by Tom Poster September 30th, 2010

Aldeburgh 1 – Aronowitz 7

I’m on my way to Aldeburgh (where, incidentally, by the end of the day, I’ll have given two concerto performances with a cat’s tail attached to my trousers – but that’s another story), and now seems as fitting a time as any to pen a few words about the Aronowitz Ensemble; for Aldeburgh is where the Ensemble really began, in November 2004, when Magnus assembled seven of us there for what, at the time, was set to be a one-off rehearsal residency and concert. It was an extraordinarily wonderful week: we rehearsed, chatted, ate, drank, put conch shells on our noses and marvelled at the unusual lyrics to Katie Melua songs. It would have felt a great shame to have left things there.

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by Stephen McNeff September 24th, 2010

ConcertO-Duo: Banff to Barbican (via Essex)

I’m now in that odd limbo for a composer between having finished a major work and its first performance.  I sent the full score of the Concerto to my publishers in the middle of July, having delivered the final section to Owen and Olly on the 2 July (on time!).  I did various proof corrections by email from Canada where I was resident at the Banff Centre in August, but that’s now all complete, the conductor has the full score and the BBC Symphony Orchestra has the parts.  I now wait until the first rehearsal on 19th October and hope that everyone else is quietly getting on with it.  No one has screamed yet!

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by Gabriele Carcano September 17th, 2010

Marlboro – such stuff as dreams are made on

It is hard to talk about a dream you had.  How can you find the right words to really describe what you felt and lived? How to communicate those feelings to someone who was not experiencing the same? That’s what I keep thinking, trying to write about Marlboro Music Festival where I spent this last summer. Especially because it has now the taste of a dream, something different from the reality, with different rules.

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