The Prize Racket – the fourth Stockwell Park Orchestra novel – will be published on 20th January 2022.
After a brief and disastrous Resident Poet episode, Stockwell Park Orchestra is invited to take part in a TV competition for classical music. For a £50,000 prize some competitors are tempted to stretch the genre to ‘crossover’ and beyond. Can a full concert orchestra compete with jazz bands, horn quartets, harp ensembles, and Mrs Ford-Hughes singing in Portuguese with nine cellos? Or will the competition be derailed by the poet’s return, this time sporting live Ambient Sounds? The TV producers aren’t worried: they know a good fight means great ratings.
When Stockwell Park Orchestra goes on tour to Europe, it proves a challenge for even the most efficient German logistical planner.
A teenage stowaway, brass players falling in canals and a sabotaged timpani van are all in a day’s work for Ingrid Bauer of Note Perfect Tours, but even she can’t solve all the problems this week throws at her. Maybe a bit of surprise Bach can calm the muddy Brexit waters. She just has to fish out the musicians first.
A High-Choir Act is a free short story in the Stockwell Park Orchestra world. Download available now.
Spem in Alium as you’ve never heard it before
When not conducting Stockwell Park Orchestra, Eliot Yarrow can be found singing baritone. But in one performance of Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis, even he isn’t prepared for what can happen on a church balcony in the name of art.
Forty singers and an audience that isn’t afraid to get involved: what, as they say, can possibly go wrong?
Bold as Brass is the second book in the Stockwell Park Orchestra series.
When players in Stockwell Park Orchestra fear they may be getting out of touch with their local community, they invite children from two nearby schools to join them for a season. Supercilious, rich Oakdean College pupils have never mixed with the rough Sunbridge Academy kids, and when things go missing and rumours spread, the situation threatens to turn ugly. And that’s before any parents – or a godfather who happens to be a famous composer – get involved. DCI Noel Osmar has to tread carefully. After all, he’s off duty.
Can music heal social rifts? Who has been stealing and why? And will orchestra administrator Pearl have to go to Waitrose for some Duchy Original biscuits to keep the peace?
Life, Death and Cellos is my first novel, published by Farrago Books. You can order it directly from Farrago, Bookshop.org (a great new online collective for independent bookshops) or on Hive (which donates to an independent bookshop local to you when you order), or on Amazon.
The Stockwell Park Orchestra faces financial ruin after a guest conductor drops dead on stage, squashing and injuring their primary benefactor. In a tale marrying the insight of Sue Townsend with the farcical humour of John O Farrell, a priceless cello is abducted, a conductor is stranded on the wrong side of the Atlantic, and Erin the cellist stumbles (eventually) on her true calling in life.
Don’t Ask, my poetry collection, came out in 2017 with Eyewear Publishing. If you would like to buy a signed copy directly from me, please get in touch via the Contact page. Otherwise, you can get it directly from Eyewear, or Bookshop.org, or Hive, which will send it to you as well as making a donation to an independent bookshop local to you.