5 Non-Musical Books for the Craft of Composing

I’ve recently written a post about 5 Technical Books Every Composer Should Own.  While these books are fundamental to the technique of being a composer, I have had numerous teachers tell me that they’ve learned far more about composition from non-musical books and artists than they ever did from other composers.
I wonder if some of […]

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De ce Trombonesti? (2013)

for solo alto trombone (with practice mute)
available from Cadenza Music
This piece was commissioned by the London Sinfonietta, for their Writing the Future Scheme.
The world premiere was given by Douglas Coleman, beneath the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Dec 2013.

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London Sinfonietta: Interview

I’ve done an interview for the London Sinfonietta in connection with my recent commission for their New Music Show (part of their ‘Writing the Future‘ scheme).  The questions range from the challenges of writing for a solo instrument, to the process of collaborating with students from Central St. Martin’s School of Design.
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Gruppen and The Londonist

[ October 6, 2013; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] It was my pleasure to host a number of bloggers – on behalf of The Londonist – at the London Sinfonietta and Royal Academy of Music’s performance of Gruppen on Sunday 6th October.  They’ve now had a chance to reflect on the experience and have written a number of interesting responses to the evening which […]

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Writing the Future

[ December 8, 2013; 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] I’m delighted to announced that I’ve been commissioned for the London Sinfonietta’s 2013 ‘New Music Show’ as part of their Writing the Future Scheme.  I’ll be writing a piece for solo trombone, and will document some of that collaborative process here.  The premiere will be on 8th December at the culmination of the South Bank Centre’s The Rest […]

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LSA: Conducting Audition

[ May 12, 2013; 11:20 am to 12:00 pm. ] I’m really pleased to have gotten through to the London Sinfonietta Academy’s live conducting auditions.  The course (and audition panel) is being led by George Benjamin.  The audition will include the 2nd and 4th movements of Oliver Knussen’s Songs Without Voices.  It’s a really exciting opportunity and I’ll be working hard on preparing the score over the coming […]

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London Sinfonietta: Blue Touch Paper Collaborators Day

[ July 2, 2012; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. ] I’m happy to announce I’ve been selected as one of the participants for the London Sinfonietta’s Blue Touch Paper, Collaborator’s Day on 2nd July, 2012.  The collaborators day leads onto a second application, so more details to follow as it all progresses.

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