Category: Blog

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.

On compiling a text

The wonderful Caitlin Rowley wrote a few months ago about writing her own text for her piece Breadcrumbs. At the time I thought the concept of crafting my own text was very far off and difficult, and thought she was being very daring and creative. I’ve always played it rather safe when it comes to…
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A Quangle adventure

My latest blog post for the Adopt a Composer project, A Quangle adventure, can be read here. I had a wonderful time at the Quangle Wangle Choir’s workshop. We’ve now narrowed down the theme of the piece, and are working on the text. More updates as the piece progresses..!

The blurred lines of music, science and nature

I’ve always felt there were blurred lines between music and nature, as nature seems to be where I get my most instinctive compositional urges – inspiration, ideas and snippets of music. If I’m not feeling particularly creative and am in need of inspiration, a walk out in the world will normally restore my mind more…
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Taking the time to be creative for yourself.

As artists, we tend to work slightly crazy hours, and never really switch off. For the majority of practitioners, it’s not for the money, the prospects, or the security (ha!). It’s because it’s something we love. It’s a good job we love it, too, as we tend to work such long hours. In the majority of cases, artists have…
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Why doesn’t C sound like D?

I’m talking about keys of course – not the notes themselves! We all have favourite scales and keys. My current ones seem to have tonic notes between C and E flat. Why is that? Why, when we tend to use an equally tempered scale, does one scale sound differently to us than another? There are…
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The obligatory new year post

This year, I avoided writing a reflective post about 2012, or a forward looking one about 2013. Much happened in 2012, and lots will happen in 2013! Instead I want to instead share a few quotes with you. None are specifically musical, but are all relevant to all creative people, and refer to both our…
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Building Blocks – Excerpts

Building Blocks is one of those pieces that, although destined as part of a suite of works, could easily work as a stand alone unit. When I couldn’t stop hearing the beginnings of Building Blocks in my head, I knew I had to get working on it. In previous posts I have written about my…
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