This month sees the next stage of the Dyfed Young Composers project, when I'll be visiting eighty young composers in schools and colleges across South West Wales. They are all composing brand new pieces for the Galos Piano Trio to play during workshops in March. Around a dozen of these will be selected for a public concert at Rhos-y-Gilwen in Pembrokeshire, one of my favourite events of the year!
So, a new school year begins and I'm thrilled to be the Resident Composer for the Young Muisc Makers of Dyfed's Young Composer Scheme again. I'll be joined this year by the Galos Piano Trio from London. We'll be kicking off with a series of 'how to compose for piano trio' sessions in schools this month. Then I'll be checking my tyre pressures and heading off to visit over one hundred young composers in twelve secondary schools across West Wales over the coming year, helping them to prepare new compositions for the trio to perform in the spring...
Night Dances, for flute and piano, has been selected as a set work for the new A level music syllabus in Wales (WJEC). A brand new edition of the score has been published by Cadenza Music and a recording by Catherine Handley and Andrew Wilson-Dickson is available on 'Ariel', a CD of music from Wales.
I feel very lucky to be one of twelve composers who has just been awarded a grant from the PRSF/ Esmee Fairbairn Composers Fund. The Composers Fund will support the international promotion of my four operas and other key works and allow me time to imagine and plan a series of new projects. It’s a unique opportunity to properly address the promotion of my music and put time aside for some essential forward-planning.
An archive recording of my early orchestral work, ‘Blue’, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Martin Brabbins, at St David’s Hall, Cardiff in 1996. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 10th March.