Well, another year has come to an end. A massive thank you to everyone who has made this year a great one. It’s been busy for sure, so much so that my newsletter and blog posts took a forced rest. I hope to write about a few of those things I’ve been up to in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, I’m taking a holiday. The car is packed, Christmas Day awaits us tomorrow and summer fun looms.
This time last year my wife and I went to Midnight Mass at Salzburg Cathedral and the absolute highlight was hearing Silent Night sung by candlelight, as it was originally intended, in the town it was written. I took a field recording, have a listen below, it’s extraordinary.
And just like that, another year is coming to an end.
Thanks so much to everyone who has supported me in some way this year – that may have been with work, with ideas or just with conversation.
It has been an incredible time of music making for me with many wonderful opportunities, inspiring people to work with and some stunning ensembles and musicians to bring the music to life. Some of these include:
Over the last few weeks my Christmas arrangements have been popping up all over the place. The concert I’m most looking forward to is…
AUCKLAND SYMPHONY CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Tonight the Auckland Symphony Orchestra give their hugely popular and FREE Christmas concert at the Auckland Town Hall. The 90-strong orchestra team up with the Choir from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, along with combined Auckland church choirs, in this annual Christmas Celebration under the direction of Peter Thomas.
Each year I orchestrate a selection of the stunning choral arrangements by Niu Syddall and they also include some of my own arrangements.
Thank you all so much for your support this year – for coming to concerts, for the opportunity to write you music, for being let loose on your own music, for letting me teach you, for your emails, for commenting on my blog, for the tweets and posts, and for everything else.
Christmas is looming and I have been busy doing new orchestral arrangements for two of the many Christmas concerts that will fill December.
Last Saturday the Auckland Philharmonia had their first APO 4 Kids Christmas concert at the Auckland Town Hall which was a great success. It was hosted by Kevin Keys, featured Tim Beveridge and was conducted by David Kay. They performed my arrangements of:
All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth – Don Gardner
Joy To The World – George Frideric Handel
Lullaby for Christmas Eve – Pete King
Snoopy’s Christmas – George David Weiss, Luigi Creatore and Hugo Peretti
The Little Drummer Boy – Henry Onorati, Katherine K. Davis and Harry Simeone
And just like that, another year is gone! Here is a look at my posts for the year.
The blogging year started in March with my favourite book arriving, “Behind Bars”, which I preordered in 2010. It is definitely the most used book on my shelf! I then talked about two approaching projects:
It is that time of year again – the crazy season! I hope it has been a wonderful year for you.
A big thank you to everyone I have worked with this year and to those who have supported my music in some way. 2012 is shaping up to be a very exciting year with some amazing projects in the pipeline, so stay tuned!
A reminder that you can download the 17 Christmas carols I collated and edited for violin and viola through this post here. Enjoy.
Also, be sure to check out my piece below, “A holiday thought” – some thoughts I put to music for this holiday season:
Christmas is getting close and no doubt you are in the mood to play some Christmas music or your students are asking for some!
Recently I collated and edited 17 Christmas carols for my students to play through this season. The carols, in order, are:
Angels we have heard on high
Joy to the world!
O little town of Bethlehem
We wish you a merry Christmas
It came upon the midnight clear
O come, O come Emmanuel
O come, all ye faithful
O Holy Night
Away in a manger
God rest you merry, gentlemen
While shepherds watched
Hark! the herald angels sing
Once in Royal David’s City
We three kings
The First Nowell
There is a version for violin and one for viola and can be read without trouble by younger students as well as providing a lot of enjoyment for more advanced players. They are set clearly on each page along with dynamics and bowing where required.