to take this to the West End and there has been interest from companies looking to develop it but I still need to work on the script."
"Musically it's almost on point but I will have to rework the script in order to take it to the next level."
"But Tolkien's is a story that will live on and I hope we can be part of that legacy."
The first concert dates and venue have just been announced for a choral performance Unfolding Tales, the new musical about the life of JRR Tolkien, featuring professional West End singers. The songs take you through the life of the greatest fantasy writer of the 20th century. It follows the writer's life from school days with his friends who share a desire to make the world a better place with their poetry, writing and music, through the traumatic shock of the First World War, his love with Edith his wife, friendship with CS Lewis and finally through to his international success with “The Hobbit” and “The Lord Of The Rings”.
Wed 20th and Thur 21st April at Central Studio, QMC, Cilddesden Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3HF. Performance begins at 7.45 pm, tickets £12 available from the box office.
Box Office Tel: 01256 418318