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Posted on 10 February 2016
On Sunday 31st January I visited CYCO (Chiltern Youth Chamber Orchestra) for the first read through of Journeys.  ​ACT III, the third movement...
Posted on 3 February 2016
It is a curious feature of Thame that if one looks upwards, there is often a surprising abundance of birds of prey meandering across the sky. ...
Posted on 28 January 2016
The venue for our first Adopt a Composer workshop with Ed Scolding was resplendent in orange and brown patterned wallpaper, of the type popular in...
Posted on 14 January 2016
This is Lee Westwood, logging in, after my first couple of months as the adopted composer of the East London Community Band. We've been off to a...
Posted on 9 November 2015
I’m really looking forward to working on this project. Last weekend, I was able to meet the Jan Modelski Community Orchestra, who I’m...
Posted on 21 October 2015
On 26th September I drove to Lincoln to meet the whole of The Lincoln Ukulele Band in their usual rehearsal space and to see and hear them in action...
Posted on 13 October 2015
It’s always positive when research for a piece leads down some rather unexpected roads. Before writing for the Thame Chamber Choir, and the...
Posted on 25 September 2015
Picture the scene: an unnecessarily rainy day in September, a community centre outside of Durham with many mining-related displays, and an eclectic...
Posted on 22 September 2015
I hope it is not too patronising to call Thame a quintessentially English market town.  Some of it is, after all, quite literally out of scenes...
Posted on 19 September 2015
I was surprised and delighted to be selected to take part in Making Music’s Adopt a Composer scheme. It’s a great opportunity to work...
Posted on 13 September 2015
Sunday afternoon, Chesham Bois near Amersham (Bucks) I met CYCO for the first time... As I approached the school where they rehearse I could hear a...
Posted on 12 September 2015
Working with an amateur ensemble is all about the relationship. Walking into rehearsal with the Strathaven Choral Society for the first time, I had...

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