Gang… We’re looking for some volunteers for the health research investigating singing and wellbeing at Union Chapel, London on 5th March. It’s both optional & anonymous and will involve giving two saliva samples (it’s discreet!) before the concert and at intermission. Anyone who has already bought a ticket and is interested should
During a concert of my music in Montreal years ago there was a spectacular thunderstorm. At the end of Lux Aurumque something magical happened…
The first three minutes of Deep Field in skeletal sketch form – I call it “emotional architecture.” I will make drawings like this for every moment of the piece before I compose any of the actual music.
I’m working on a big new piece for choir and orchestra, which will be premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale in May. Thought some of you might like to see what the process looks like in the early stages. I’ve been planning/conceiving the work for several months now but still haven’t written a… continued
Just occurred to me that the band version of Lux Aurumque and the new choral version (Lux Nova) could be performed together seamlessly. The choir would just need to sing a half step up. Dying to know what this sounds like!
As the semester grinds on you may feel intensely burnt-out. You may even consider dropping out of music altogether. If that happens, go back and listen to your favorite recordings, make music with your friends, do anything you can to remind yourself why you loved music before you started studying it. An education in music… continued
Workshopping next year’s production.
My friend Tim Davies is a world-class orchestrator. (He’s worked on all kinds of big films). His blog is an invaluable resource for composers, arrangers and orchestrators. www.debreved.com
Tonight, the Virtual Youth Choir premieres at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. I can’t tell you how incredible it looks on the giant 1000m sq screen that spans Celtic Park stadium. VYC-ers, you look and sound AWESOME. The event is being broadcast and webcast around the world. The ceremony begins at 9pm… continued
I don’t place too much importance on awards, but composer Thomas Newman has been nominated for an Oscar twelve times and has never won. That is a crime.
Daniel Keyes, author of ‘Flowers For Algernon’, has died at age 86. An extraordinary book that was just a part of his fine catalogue.