Monthly Archives: June 2015

Music for a dis-uniting Kingdom?

Very pleased to be mentioned in Christopher Fox‘s fascinating article about current trends in UK music. Read it here.

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Embedded: Composers Kitchen 2015

In June I took part in the Quatuor Bozzini‘s Composers Kitchen workshop in Montreal. What a wonderful experience, and what luxury to have so much time with QB. I can’t thank them all enough for their help, patience and encouragement.

It was great to get to know each of the four composers (Egidija Medeksaite, Kyle Brenders, James O’Callaghan and myself) and two mentors (Christopher Fox and Christopher Butterfield) who provided invaluable advice. It was a privilege and an illuminating experience to be in the room while each of the (entirely different) new pieces took shape.

I wrote a new work called Three pieces for string quartet which, as the name suggests, comes in three movements each of which focuses on a different aspect of the instruments’ sound: noise/pitch, resonance, friction. There’s a recording below.

Part two of the workshop took place in Banchory near Aberdeen in Scotland from the 2-5th February 2016. It was a pleasure to be reunited with all involved and we ended the week with a great concert at the Woodend Barn. More to come on this!

Thank you so much to Sound and Music for enabling me to take part in this project.

You can view the parts here: 20151229 Three pieces for string quartet

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