On Wednesday night this week I was lucky to be able to make it to the CoMA concert in Bristol. Chris Holley (pictured above) led the ensemble in the beautiful and acoustically generous Victoria rooms in Bristol. They gave very convincing performances over a range of different compositional styles and approaches. Hannah Kendall, Ailís Ní Ríain, and Zöe Martlew also had performances of their pieces written for CoMA which were all very impressive. It was good to hear contributions from Masters composition students from University of Bristol, each of whom had to grapple with the challenges of writing for open-score ensembles.
The last performance of this piece was in Birmingham last year, and I am looking forward to this performance by Bristol CoMA. The programme looks great and I am keen to hear Hannah’s and Zoë’s work too! Their concert is on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Victoria Rooms, Bristol, hope to see you there.
Last evening I was able to attend the postponed CoMA concert from March this year (remember that unseasonal snow!?). The People’s Orchestra, conducted by Dan Watson, were in great form, and they played my piece ‘Hummingbird’ excellently. It was lovely to meet their members and to get to chat about the importance of music-making for everyone. It was also lovely to talk with fellow composers Ailís Ní Ríain and Nigel Osborne, who both had excellent performances too. I believe that a recording was made so I will post it when it becomes available.
I was delighted to be able to attend last week’s rehearsal for BCMG/The People’s Orchestra contribution to this year’s CoMA Festival. Dan Watson (pictured) led a wonderful rehearsal of my new piece ‘Hummingbird’. This weekend will see this piece performed in both Birmingham and London as part of the festivities, and I can’t wait to hear it!
I was very heartened to hear that CoMA have begun rehearsals on my new piece ‘Hummingbird’. It will be premiered in a concert in March this year and I will post more information about this as soon as I can. This piece will also be heard in arrangement for London Music Masters for their learner groups, more details to follow.