LSO: Friday Afternoon’s

[ November 22, 2013; 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] I’ve written two arrangements of Benjamin Britten’s Friday Afternoons – a set of twelve songs he wrote for school children in 1935.  These arrangements (of ‘I mun be married on Sunday’ and ‘Jazz Man’) will be performed by London Symphony Orchestra players on their (nearly sold out!) Friday Afternoons concert on Friday 22nd November.

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Getting it Right? 2013 – Roundtable 1: Composer Residencies

An obviously illustrious panel – including composers and orchestral managers listed below – gathered for the first round table discussion of Getting it Right? 2013. 
By far the most interesting questions centred on the question of balancing breadth of commissions, versus the depth of relationship created between an orchestra and composer during an extended individual […]

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Getting it Right? 2013 – Julian Anderson

Today’s keynote speaker is English composer Julian Anderson.  His talk, entited Creating, Communicating, Disseminating, Maintaining: Some issues in Contemporary Orchestral Composition and its Performance began with an aside on the (otherwise unaddressed today) issue of performance venue.  The main point made was that a change of venue should make a real and important impact on the […]

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Getting it Right? 2013 – Mark Anthony Turnage

First up today, we had LSO Manager Kathryn McDowell interviewing Mark-Anthony Turnage. The discussion began with a focus on how Mr. Turnage got started in orchestral composition and what he learned from his earliest experiences. He offered an interesting reflection on the basic theme that working with orchestras is working with people, and that he […]

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Getting it Right? 2013 – Live Blog

I’m spending today at the Guildhall Research Works conference Getting it Right? This year’s conference, organized again by Julian Anderson, is focused on The Contemporary Composer and the Orchestra, and features an exciting line up of many of the top active practitioners of English orchestral composition today.
These posts will be somewhere between a live-blog and reflective thoughts offered on the […]

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Interaction – LSO Soundhub

[ May 31, 2012; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. June 22, 2012; 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. ] Currently, through the LSO Soundhub, I am working on a piece for Lorenzo Iosco (principal bass clarinet of the LSO) and Dave Worswick (LSO first violins) that responds to Josef Albers’ book, The Interaction of Color.  The work is aiming to translate Albers’ discussion of visual phenomenon into music, and I will be blogging about […]

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