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The trials and tribulations of naming pieces

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – Shakespeare Naming pieces is always a tricky area. Some title pieces before they’ve even written them, others spend ages searching for the perfect short description after they’ve completed it. Some prefer generic, potentially historical titles, while…
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Shadows and copycats

The second movement of the string quartet is based around a collection of playground games with the same concept: mimickry. Be it following the leader or learning a dance routine, this kind of shadowing routine occurs frequently in the playground. Knowing I wanted a slow yet detailed texture, my initial thoughts were to draw from…
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Birds and molecules: A busy week!

The last week has been a busy one for my music. Last Sunday I put Bells in the Rain (both piano and ‘cello versions) online as digital scores. On Monday, Quangle Quadrille was broadcast on Radio 3. The interview can be heard on their website for 30 days after broadcast – it’s about 1h44 in!…
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Molecular musical madness – the APO commission

Back in mid July, I was delighted to be announced as the winner of the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Composers Award. My vision for the piece was to reflect on the irrevocable changes that climate change is bringing about in all our lives, whether we notice them or not. A theme that is currently dominating…
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Quangle Quadrille recorded by BBC Radio 3

Last night was the official premiere of Quangle Quadrille at the Quangle Wangle Choir‘s concert at Weymouth Bay Methodist Church. A lovely venue for a wonderful concert. The whole programme, including readings, small group performances and full choir numbers was framed around the topics of birds and nature – topics that the Quangles themselves chose…
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String Quartet – Movement 3 – Stuck in the Mud (a working title!)

When I was first analysing string quartets I fell in love with some of Bartok’s string quartets- in particular, the concept of the Allegretto pizzicato from his fourth string quartet. I adore the sound of pizzicato, and thought this was an interesting concept that I would be interested in exploring when I were to write…
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Creating an a cappella story: Blog post on The Sampler

I’ve written a blog post for The Sampler Blog about Quangle Quadrille, in advance of its premiere on Saturday.

Adopt a Composer blog post: My final workshop with the Quangle Wangles

My final Adopt a Composer blog post can be found on the Adopt a Composer blog.

String Quartet – Movement 1 – Hopscotch

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks (months!) here, hence the lack of updates. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve visited the Quangle Wangle Choir three times, and the score has just been sent off to the printers. In between I’ve finished a few other projects, including a suite of three piano pieces, one of…
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Quangle Quadrille of the skies – an Adopt a Composer post

My latest blog post about Adopt a Composer – Quangle Quadrille of the skies – can be found on Making Music’s Adopt a Composer blog.