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This Week

Back to uni tomorrow after being off for about 3wks. Got most of the work at least started thankfully and got my septet (now named The Space Within) pretty much finished. I think I’ll go over it a bit more and tweek some of the ideas but it has become more substantial than I had expected (150 bars!) though I haven’t worked out the playing time yet but needs to be at least 4mins. Its really funky there will be more details on the ideas behind it once I’ve handed it in. With the work I had to do there was hardly any time for any piano practice which is really annoying. I’m improving but not as fast as I could be.

More news on the SPARK(once I remember what it stands for I’ll tell you) opera project. I have a tutorial with librettist Peter Morgan Barnes this week. When I was told the name it rung a bell but couldn’t work out why, judging by his site he is very experienced. Any advice from someone with more experience than me is good. I still haven’t had a chance to start on the music but I have set aside about month during the summer where I can lock myself in a room if need be.

Also there is a slight chance of getting a piece of mine played at a Cork music concert, I think something along the lines of the concert Daniel and I did the other week. The organiser’s friend tentatively mentioned it to me. I doubt I will have a chance to write anything new but if not it will give me impetus to get ‘Beyond the Tone’ done out fully in Sibelius. Dont know how likely it is but there’s no harm in hoping, hopefully get a performance out of it!

Finally, I have the recordings of the full Queen’s Composer’s Concert and have sent them out to those involved. Really nice recordings and everyone seems happy with them. I’ll post links if anyone else uploads theirs. My Quartet No. 1 is on my site here.

Started off this blog thinking there wasn’t much to say but as always I managed to surprise myself in how much I can write. Until next time.

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