Blog, Projects & Gigs

Autumn 2023

On November 9 th I will be recording in Sheffield with Martin Archer and Bo Meson on an album. More about this to follow soon.

The amazing anti-choir Juxtavoices is back up and running. We will be performing on the 11 th of December at Bishops House, Norton Lees Lane, Sheffield S89BE. 7pm till 10pm

“Here’s a mass exorcism, a whole tribe talking in tongues, 30 full-moon were-Ligetis, and Wicker Man workings wrangled by the Swingle Singers.” – Stewart Lee, SUNDAY TIMES

We are on with “Whale Detective”.

Summer 2023

The Pursuance project is playing Lancaster Jazz on Wednesday September 6 th at 7-30pm. This is a continuation of the project that began in the first lockdown, with Laura Cole writing poems inspired by my visual art and me creating paintings based on Laura’s poems.

In the band are Laura on piano, Lara Jones on sax and electronics, Faye MacCalman on sax and electronics, Charlotte Keefe on trumpet and myself on percussion and electronics. The brilliant video created by andew martyn sugars will act as a visual score for the sounds.

On the Saturday 16 th and Sunday the 17 th of September I am exhibiting work as part of the Melbourne Art Trail in Derbyshire. I will be at John Springthorpe and Sons, Potter Street, Melbourne, DE73 8DW.

March 2023

I have a gig with Birmingham Improvisers Orchestra on April 7th from 2pm to 4pm. It’s at Moseley Road Baths, Birmingham.

The show at The Old Lock Up Gallery in Cromford is looking great and is on until April 29th.

Orchestra of The Upper Atmosphere, Theta 6 is now released on Discus. Also the trio album ( download only ) “Germination”, with myself, Lorin Halsall and Jan Todd.

You can read far more about the albums if you go to the links.

SPRING – 2023

In March there will be the release, on Discus, of ‘Orchestra of The Upper Atmosphere’, ‘Theta 6’, our 6 th album. Watch out for that!

Also released at the same time will be ‘Germination’ by the trio of Lorin Halsall bass, Jan Todd harp and electronics and myself on percussion and electronics.

I am showing work in a group show at The Old Lock Up Gallery – 19, The Hill, Swifts Hollow, Cromford, Derbyshire from 19 th March to the 29 th April, 2023.

There is an opening on the 19 th March from 2pm to 5pm. All very welcome.

I have a very interesting gig coming up at Dubrek in February.

Here is all you need to know.


DUBREK, Derby, 67, Bridge Street DE1 3LB

Saturday February 18th


Gill Whiteley – piano, viola, hurdy-gurdy, voice
Geoff Bright – bass, tenor, and soprano saxophones, voice
Walt Shaw – percussion, electronics , voice
Lyn Hodnett – voice, cello, trumpet, objects

“Free improv collective YOWL cook sonic collisions across an accelerating event-space from whispered zero right through to the scream of libidinal wrench.

Expect a weird conjunct of wind, voices, strings, percussion and full-on animal bodies pushing towards a maximal threshold of intensity.”

Geoff, Gill, Lyn and Walt have worked together in different collaborations in duos, trios, & larger groups for many years, but this particular quartet is new and is being brought to Derby from Sheffield, Wales and Burton-on-Trent

There will also be an exciting set from William McGiven

Will is a free form DJ on
His sets always surprise, shock, amaze and innovate

£5 on the door – Open 7-30pm

Autumn news

I will be doing a solo set at Dubrek on October 26th, 7-30pm. It will be percussion with electronics.


After a very successful gig at Marsden Jazz Festival with the Pursuance project, with Laura Cole, we are looking to develop the project further, with future gigs.
We are honoured to have been commissioned by Marsden Jazz Festival to have performed there.
Future performances will include myself, Laura Cole, Charlotte Keefe, Faye MacCalman and Lara Jones.

I am part of a new 4 piece band “Yowl”
We will be doing a gig at Dubrek, Derby, on the Saturday evening of February 18th.
‘Yowl’ is Gillian Whiteley, Geoff Bright, Lyn Hodnett and myself.
It has saxophones, hurdy gurdy, piano, percussion, cello and voices.
It’s a whirlwind of sound.