The Vexing problem of New Music

As hard as this problem is to nail down, the problems relating to the nature and style of new music, and pedagogical practice in University music departments relating to composition remain evident in the social practices and assumptions of its practitioners. The problems are by very nature subjective, inconsistent and otherwise influenced by cultural position …

Advice on Composers for Performers and Organisers

Collaborative performer and musicologist Heather Roche recently wrote on her blog detailing some Advice for young composers about collaborating with performers, especially groups of performers. It’s an informed and well written article with some great advice that should definitely be followed to the letter by any composer entering into workshop or collaborative situation, and hits …

Amy’s Last Dive – First Dress Rehearsal

Very tired after a long day which included getting up early to launder my costume, a very posh late breakfast and saying goodbye to a good friend who leaves for America this week. Then to Leeds and an afternoon rehearsal followed by an evening full run-through. Although I’m now very tired (relaxing with the first …