adopt a composer

“It’s very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present…”

Following the busy weeks and months that led up to the premiere of my work Continuum by the Glasgow School of Art Choir,

Homo Sum-ming up

Since being paired with Croydon Bach Choir in September 2016, I have worked with the choir on numerous occasions, gradually feedi

Continuing after Continuum

Now that the dust has settled on our Fifth Anniversary Gala Concert – and the world premiere of ‘Continuum’, by Shona Mackay – it

Aliens whispering in Macclesfield

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'

Whistling martians

Fresh off our society’s 60th Jubilee concert at The Royal Northern College of Music, our return from Easter break brought us an unexpe

Adopt a Composer legacy: Re-scored pieces for member groups to perform

Composers who took part in the 2015/16 project have re-scored their pieces to make them more accessible to groups of other kinds. These new versions are now available for Making Music member groups to download for free and perform.

Rehearsals!

With the premiere of ‘a quiet life’ just a week ago, I’ve nearly come to the end of my journey as an adopted composer, though I h

Free choice, vetoed b sharps and Tilikum the whale

The London Medical Orchestra have had the very great pleasure of working with Martin Humphries under the ‘Adopt a Composer’ proje

A surprise gift from a distant relation

Opening the score of a new commission for the first time is rather like opening a surprise gift from a distant relation.

Body Percussion, Vocal Scales and a Hocket or Two…

Having met the GSA Choir at a few rehearsals (and social occasions), it was time to try out some ideas with them in a practical w