• IWBC 2017

    I am privileged to have been invited to the 2017 International Women in Brass Conference as a featured artist. So, next week I will be heading to Rowan University in Philadelphia, New Jersey to hear two brand new commissions and will also be presenting and performing at the conference throughout the week.

    The full schedule of info. can be found at http://www.iwbc2017.com but here is how my diary is currently shaping up for next week:

    Wed 7th June:

    5pm - Brass Bands Out of Context (presentation)

    Thu 8th June:

    10am - Composers' Forum

    Fri 9th June:

    1pm - 'Luminaries' (euphonium and piano) - world premiere by Amy Schumaker Bliss

    3pm - Helen Harrelson recital (ensemble member)

    Sat 10th June:

    9am - Reading Session

    1pm - 'Ouroboros' (brass sextet) - world premiere by Seraph Brass

    I look forward to seeing some of you there!




  • Happy New Year 2017

    Happy New Year to everyone - here's to hoping 2017 will be happy, healthy and full of music




  • 2016 BCA with MYBB

    I've now been fortunate enough to work with MYBB on several projects - each has been an absolute joy and so much fun!

    Our first big project was in 2015 - to celebrate the band's 10th anniversary. The result was 'Brass Roots; Musical Wings' and was premiered at the RNCM as part of the celebration concert.

    Late last year, we learned that the piece had been shortlisted for a British Composer Award. A large group of us headed off to London to the British Film Institute for the awards. It was a lovely day - visiting the Sky Gardenand enjoying the Christmas lights while we were there!

    Unfortunatey, the piece wasn't the overall winner of the Community Music category, but it was fantastic to be shortlisted and we had a wonderful time in London!

    Thank you to Louise, Liz, Judith and the rest of the team for all your support.




    2016 was a very busy year, with lots of different things going on.

    One of the most exciting projects was Reflection Connection - I wrote a HUGE blog post about this at the time, but my computer crashed and I lost it all :(

    The project was based in Northumberland at the Woodhorn Museum with bait/timeto. I was lucky nough to work with the local bands: Ashington, Ellington Colliery, Jayess Newbiggin and the Bedlington Community Band and their respective youth ensembles to create a new piece of music. The project included EVERYONE from these bands, plus 200 children from Music Partnershp North Northumberland. The culmination of this large-scale project was a performance at the Miners' Picnic at Woodhorn Museum and an encore performance the day after at the Sage, Gateshead - such an exciting experience!

    Each band had their own movement to play, with a final movement that brought everyone togetehr, en masse. I visited the bands to get some ideas on what they wanted to play and also to generate some ideas for themes within the music. There was a large amount of choreography nvolved and each section was accompanied by a different medium, either in film, animation or soundtrack, produced from interviews and sounds collected during my visits.

    So, running in tandem with the music side of things, Alan Fentiman conducted interviews with the bands and researched the Miners' Picnic to produce a wonderful, reflective silent film to accompany one of the movements. He also recorded the two performances at Woodhorn and the Sage. We also held workshops with artist Clare Armstrong (Hooboobunny) to create artwork which was then animated by Andy Cooper and his team at Draw & Code (Liverpool) into a colourful, vibrant film to accompany the final movement, where every band united to bring the musical themes together.

    It was such a fantastic experience and I feel very lucky to have been involved. Thank you so much to Fran at bait/Woodhorn, to the bands, children and staff involved, to Alan, Clare and Draw & Code for making it such an amazing few months.

    Head over to reflection-connection.tumblr.com for a look at what we got up to during the project!




    After the success of last year's project with the Macclesfield Youth Band ensembles, I'm very excited to be working on another commission for them, to be premiered as part of the Barnaby Festival/Treacle Picnic in June.

    The piece is called 'CONTACT LIGHT' - the first words to be spoken by Buzz Aldrin as the lunar module touched down on the surface of the moon. Not surprisingly, the piece has a definite feel of sci-fi about it and uses a number of additional electronic media in addition to the brass band (It's been interesting and educational for me so far!)

    There will also be an exciting announcement made about this piece shortly, but for now, watch this space...




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