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Ep.4 - The composition of 'The Green Fuse' (2021)

The string orchestra piece The Green Fuse (2021) was originally written as an entry into a composition competition held this year by a Scandinavian string orchestra. Part of the prize included performances on an international multi-venue tour around Northern Europe…

Ep. 3 - The composition of 'The Last Pipistrelle'.

It should be noted that I have tried my best to make this blog post accessible to the general reader. I have tried to avoid technical music theory jargon and flowery, arty-farty language as much as possible. This is the…

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Ep.2 - Ten Common Mistakes in Essay Writing 

This may seem to be a bizarre topic for a blog entitled Musician at Work, but part of my work is lecturing on a music course at an FE College. As I am the lecturer in the department with a…

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Ep. 1 - Introduction

Hello. I have decided to write this new blog Musician at Work for several reasons, which I will outline shortly. It is a view of the world from my point of perspective - both issues in my life as a…

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Yes, but try telling my bank manager this...

“Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. 

They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. 

Every day, they face the financial challenge…

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Competition time...?

Hi, 

I thought I would go through the latest batch of composition competitions that arrived in my inbox yesterday, and see if there is anything of interest to me. 

NB: All the comments are about the relevance of…

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Return of the Blog...

Hi, 

Apologies for the lack of a blog in recent weeks. This situation arose when I just ran out of steam at the end of term - not just with the blog, but everything - and barely had the…

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To the Max...

Hi, 

I woke this morning to read the news that British composer, Peter Maxwell Davies, had died of leukemia, at the age of 81. 

Why should this bother me - "the jazz guy" - jazz double bass player…

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Grrrr....

Hi, 

This post is written in a mixed mood of annoyance, irony, sadness and defiance. 

Three things have triggered this: 

1. I was booked to teach two 5-day jazz performance courses aimed at beginners - particularly people…

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The hidden stuff...

Hi, 

Thanks to Matt for prompting this post. Last night, in a conversation in the break at the Bath Community Big Band rehearsal (which I conduct) Matt (trumpet 1) commented that he was enjoying reading the blog - so…

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Open letter...

 

Hi, 

My entire post today consists of two things... 

One full of sadness - reports of the death of George Martin, genius producer of the Beatles - and one full of wisdom and hope... 

Read this…