Thurba Records is an independent label, which I created in order to release Slumberland. The label was named after Thurba Head on the Gower Peninsular, Wales which is the resting place of my sister Rose’s ashes who tragically died ten years ago. She was a wonderful sister, an exceptional musician and singer and someone I miss every day.
Humphrey is presently a member of Classical Brit Award winning vocal harmony group Blake which he has been a member for the last six and half years. His singing life started in Norfolk as a choral scholar and Taverham Hall at the age of seven. He continued as a scholar throughout his school and universities years, performing a soloist in many concerts, oratorios, musicals and operas. In 2002, he accepted a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music and in 2005 went on to work with opera companies including Glydenbourne Opera, Garsington Opera and the Royal Opera House. TV includes the Channel 4 TV opera ‘Man on the Moon’. In 2007, Humphrey recorded a featured duet with Hayley Westenra on her platinum selling album Treasure.
SLUMBERLAND is his first solo project and has been released by Thurba Records.
Blake have an extremely busy schedule with the release of their first Christmas album on November 20th, 2015 plus UK and world wide touring.
James Sherlock (piano) performs widely as a regular guest at major festivals and halls throughout Europe, appearing as a soloist and as a chamber musician alongside artists including Dame Felicity Lott and Angelika Kirchschlager. As a soloist he has appeared with the London Philharmonic, London Symphony and English Chamber Orchestras, and performs Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier over the coming seasons.
Increasingly active as a conductor, he is part of the International Artists Academy of the London Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, and directs his own Ensemble Passio. As a composer and arranger he has worked with major choirs and orchestras, and writes commercial music for television and advertising.
James studied at Trinity College Cambridge, the Guildhall School of Music, the Georg Solti Academia and the Franz Schubert Institute. He is a winner of BBC Fame Academy (now BBC Performing Arts Trust), the Royal Overseas League Piano Competition, the pianist prize at Das Lied International Song Competition, the Award for Young Concert Artists and Gold Medalist at the Marcello Galanti International Organ Competition. His recordings have won awards from Gramophone, BBC Music and International Piano Magazines.
Charlotte is a designer, specialising in womens clothing and surface design. Having trained at Central Saint Martins college in London, Charlotte has worked with Brands such as Luella, Preen and Frost French as well as having run her own company “Charlotte Taylor” for many years. Charlotte now works with a brilliant team at Ted Baker creating wonderful prints and womens collections - which she absolutely loves. Charlotte worked with Humphrey in building the concept behind Slumberland and its subsequent illustrations. The idea being that of a sleepy, magical world full of dreams and wonder, birds and rainbows – a land to transport you away from reality – The land known as SLUMBERLAND…