Yesterday I was delighted to be informed that I will be one of the composers chosen to work with Vanguard Manchester for their concert next year. The exact details will be fleshed out in a meeting in November. I would like to congratulate Ben Nobuto, James Banner, Jenny Jackson, Jasmine Simonds and Benjamin Marrington-Reeve who will also be participating. I look forward to meeting them and the Vanguard team in November.
I am delighted to announce that I have won 1st place in the Manchester Chorale 40th Anniversary Competition – £1000! The competition was judged anonymously and my piece ‘When Voices Rise’ was chosen to help the choir celebrate their 40th anniversary year. The piece will be performed throughout their season next year so I will be looking forward to hearing it then! Congratulations to Martin Neill and Lydia Jane Pugh who also had pieces selected, looking forward to hearing their pieces too. I will update you when I have more information regarding performance dates.
From the 10th to the 12th of December I am pleased that Enlighten Light Festival in Manchester will be showing the film I scored by Andrew Brooks. This will be the second year running that Curated Place has put on this festival and it is certainly growing in scope and ambition. For full details please see http://www.enlightenmanchester.co.uk for a list of exhibits and artists: it will certainly be a great attraction for city shoppers and festival audiences alike. There is also a link to a copy of the film on the ‘Soundtrack’ link of this website.
The start of March saw two concerts in Manchester and Cardiff with Norwegian Percussionists ‘The Pinquins’ (www.pinquins.no). This was exciting because it was the first time the group had performed in the UK, and also because I had three pieces premiered at the concerts. ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ is a folktale known throughout Scandinavia. I wrote a brief outline of my aims for the piece:
“Setting this Norwegian folktale I wanted to use the structure and imagery of the tale to give a sense of the main character’s journey. It was my intention to highlight the sexism common to many folktales of the past, and use it for dramatic effect within the work. I recorded the tale in English, Welsh and Norwegian and then worked out where these sounds would work best within the piece. I also used sounds gathered on my last trip to Iceland. At its simplest level it is a story about finding love. At its most complex it is about the importance of questioning your relationship to the world and asking difficult questions. To this effect I wanted to guide the audience through the work with textual cues, leaving space in the music and electronics to create the images in their own imagination.”
There are a few pictures from the concerts below, and if you click anywhere on them you should be taken to a recording of this piece on soundcloud. Or alternatively, follow the link on the ‘Music’ tab above.
The Pinquins, (left to right) Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen, Sigrun Rogstad Gomnæs and Johanne Byhring are pictured in the first image below. Two students pictured further down, Diogo Gomes and Hikaru Nakanishi from the RWCMD also premiered my piece ‘Cloc ar y dŵr’ (a setting of Menna Elfyn’s poetry), at the Cardiff concert.
The Enlighten Light Festival in Manchester in mid-December, despite an opening hampered by torrential weather, was a massive success. I produced a soundtrack to accompany ‘Immersion’ by Andrew Brooks (www.andrewbrooksphotography.com), which is a stunning 320º film of Manchester skylines and city scenes. We received a lot of commendation for the work and look forward to re-showing the work very soon. I will post more information about this soon, but in the meantime I have a sample of how the final setup looked on my Youtube channel. If you click on the photo above you will be taken directly to it.
I have just finished scoring a short film for the Enlighten Light Festival in Manchester 11th-14th December. The website for the festival is http://www.enlightenmanchester.co.uk – where you can see a video of the set-up of Andrew Brooks’ ‘Immersion’ which is designed to be shown on a 320º screen. Visitors will be invited to get a sense of the city from some of its highest towers and roof tops. It will surely be a unique experience alongside a host of other memorable exhibitions.