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Reopened for Business

Published on March 10, 2014 by in Uncategorized

After a considerable period of refurbishment, including the addition of many options and facilities which will doubtless prove as useless as they are inaccessible, this blog is now open for posting, comments and whatever else it is supposed to be capable of doing. Owing to the unremitting (and rather flattering) attentions of spammers from all

 
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Distant Stars

Published on August 31, 2012 by in Uncategorized

‘Distant Stars’ for Flute Ensemble has been published by Emerson Wind. This piece, which endeavours to combine simple individual parts to create a complex harmonic tapestry has been performed several times by amateur groups (including the renowned Bishops Stortford Flute Choir). The published version is shorter than the earlier, performed versions, as my editor suggested I cut

 
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Literate Hamster

Published on March 8, 2012 by in Uncategorized

It’s amazing what folk will do in the name of publicity. Driven to extremes by the competitive jostling for attention rife on the web, I have retained the services of this high-functioning denizen of the subfamily Cricetinae to boost my image. That it should come to this. If you look at nothing else on my site,

 
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Our Mutual Friend on the Beeb

Published on March 6, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Seeking some respite from my occasional insomnia, I have just written this lengthy Amazon review of the BBC 1998 version of Our Mutual Friend. I’ve wanted to get this point off my chest for a long time. Characters in books are often ugly for reasons which are key to the plot. Aragorn in Lord of the

 
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Mandolins

Published on March 4, 2012 by in Composing

In an attempt to prove the old dog/new tricks dichotomy false, I am teaching myself to play the mandolin. This is not quite such a novel departure as it might sound since, as a fiddle player, I pretty well get the left hand for free, although the technique for fingering a fretted instrument differs somewhat.

 
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