Progress Update: 30/07/2017

What has been done?:

  1. Practising  the drum parts for ‘Ascension Complete’, ‘To marry or not to marry?’, and ‘Bull versus lioness’.
  2. Looked into getting  Condenser and Dynamic microphones
  3. Drawn up Blueprints for the Stage on Tuesday 25th July, and made progress assembling part of the skeleton of the stage on Friday 28th July.
  4. Picked up an Aston Origin mic to burrow from Ben Stone to use to do Test narrations and dialogues.
  5. Complete the narration and dialogue for ‘To marry or not to marry?’ and nearly finishing ‘Cousin under the axe’ thanks to Gary Payne (Lyricist for Gloriana)
  6. Meet the Choir ‘The Voices’ through speaking with Piet Zorn who is their Choir leader, they will be filling the role of the SATB choir parts of both ‘Ascension Complete’ and ‘Bull versus Lioness’. Courtesy of Terry Thomas (Acoustic and Electric guitarist for Gloriana) so kindly, using his contacts to help me out!

The Choir is a 16 member strong SATB ‘chamber’ choir, which are mostly female, and uneven numbers for each role (low numbers Bass’ and Tenors compare to Alto’s and Soprano’s). However, this could be advantageous as it might show more of the other lower register instruments more prominently, or alternatively, can multiply Bass and Tenor tracks to balance the parts up. The Choir and Peit Zorn are Powerful, full of fun and very eager to take part. Which is absolutely, really great!!

What has been learn’t?:

  1. How to use the Aston Origins mic.
  2. Learn a bit more about Microphones in general thanks to looking up ones to buy and microphones I used from the university in my previous endeavours.
  3. Gary pointed out to me about the challenges lyricists and spoken word writers (Libretto).
  4. How a large chamber choir warm up, practice, and study new songs.

What is the plan for following week?:

  1. Send Gary information of Elizabeth’s justifiable speech on the aftermath of Mary queen of Scot’s execution.
  2. Send Piet the materials needed such as the backing track, SATB full Score with Chords, and SATB individual parts.
  3. Learn about recording narration and dialogue parts and record testing parts with Ben’s Aston Origin mic.
  4. Meet Sally Hopkins (Going to represent Elizabeth I in Gloriana) soon.
  5. Build and blog/film building the Skeleton of the stage.
  6. Consider having a go at recording the drum parts maybe?

A start to the animation stage!

Through much pestering, and reminding, My father and I have made a start to the animation stage. Scaled blueprints have been written up as you can see below:

Drawn up blue prints of the stage’s skeleton. all measurements were written in millimetres.

From today, we have made a start at constructing the stage.

here is a picture of the work so far!:

The Platform is marked up and the frames/beams are connecting and gluing together! The pen or the pen on the left gives some sense of length!
As you can see, the stage is not going to be very large, finding a careful balance in the size of the stage and the props will be the challenge to tackle here. Too big means too heavy to carry and harder or longer to repair. too small and it will be difficult to navigate props around.


Progress update: 23/07/2017

What has been done?:

  1. Posted general recommendation posts on Facebook on the following Facebook groups:

Any Success?:

  1. In South Wales Musicians wanted/available group on Facebook, I came across, Krystal Mills, A Singer (sounds like Adele in both singing and Spoken word from her YouTube videos) who works cruise ship shows. Who despite no sight reading experiences, but interested in taking part, based a Cardiff.



2. I had a near immediate response from my post in Creative Collaborations UWTSD Swansea group page. A lady called Shelly Hopkins who is a Photography art student, and a Singer songwriter, She also a Voice imitator from acquiring acting experiences. She is very keen to get involved.

Both ladies are useful for the role of Elizabeth.

3. Terry Thomas (Electric and Acoustic Guitarist for Gloriana) has stepped forward to help me find SATB Choirs, giving me three contacts:

  • Cadno Music Cymru limited – a music retailer shop and team of music teachers, based in Llanelli.
  • Piet Zorn –  A Teacher at Llanelli music school and Choir Confidante (direct association specifically unknown at this moment)
  • Andy Pike –  A Pianist, Organist and Freelance musician. From Terry telling me he is a connected man.

What has been learn’t?:

  1. I am rapidly coming close to a stage where I will have to say to certain called-on performers that the roles I would need them in are filled with another person/group. I will therefore, have to think of a way of telling them nicely and a way that I can still use them for the future!
  2. By looking hard enough, you can find people out there to support your project!
  3. Spoken to Steve Bingham (Violin 1 + 2 and Viola part for Gloriana) he will be sing a acoustic violin, and I will have parts done until early August


What is the plan for the coming week?:

  1. Get the narration and dialogue parts for songs 2 and 3 done with Gary
  2. Buy the microphones needed or use the studios in Uni, to do the temporary spoken word vocal parts
  3. Mobilises the animation section.
  4. Do some research log page of the performers involved of how I will or would have recorded them.

Progress update 17/07/2017

What has been done?:

– Recruited new members to perform for Gloriana:

  1. Terry Thomas on both Electric and Acoustic Guitar
  2. Tristan Daniels on Bass
  3. Steve Bingham on Violins 1 + 2, and Viola

Created a Feedback form to give to all collaborators, to provide evidence of my professionalism.

Got now, all of the instrumentalists I must prioritise with (9 roles)

What has been learn’t?:

  1. If you don’t ask around, you might be surprised what support you can get.
  2. How to inform, inspire and supply potential and existing collaborators.
  3. Being persistent helps ensure what you want done.


What is the plan for the following week?:

  1. Speak with a friend of mine (Lesley Prosser) who is a Concert acclaimed pianist, and performs with Choirs, which might be beneficial for me to gain 4 soloists atleast from a SATB chior – which could also fill other vocal roles.
  2. Pursue finding vocalists to get hold off.
  3. ‘Mobilize’ the animations department – build the stage and props first
  4.   Get hold of the updated narration and dialogues from Gary, and look buy decent microphones to record test narration and dialogues.

Progress update 09/07/2017

What has been done?:

  1. Had my major project tutor visited me to examine my scores and discuss the extent that is expected of the performers I need to record.
  2. Improved my blog to make it more user friendly and professional with Roderick Davies (Website designer) support.


What has been learn’t?:

  1. That as a necessity, I would only need as the minimum of both to make Gloriana great enough in terms of quality in marking my major project, but also for professional standards, being to record All vocalist performers, the bagpipes, Guitars, Bass guitar, drums and at least Violinist (to play Violins 1 and 2, and also the Viola part) and the rest can remain as Virtual Instruments sounds (VSTs).
  2. This therefore makes my task much easier knowing what is expect of me at the end of the finished product.
  3.  I also learn’t that it is normal that not only performances on shows are mixed with performers and VSTs, but also when televised, a separate audio mix is tweaked with the audio manipulation ‘correcting’ software like Melodyne, regardless if the act performing create mistakes.
  4. I can still pursue having more instrumentalists to record, but I will prioritise with the hard to replicate performers

What is the plan for next week?:

  1. Check with Gary the Narration and Dialogue for To marry or not to marry (track 2) and Cousin under the Axe (track 3).
  2. Speak with Rob Owen, to discuss about the project.

Progress Update 02/07/2017

What has been done?:

  1. Spoken to Simon
  2. Added a Stage graphic plan to blog
  3. A Case study of films based on Elizabeth to blog
  4. Inspiration account for the animation stages so far added to the blog
  5. Proposed plan for the recording stage and list drawn up
  6. Arranged a meeting with Pete Williams (Music Theory lecturer, and Major project Tutor)
  7. Got some support in getting on how to use WordPress – Roderick Davies (Website designer)

What has been Learn’t?:

  1. I might have to prioritise with recording the ‘hard to replicate’ performers and remain using VST instruments for certain instruments.
  2. Extent of effort involved in making a big budget film when studying the Elizabeth films.
  3. Learn’t that my Blog so far is very informative and good, but got plenty to update with!

What is the plan for follow week?:

  1. Get Roderick to help me make a calendar selection interface for the Weekly progress updates
  2. Do a list of known contacts and confirmed performers before I see Pete on Friday