Blue Project Rescheduled

We have had to reschedule our forthcoming concert at the Colchester Arts Centre to the 26th October 2023. This is because I am undergoing chemotherapy for prostate cancer and will not be able to perform again until the autumn.

All tickets for the 27th of May date will be transferred to the new date.

We are really excited with our new programme and are really disappointed to have to reschedule. We hope to see you in October for a fantastic evening of music.

The Blue Project return to the Colchester Arts Centre has been rescheduled to the 26th October 2023

We are delighted to announce that we will be performing again at the Colchester Arts Centre. The second half will be another chance to hear the entire album BLUE in our live version. The first half will be a new selection of songs including songs from Clouds, Ladies of the Canyon and For the Roses. Tickets are available through the Colchester Arts Centre website.

The Blue Project at the Royal Hospital School

We are delighted to be performing Joni Mitchell’s album BLUE again very soon. We are particularly pleased to be invited to perform at the prestigious Royal Hospital School Music School, Holbrook, Ipswich.

The first half of the concert includes a selection of songs that set the context for Blue. The second half of the concert is a complete performance of all of the songs on the album.

Tickets are available now:

Pre-concert drinks available from 6:30pm. The concert begins at 7:00.

Solo concert Lion Walk Lunchtime

Andrew will be performing in the Lion Walk Lunchtime Concert series on Wednesday the 30th March. Concert starts at 13:00, entrance is free. More information:

The Blue Project 21st January 2022

The Colchester Arts Centre

Catherine May and Andrew Allen are joined by Tim Pells (guitar), Michael Allen (percussion) and Mary Pells (cello) for a performance of Joni Mitchell’s Blue album. This project has been two years in the planning and after two postponed dates in 2020 and 2021 we are delighted to be finally performing at the Colchester Arts Centre on the 21st January

Blue is one of the most highly regarded albums of the past 50 years. Many of the songs have become standards and have been performed and recorded countless times. The album is however rarely performed as a whole. Every song is a gem but the striking thing about this album is the way that it makes such a strong cycle of songs. Blue is an intimate and soulful set of songs in which Joni Mitchell spoke directly about her inner thoughts, cares and conflicts. It was met with immediate success when first released in 1971 and has grown in significance over the intervening years.

 Tickets are £12 from:

It will be a seated audience with all current Covid safety precautions in place.

Headgate Concert 8th Sept

We are really looking forward to this concert. Preparing the music has been both musically rewarding and stimulating. Every song is a gem and there are so many connections to be found between the songs. We’ve had lots of encouraging comments from a wide range of friends and supporters and are delighted to see that tickets are going quickly now as we approach the concert. We hope to see many of you there.

Concert 8th September 2021

Catherine and Andrew will be performing their first concert together in the brave new ‘post lockdown’ world. It’s a full evening concert at the Headgate Theatre, Colchester. The programme begins with songs by John Dowland and ends with songs by Joni Mitchell. What’s the connection? Both are very personal and direct songs of love, loss, despair and hope. In between there are the sparkling songs of Rodrigo, the colourful tales of Sor and Villa-Lobos’ epic Bachianas Brasileiras No 5.

We hope that you will join us for an evening of Songs and Ayres as we celebrate the return of live music.

Reflections CD

2020 was a year when we all stopped.  Concerts were cancelled or postponed.  Fortunately, the guitar can be a solo instrument so I was able to continue to make music even though I could not share it either in rehearsal or concert.  This is a collection of the music that I’ve been playing over the past 6 months in my music room.  Much of it is reflective in nature and so the title for the collection became obvious.

Information about how to stream or obtain a CD copy will follow soon.

Pells Allen Duo concert

Tim Pells and Andrew Allen will be performing a lunchtime concert at Lion Walk Church in Colchester on Wednesday 27th May at 1:00.  Music by Ginastera, Lindsey Clark and Machado.

Unfortunately due to the coronavirus ‘lockdown’ this concert did not take place.  We hope to be able to perform the concert in the 2020/2021 season once the lunchtime concerts are running again.

Lion Walk Solo Concert 19th Feb 2020

Andrew performed a lunchtime concert of music by Tansman, Towner, Pernambuco and Machado at Lion Walk Church in Colchester on Wednesday 19th February.

More information here:  Lion Walk Lunchtime Concerts