When I showed him my calculations and he saw the size of the frets he said it could not be done… and then did it! I won’t tell you the secret, but by clever use of materials and through micro-precision skill, Jerry Crosson of The Fret Workshop in Felixstowe has transformed an ordinary semi-acoustic guitar into a 31-et microtonal masterpiece. Playing is a little tricky, but Thumb’s Tom Martin has quickly mastered this strange fretboard. Debuts on Dec 3rd, Birmingham Conservatoire Recital Hall.
I have been commissioned to write a piece, for girls choir and organ, for my friend Phillippa Cairns wedding to Mark Somerville. You will have met her on this site if you have listened to “The Greatest” or “What Is Man?” This is a great honour, and I am looking forward to setting the chosen text – Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “How Do I Love Thee?” It is such a beautifully non-cliched statement of love, see for yourself: