Study the score intensely then play as if you’re improvising.
Each commission has its own challenges, this may be linked to a brief. It often feels like you have to learn composing anew for each piece and that’s tough
work ever so hard, be kind-hearted and humble but have the confidence to have your sound, your voice and your identity
Be true and make music you enjoy yourself. Sometimes it’s harder to achieve than one may think, but it’s definitely worth it.
Composers John Metcalfe (Factory Classical, Morrissey, The Pretenders, Catatonia, Blur, Peter Gabriel etc) and Simon Richmond (Virgin Records, REM, Pulp, David McAlmont etc) have taken inspiration from Dorset’s ancient stone circles to create ‘Set in Stone’, a double album that offers a primitive experience marrying the modern and the classical, the ancient and the technological. The work was premiered in December 2016….
Working with particular musicians means you can compose tailor-made pieces specifically to them – one hopes this will lead to a piece that is of greater enjoyment and fulfilment for them but also, is a greater success overall