Music, Musical, Theatre


Released today, 5th November 2020 – Guy Fawkes the Musical. 6 years of work, 27 songs, 12 piece band, West End performers (including Adam Pearce, Francesca Leyland, Waylon Jacobs and Sandy Grigelis) all on a stunning new Double-CD. It’s been a great project.

A new rock musical soundtrack is released today (5/11/20). Orchestrated by Mike Saunders. Recorded at The Playroom, Arundel by West End musicians and mastered at Abbey Road, by award winning engineer, Andy Walter. Music written by Ben Durkin and the script by Terry Newman. Lyrics by Terry Newman and David T Rolleston.

More about the plot of the show:- The year is 1605. Guy Fawkes cements himself in history after failing to detonate 2,500 kilograms of gunpowder, intentionally hidden beneath the House of Lords at the heart of the British parliament. Ever since the failure of that night, the Guy Fawkes story has invoked a varied response from subsequent generations. Guy Fawkes the heretic; the revolutionary; the anarchist. The famed Gunpowder Plot held many secrets, a tale captured and embellished by a Victorian novelist, William Harrison Ainsworth, where Guido (Guy) Fawkes became the doomed hero of a best-selling novel, now long forgotten, yet full of magic, romance and the supernatural.


A cobbled street on 5 November in Victorian England, a gang of ragged children carry a battered effigy of Guy Fawkes in celebration of Bonfire Night. Unbeknownst to them, they stop outside the house of the old writer, William Harrison Ainsworth famed author of ‘Guy Fawkes or The Gunpowder Treason’. After scaring off the gang, Ainsworth mystically brings the effigy to life, making the straw-stuffed figure of Guy Fawkes appear before him. A bemused Fawkes urges Ainsworth to explain himself, desperate for its origins and asking who he really is? Ainsworth begins to tell him the story of Guido Fawkes, reliving the pages first told and expressed in his infamous novel.

While following in the footsteps of his past, Fawkes’s story becomes one of a battle for religious freedom, fought against a background of dire prophecy and prognostications from departed saints. His faith is bent to breaking point when he is torn between religious freedom and the chaste maiden, Viviana. A battle to decide between earthly love and the divine, the country House and the Tower of London, or between marriage and widowhood. As the plotters converge on London, Guy Fawkes must choose his destiny.

Now as an aged Ainsworth retells the famed story to the battered effigy of Guy Fawkes, reanimated on that fateful night and desperate for its origins, we follow the story of Fawkes as another generation viewed him. With nearly thirty new orchestrated songs, Guy Fawkes the Musical reveals how magic can help reveal secrets from the past, transporting the audience to new worlds.

We see no reason… Why gunpowder treason… Should ever be forgot!

More information on the orchestration and recording process can be found here.

Also available via iTunes (more expensive). The CD includes a 12 page booklet outlining the characters in the show and the history of the Gunpowder Plot
For more information about the show and where to buy the CD here:- 

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Wyldman’s Debut Single

Today (25/04/20) sees Wyldman release his first tune ‘Uhambo’, and it is great! A lovely juxtaposition of ambient, chilled live instruments (Violins, Bansuri, Guitar and even Recorders) and Ibiza style dance rhythms. All played and recorded by Wyldman himself. A brilliant debut. Mixed and mastered here at The Playroom, Arundel by Mike Saunders.


Hammond fun.

We had a fun few hours last week recording ‘Hammond’ organ for a blues project. Not an original Hammond organ, a modern remake (, but an original Lesley speaker. Recording a real Lesley speaker is a challenge… noisy and windy! Noisy, just because they always are (the ones we’ve been involved with so far anyway) valves and old circuitry and windy because the speakers spin at quite a rate when they get going so mic’ placement is key. All turned our well and sounded brilliant. Played as always with great skill by Mr Tim Hudson.

(These pics show our initial mic’ placement…. the final mic’ placement saw us move the top mic’s further apart but still above pointing down to avoid wind noise on the mic’s from the spinning horn at the top)


Roz Firth – Moonflower

This lovely album was released on 30th August. At The Playroom, Arundel we had a great time working with Roz on recording her lead vocals and then had the pleasure of mastering the album. It’s been well worth all the time and effort for all involved – it sounds great. Thanks to the guys Crimson Craft who got me involved (and they did all the hard work!). #acousticguitar #singersongwriter

Here are a couple of useful links for more info:-

Behind the scenes with snippets of the tunes pre-release video:

Roz Firth: