Performance and Recording
BBCTV Songs of Praise
t has been a privilege to have recorded with so many artists & choirs for this programme over the years. Songs of Praise has to be a 'National Treasure' now. I have always appreciated working with the BBC Songs of Praise team. They have a commitment to excellence and a passion for sharing the diversity of Christian Worship on national TV. I have also valued highly the way that people, from across our Nation, have been prepared to tell the stories of their life journey and of their faith for us to share and draw inspiration.
Please see their Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006ttc5
Recently I have been recording Life Journey at Open Sky studios with my friend and IONA co-founder Dave Bainbridge. Please see Dave's page on this site for more information on this.
Do also visit the IONA website for more news and background to the band that I co-founded with Dave: http://www.iona.uk.com.
Please visit also the links to sites of musicians, artists and organisations that I have been privileged to work with over the years. If you do like my music, then do please go on to visit the ICC or IONA websites to buy my CDs, or visit the iTunes store to download solo albums or individual tracks. For the 'Life Journey' CD do please visit the IONA & Lindisfarne Scriptorium sites and purchase these from us directly:
Lindisfarne Scriptorium: http://lindisfarne-scriptorium.co.uk
ICC Records Website:
On the live concert front, it has been something of a season of reunions:
Two years ago I joined with my friend & IONA partner Dave Bainbridge to present an evening of music at Spring Harvest, as part of their After Hours programme. This was an programme of early IONA music (mainly from the 'Iona' & 'Book Of Kells' projects) along with music from 'Eye Of the Eagle' and also a completely spontaneous improvised session to images, themes & Celtic Illuminations by Mary Fleeson. This was an unforgettable concert to an audience of about 1500 people at Spring Harvest. Later in that year (and during 2007) I then joined my old friend Adrian Snell for a series of concerts in Holland & Switzerland - these were truly memorable presentations of Adrian's groundbreaking work 'Alpha & Omega' (now in it's 20th year!).
This spring (April) I played again with Graham Kendrick for a concert described as 'An Evening with Graham Kendrick'. Graham performed songs from his huge back catalogue and shared some of the stories behind them. The format was similar to the one that we used during the Cathedrals Tour (2003/04), a small semi-acoustic ensemble (you can hear music from this tour on the live CD 'Sacred Journey').
It has been good working with various artists and choirs for BBCTV 'Song's Of Praise' over the years. I haven't recorded for the last year or so, but it is amazing how often I pop up on the TV screen! (they seem to like quite a few of the recordings of which I have been privileged to be a part). For more information on these programmes and on Songs Of Praise do visit their excellent website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006ttc5
ICC has released a 4 CD Box Set of my solo projects entitled 'IN PARADISUM'. This collection represents my recording work with ICC over some 10 years (since 1995 when my first solo project 'Columcille' was released) and has been released as a fold-out boxset. (For more on this and track samples, see my Solo Projects page on this site)
For reviews & more information on this release and to also purchase In Paradisum (and others) please go to any of these websites: ICC Records & Studio: http://www.iccrecords.com/main.php?rowID=1186 CrossRhythms: http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/artists/David_Fitzgerald/4478/ USA: http://www.goldusa.com/FCD/F335/f335.html
It is also now possible to purchase tracks & albums from iTunes. Just go to the itunes store & type in my name.
IONA recordings are now also available on iTunes. Most of our projects are also now available from Amazon.com & other main outlets.
The Eye Of The Eagle This has now been released in DVD format (by Voiceprint). This offers for the first time the opportunity to see the one and only live concert of this project (at Norwich Cathedral, for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival). For a preview, have a look at this link on You Tube: EOTE on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc2AvFZOIsg
During the last year I have been recording (and co-writing pieces for) a new project with my friend (& co-founder of IONA) Dave Bainbridge. This project is entitled 'Life Journey' and is based on the writings & illustrations of Mary Fleeson (who lives with her husband Mark and children Aurian & Calum on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne). This has been a very special project for Dave & myself. We think that you will like this (particularly if you like the early Iona recordings, such as 'The Book Of Kells'). It was released in May 2009.
For more on this project do visit:
Follow this link to see a recording for First Light of 'Beate Viscera Marie Virginis' this was for the BBC in 1996, and is 12th century plainsong. I am joined by Timothy Brown (Countertenor), Tim Oliver (Keyboards & Programming). Recorded in The Chapel Of St Mary Undercroft, Palace Of Westminster (London) Directed by Graham Judd.
The Breaking of the Dawn
Dave Bainbridge & I recently worked on another new(ish) project with Nick Fletcher (called 'The Breaking Of The Dawn'), it is well worth looking into this recording (also available on iTunes!) which is based on the songs of Keith Getty & Stuart Townend. For more on Nick's recordings: http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/artists/Nick_Fletcher/8590/