Scattered Chapters CD and Book

Saturday July 23rd 2022 marks the release of what I believe to be the most significant and important project of my career thus far.

SCATTERED CHAPTERS is a dynamic multimedia project created during lockdown. It takes the form of a brand new Gordon Giltrap and Paul Ward album, alongside a beautiful book published by Wymer Publishing.

The CD is released on Psychotron Records.

There are 18 compositions in all. Three of the pieces are the creations of Paul Ward and the remainder are mine. There is an orchestral version of an early GG tune and a reworked Celtic flavoured version of my classic “Heartsong” featuring the pipes and whistles of John Devine.

Special guests on the album are Jenny Hanley, spoken word. Ian Mosley of Marillion, drums. Rod Edwards, keyboard arrangements. Nick Hooper, guitar.

The book features short stories written by world famous award winning composer, guitarist and author Nicholas Hooper, a man who has composed music for over 250 films the most well-known being scores for two HARRY POTTER films. Nick is also a self-published author and was deeply inspired by the back stories that inspired the music.

The book also contains details of individual artwork from some of the most exciting artists working in the UK today. Each of them was captivated by the project and the end result is a stunning array of paintings, ceramics, glass art and jewellery reflecting the stories and the tunes, all faithfully reproduced in the book.

A 25 minute documentary created by Mark and Jane Day of FluidFox about the project will also find its place on YouTube.

An exhibition of the work will run for one month from the launch date at Artifex the largest individual art gallery and craft centre in the UK. Special thanks to Nigel Bates for curating the whole thing. All the original artwork will be for sale!

The first 100 CDs will be signed by Paul and myself.

The first 100 books will be signed by Paul, Nick and I.

The book and album are available to pre order now or to purchase on the day.

Book price £29.99 plus P&P CD price £10 plus P&P

On launch day at Artifex the proceedings will start at 11 am and, after a few words of welcome, I shall be performing a short intimate acoustic set.

I’m delighted to report that Nick Hooper and Paul Ward will also be there to sign the book and album and chat generally about their careers. Some of the artists will also be in attendance along with Mark and Jane Day of FluidFox.

Friends of Psychotron Records will be there if you wish to purchase the CD and Jerry Bloom of Wymer publications for the book.

July 23rd also marks Mr Hooper’s 70th birthday. Happy birthday Nick!

Come and join us if you can for this very special occasion. Refreshments will be provided.

Artifex Gallery, The Mitchell Centre, Weeford Rd, Sutton Coldfield B75 6NA

0121 323 3776

Thanks to the following people:

Ian Mosley, drums on 'Turning Earth'

John Devine, pipes and whistles on 'Heartsong' and 'The Wounded Healer'

Rod Edwards, keyboard arrangement on 'Through Braden's Door'

Jenny Hanley, spoken word on 'Precious'

Roger Bucknall of Fylde Guitars

Pete and Linda Bonner at Psychotron Records

Mark and Jane Day at Fluidfox

Artwork by Danny O'Connor

Design and layout by Gavin Morrow

Produced by Paul Ward

Thanks to Hilary Giltrap, lovely wife and friend

Pete Townshend for his ongoing support and inspiration

Dedicated to Karen and Braden, with love.