Heedless Conclusions ... the week in review

Well, last Sunday my new piece "Heedless Conclusions" was premiered by The Souls, who are a chamber choir here in Auckland. It was quite a week actually. I turned up to the first rehearsal, all set to relax and listen to all the wonderful work they had been doing, when they dragged me in to sing. Very happy to, especially to make everything well balanced, but gee, I haven't sung in a choir in years. lol Anyway it was absolutely wonderful. Of course I made it to the rest of their rehearsals for the week, and because of that I learnt so much about my piece that I never would have known otherwise. Partly by simply singing a part by myself, but also just going through the choir on that final journey. It was marvelous.

The acoustic where the concert was held was very wet!! Anything said, just bounces around for seconds after ... wonderfully exciting. I wrote the piece with this in mind, so there were some magic moments to make the most of it. So anyway, dress rehearsal was fantastic and I couldn't wait for the concert.

Concert came, and ... just amazing. It's a piece that flows very nicely in some ways, but has a few twists and turns that can easily catch you. But they caught no one and the audience loved it, the players seemed to enjoy putting it together and said it was well worth the effort. I think I was spoilt coming in right at the end, after all the hard work was put in, just to experience the choir finally understand it as a piece and start to really enjoy singing it.

Well the score is now available at SOUNZ, go check out ... you'll love it. When I have the recording back I'll put a sample up also.

January update

Hey everyone, well it's been AGES since my last post so this is a little update on what has been going on. I just noticed the last post I did actually, the one about the recording with four bass clarinets and four contrabass clarinets. Well a few weeks later the composer Austin emailed with some recordings which I said I'd love to hear in the blog. So thanks for that Austin.

Had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, if you missed our Christmas video, check it out here. Have been back working long days for two weeks now as have a lot of work to get through which is fantastic. Of course I have my wedding approaching fast so want to clear as much work as I can before then. To save waffling on too much, here is a list of what's been going on:

 

  • Have been typesetting two works for New Zealand composer Anthony Ritchie. Have completed his Flute Concerto and am working through a choral work.
  • I wrote "This Day", a new piano work. This is for the "entry of the bride" at my wedding. Have also been preparing some other backing tracks for use at the wedding.
  • Have been MIDI orchestrating some tracks for Alexandros Pappas in Greece.
  • Am writing a new choral work for the "Souls of the Righteous" for premiere next month I think.
  • Next week I'm conducting at the Opononi Summer school up north. Should be great fun, and I'll be sure to post a blog following that.
  • Have been discussing several exciting projects with Alexey Kurkdjian and his Sphaera Ensemble in Brazil. Stay tuned for info here.
  • Have been MIDI orchestrating a track for Vladimir Krasojevic also.

 

So it's a good start to the year so far and of course expecting it to only get busier from here. By the way I got the video from "In Their Light" premiere in Athens last November. I've added the video below:

 

Speaking of YouTube, I'm planning to get a bit more modern this year, so am starting my video blog. More details soon, but it will be all linked into this blog so can just see it all here.

Alright well that's all for now. Stay well and make some AMAZING music for the world!!