I'm delighted to announce that I have been selected as one of the composers for this year's "Adopt a Composer" scheme.
I will be working with CYCO (pronounced psycho (!) but meaning Chiltern Youth Chamber Orchestra, conductor Peter Hanson (in the centre of the picture)) to create a new work to be premiered and recorded for BBC Radio 3 in March 2016.
Our project mentor is the composer Colin Riley (on the right of the picture.)
"Adopt a Composer" is run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music, in association with BBC Radio 3, and funded by PRS for Music Foundation and the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust.
It pairs six composers with six amateur ensembles to create six new works over the course of a year. The scheme is a unique opportunity for amateur musicians to work directly with a composer, be actively involved in the creative process and discover new music.
Find out more about CYCO
Find out more about "Adopt a Composer"
Bristol Cathedral choir will be recording my new choral piece "Gustate et videte" as part of the Old Hispanic Office Project (Bristol University) in March 2016.
“Without music there can be no perfect knowledge, for there is nothing without it. For even the universe itself is said to have been put together with a certain harmony of sounds, and the very heavens revolve under the guidance of harmony.”
(Isidore of Seville)
This piece is intended to be sung during Communion to communicate spiritual communion with the angels through the repeated singing of groups of three Alleluias. Isidore of Seville (560 -636) suggests that singing "Alleluia" could help to achieve unity with the angels. "Gustate et Videte"develops this idea to create the spiritual and devotional elements of the Old Hispanic Rite in a contemporary setting.
Click for more information on THE OLD HISPANIC OFFICE PROJECT
Hello! I have been composing for as long as I can remember, certainly since I was about six. Probably nothing Mozartian but I do find there are themes and ideas that I can trace back to my earliest experiments. The reason for starting this blog now is that exciting things are happening in my compositional world and I would like to share them with interested people....watch this space! Oh, and here's some pictures.....
Can't say any more until I'm allowed to.....