I have, at last, got round to creating a Youtube channel for my music. This long-overdue act has been stimulated by the arrival of Sibelius 7.5 which enables the creation of files which combine sound with a video of the score playing back in real time. The channel can be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNvtHTjaqnrGak7irek3Zew and new
‘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
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,
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
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.