News of 2017
Since I have not posted for nearly a year I’m going to list events. I had a surprise just before all my 2016 Christmas Concerts – I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was no big deal though – I had the operation, & nearly a month of radiotherapy I’m fine, (& very lucky)
I wrote wind quintet Rhapsody & Riff, & the piano transcription of Zoo Tales, & had the operation.
My ‘Q the Music‘ & ‘Trialogues 3‘ was performed by Myriad Wind Quintet at a London Composers Forum concert in Putney. I started teaching myself the tenor horn, & had radiotherapy every day.
I wrote some music – can’t remember what, & decided it was time to give up teaching. I also reduced the orchestration of Zoo Tales from chamber orchestra to string 4tet & 2 wind.
Went to the Vibe Clarinet fest, & sold quite a few of my clarinet works.
I visited several schools to help them prepare for the Zoo Tales performance.
4 performances of Zoo Tales in Ealing schools, conducted by Lee Marchant, & featuring hundreds of children , & string 4tet, either a clarinet or an oboe, & me playing alto sax & treble recorder. Many thanks to my team of adult volunteers.
My Fanfare for Celebration was performed by Regent Brass in an open air concert at Westminster Abbey Gardens, & I went to Dartington, where I played baritone sax in the wind band, & big band. The wind band played two movements of my ‘Concerto Grosso‘ & the brass ensemble in which I played tenor horn , performed my arrangement of the Purcell Chaconne, with Paul Archibald’s excellent arrangement of the Prokofiev ‘Romeo & Juliet’.