What’s on my iPod – Gwilym Simcock

Posted on: June 20, 2014 in: Spotlight on...

We’re so happy to be joining Gwilym Simcock again for two performances of his fantastic new work On a Piece of Tapestry this summer. In advance of this exciting collaboration, we asked him what the top 5 tracks were on his iPod. Why not get yourself in the ‘Gwilym mood’ and listen to the playlist we compiled too?!


Well with the 1st selection I’m already cheating! I’m going to pick Henri Dutilleux’s Symphony No. 1. I absolutely love this piece of music, mainly because it has a beautifully expansive harmonic palette and sublime orchestration throughout. It evokes such strong emotions every time I listen to it. I guess technically it would be 4 tracks but hopefully you’ll forgive me that!

Next I’m going to chose ‘Minute By Minute’ by the Doobie Brothers. I had to arrange this for a vocal group I musically direct and it turned me on to just how fantastic Michael MacDonald’s voice is. A short track but a great one!

Thirdly ‘Do I Do’ by Stevie Wonder. I was played this track whilst I was in residence at the Edinburgh festival, probably about 15 years ago. I was there for a month and I just couldn’t stop listening to it the whole time, and recently I rediscovered it again. Such a great positive groove!

Next, ‘A Real Embrace’ by Mike Walker, a good friend and wonderful Guitarist from Manchester. We co-lead a band called The Impossible Gentlemen, and he is one of the most warm, giving musicians I’ve ever played with. This quality is in abundance in this fantastic, beautiful track

Finally, ‘3 Views of a Secret’ by Jaco Pastorius, the legendary American electric bassist. This is, I think, my favourite tune ever, from his great album Word Of Mouth. Wonderfully compelling sound world and a great simple melody underpinned by a flowing, weaving harmonic sequence underneath that really takes you on a journey through the course of the track.


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Gwilym Simcock: On a Piece of Tapestry
Saturday 5 July, 17.00pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
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Gwilym Simcock: On a Piece of Tapestry
Saturday 2 August, 1.30pm
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
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