A Conversation for Howard Goodall, Composer and Musician

Singing on Blackadder

Post 1

IanG

So did he sing counter-tenor part on the closing music for Blackadder 2 as well as for Blackadder 1? (I'm guessing so since the article says he can sing counter tenor as well as baritone, but it wasn't completely clear.)

Curiously enough I just finished watching Blackadder 1 on DVD - a friend lent it to me. I was wondering who was singing (and why he didn't appear to get a credit) - all becomes clear now. (I was also thinking that the orchestration sounded a lot like Red Dwarf's original theme music setting; now it's clear why!)


Singing on Blackadder

Post 2

Just zis Guy, you know? † Cyclist [A690572] :: At the 51st centile of ursine intelligence

I believe he did, it certainly sounds like him.


Singing on Blackadder

Post 3

Researcher 202368

Hello. Howard Goodall here. No, I didn't sing the counter-tenor at the end of each epsiode of Series 2 of Blackadder. In fact it was Jeremy Jackman, who was then a member of the a capella vocal group The Kings' Singers, and a jolly fine singer he is too.


The Dreaming

Post 4

dj_Gifford

Went to see "The Dreaming" during the Edinburgh Fringe 2002, and i thought the music was very moving. Of course I was performing with my own group (and the music was better!) but congratulations on the orchestration. What was the instrument (percussion) used with the bow called? It's on a layer of water, and it gives a fantastic sound.

Thanks.

Ex Lichfield Chorister


Singing on Blackadder

Post 5

Just zis Guy, you know? † Cyclist [A690572] :: At the 51st centile of ursine intelligence

S'truth! Howard Goodall no less - and only last week I got an email from Richard "Bicycle God" Ballantine. What exalted circles we move in on this here Internet thingy.


The Dreaming

Post 6

Thea

Hi, I'm Howard's PA and have got the answer to your question. The percussion instrument used is called a waterphone. It's a orb with water in it, metal spikes stick out - which you bow. The one used in The Dreaming had to be made especially for NYMT by a man in Germany - but it is a recognised instrument.

Thea


The Dreaming

Post 7

Just zis Guy, you know? † Cyclist [A690572] :: At the 51st centile of ursine intelligence

I understand that Howard has been commissioned to write a piece for the re-commissioning of the Albert Hall organ - is that right? Any idea who'll be playing it? Thomas Trotter, perchance?


Albert Hall Organics

Post 8

Researcher 202368

Yes, it is true I've been commissioned to write a piece to celebrate the organ's rebirth in June 2004. It will be a narrative epic (!)- a sort of 'Peter and the Wolf' for organ and other performers, with a text by the Irish poet Theo Dorgan (no, that isn't an anagram tailor-made for the project!)on a famous Classical Myth. I don't know who will play the premiere - it's not up to me - but it certainly won't be me. Manders are doing the rebuild. Howard G.


Albert Hall Organics

Post 9

Just zis Guy, you know? † Cyclist [A690572] :: At the 51st centile of ursine intelligence

I'm sure I've met at least one of the Manders at the Organ Festival in St Albans - they've done some very sympathetic rebuilds from what I've seen, so it should be in safe hands. I look forward to a treat in 2004 smiley - smiley


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