Timothy Murphy

Bass Baritone

Real Lives Reunited

Real Lives Reunited

I was asked to fly to Belfast to record for a programme following the stories of four people who had been inspired by President Bill Clinton when he visited Belfast over the past 20 years.  I was part of a choir that was to sing for him at the historic turning on of the Christmas lights in Belfast in 1995 and I met him briefly in 2001.  The programme will be aired in February 2015.

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Three Mobile Advertising Campaign

Three Mobile Advertising Campaign

I was recently involved in two days of filming in Wookey Hole cave for an advertising campaign for Three Mobile.  It was rather tiring, standing around all day in a cold muddy cave, but it was fun.  We filmed rather a lot of footage that didn’t make the final cut, including some rather strange scenes in another cage with just me walking about and posing.  I think it’s probably a good thing these didn’t end up on TV!  The advert has will start airing around 16th March and is set to run for several weeks. Despite only making a small appearance on screen, my voice is used much more.  Often I’m heard when I’m not seen.  If you dial the number you’ll also hear quite a bit of yours truly! They can now all be found on YouTube...

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Design and create the official video for Enjoy the Silence

Design and create the official video for Enjoy the Silence

The Brief Eric Whitacre, one of the most popular and performed composers of our time, wants you to make the official music video for Enjoy The Silence, from his new EP album. The brief is completely open to interpretation, so take a listen, be inspired by this amazing choral composition and get creative! *Deadline for entries is 25 November 2013, 23:59 GMT. Awards & Judging The winner will receive $4,000 and have their video used as the official music video for Enjoy The Silence. Outstanding videos will also be nominated for the 2013 Genero Awards and in the running for $50,000 in awards. The winner and finalists will be chosen by Eric Whitacre and Genero. Eric Whitacre ‘Whitacre is that rare thing, a modern composer who is both popular and original’ – The Daily Telegraph, London Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular and performed composers of our time, a distinguished conductor, broadcaster and public speaker. His first album as both composer and conductor on Decca/Universal, Light & Gold, won a Grammy® in 2012, reaped unanimous five star reviews and became the no. 1 classical album in the US and UK charts within a week of release. His second album, Water Night, was released on Decca in April 2012 and debuted at no. 1 in the iTunes and Billboard classical chart on the day of release. It features seven world premiere recordings and includes performances from his professional choir, the Eric Whitacre Singers, the London Symphony Orchestra, Julian Lloyd Webber and Hila Plitmann. His compositions also feature on multiple other recordings made in Europe, North America and Australasia. His ground-breaking Virtual Choir, Lux Aurumque, received over a million views on YouTube in just 2 months (now 3 million), featuring 185 singers from 12 different countries. Virtual Choir 2.0, Sleep, was released in April 2011 and involved over 2,000 voices from 58 countries. Virtual Choir 3, Water Night, received 3,746 submissions from 73 counties and launched at Lincoln Center, New York and revealed online in April 2012. The latest, Virtual Choir 4: Fly to Paradise, released in July 2013, received over 8,400 submissions from 101 countries and launched at the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace/BBC 1....

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Voices – Gareth Malone’s Voices

Voices – Gareth Malone’s Voices

Gareth Malone has called on British choirs to drop Purcell for punk after the award-winning choirmaster unveiled a new project in which a hand-picked group of singers lend their voices to radical new arrangements of hardcore rap, rock and R&B songs. Malone, credited with leading a nationwide revival of community singing through his television series, topped the charts with the Military Wives, the choir he formed from the partners of serving military personnel in Afghanistan. The Bafta-winning broadcaster now promises a “watershed” in choral singing with a new album, Voices, which he says is designed to expand the repertoire of British choirs beyond tried and trusted works by Bach and Handel and selections from the Glee songbook. Malone has assembled “a new and revolutionary choir” of 18-25 year-olds after putting up posters of himself around Britain as a Lord Kitchener-style figure, with the phrase “your choirmaster needs you”. The first track released from the album is a cover of “Guillotine” by Death Grips (video above – with strong language), an experimental Californian hip-hop band, who mix hardcore punk, dub and militantly political lyrics to create a highly confrontational sound. Malone’s choral reinvention retains the title and repeats one line of the original lyric – “Hidden art, between and beneath, every fragmented, figure of speech” – to create a haunting interpretation, which transforms Death Grips’ aggression into sacred vocal music more closely resembling the Tallis Scholars. The track, which Malone has posted on the Soundcloud website, will be followed on Voices by versions of songs by Fleet Foxes and Alicia Keys among others, with guest vocals from Lianne Le Havas, fashion model Amber Le Bon and Guillemots’ Fyfe Dangerfield. Malone told The Independent: “In choosing music to record for this choir, David Kosten (producer, whose credits include Bat For Lashes) and I asked ourselves the question: ‘what is the unlikeliest piece of music for a choir to sing?’. “David suggested Death Grips’ track ‘Guillotine’ and we wondered if we could pull it off. The result is, I think, a choir sounding very different from how you’d expect and yet it’s still distinctly a British Choral sound.” Malone, who helped Gary Barlow record a No 1 single for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, added: “Death Grips appealed because they are inherently experimental. Consequently David felt they’d be unlikely to object to a choir covering their song because they’d appreciate the creativity and...

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Gareth Malone’s Voices debut at the Classic BRIT Awards

Gareth Malone’s Voices debut at the Classic BRIT Awards

With the release of the choir’s first album ‘Voices’ just a month away the Classic BRIT Awards at the Royal Albert Hall was the perfect enviornment for Gareth Malone to show off his new choir.  We were lucky enough to perform along side the biggest names in classical music like Lang Lang, Nicola Benedetti and Ludovico Einaudi.  Below is a video from the event.  We are singing So Close, an arrangement by Michael Higgins of the theme tune of the hit ITV drama series,...

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Masters programme

Masters programme

I am delighted to announce that from September 2013 I will begin a two year Vocal Performance Masters course at the Royal Academy of Music in London. I am grateful to have been given the Marjorie Gould Award which will go some way towards covering my fees for the first year.

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