Following the busy weeks and months that led up to the premiere of my work Continuum by the Glasgow School of Art Choir, I can start to gather my thoughts and reflect on my time spent as their adopted composer – an experience that has been incredibly beneficial for me and, I hope, for them too.
Since being paired with Croydon Bach Choir in September 2016, I have worked with the choir on numerous occasions, gradually feeding material from my new choral work. Homo Sum was conceived as a celebration of multiculturalism, reflecting both the diversity of Croydon and the Croydon Bach Choir for whom the piece was commissioned, in addition to reflecting the cosmopolitan city of London and the UK in general.
This coming Wednesday 21 June is the first time Make Music Day comes to the UK on a large scale.
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Now that the dust has settled on our Fifth Anniversary Gala Concert – and the world premiere of ‘Continuum’, by Shona Mackay – it is a chance to reflect on the work and our ensemble’s experience with the Adopt a Composer scheme.
In September of last year I found that I was to be paired up with the KEMS Concert Band as part of the 2016-17 'Adopt A Composer' programme. When I first met the band, I was pleased to see that they were a friendly bunch, a competent set of musicians of all ages that loved to play and were excited at the prospect of a piece being written especially for them!
Lots of exciting spaces have signed up and are looking for more performers – could this be you, your group, a part of your group, your family (one of my sons will be playing the bagpipes in London Bridge Station…), your friends, your children’s school, your work colleagues…?
You’ve probably had your fill of campaigning already, but let me enthuse – or alarm – you by briefly looking at the parties’ manifestos from the perspective of leisure-time music groups.
The Certificate is a new one-year programme developed by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in partnership with the Open University. It gives you the opportunity to develop your practical music making and performance skills, so that you’ll feel more confident, skilled and well-rounded as a performer.
Fresh off our society’s 60th Jubilee concert at The Royal Northern College of Music, our return from Easter break brought us an unexpected gift: some music from our composer, Christopher Schlechte-Bond, with the intriguing title 'Curiosity Rover Finds An Alien Saloon Bar Hidden Deep Beneath The Martian Soil'.
Early this year, eleven member groups were featured on BBC Radio 3's Saturday Breakfast show. The success of this slot has meant that the initiative has been extended, so we're looking for more Making Music member groups to submit entries. This is a great opportunity to celebrate your group's work and to grow your profile!