2012 brought two performances: Latin Tangle by the Castle Toward Ensemble, Conducted by John Maxwell Geddis - what a great job they did - and Seven Nine by me to assembled friends. I hope to be able to complete all four movements’ parts to the Gathering by the end of 2013. Fourth movement well under way there at with the 1st three needing crits and finishing. The trouble is I am now contemplating a 5th!
I was not a willing music pupil in my formative years, where formal tuition only lasted a couple of years. I was never the less still passionate about my music and played keyboards in many bands over the years, progressing from punk, through heavy rock to blues. I was always writing other music behind the scenes, but rarely on a score (although I did try). I recorded my music on sequencers generally, and in many cases stored them in my head until their memory had faded or evolved into something else.
I played blues piano semi-professionally in Edinburgh for around 10 years until moving to Glasgow and staring up a Structural Engineering business and family. My dedication to this prevented playing live where there were others who depended on my commitment to their band.
I still needed to have music in my life to maintain a degree of sanity so I went back to school in 2003 to pick up where I left of all these years ago. I studied and practiced for 5 years with Lilly, my tutor, and worked through grades 5 to 8 piano. During that period, my father introduced me to Sibelius, which opened up a whole new world for me to preserve my musical thoughts and heaven forbid – allow others to play them!
I enrolled with John Maxwell Geddes on a couple of his composition courses at Glasgow University in 2009 and had a couple of my pieces played by Paragon Ensemble musicians. ‘Hands on’ with musicians and short order composing is a fantastic way to learn and thoroughly recommended. I still have much to learn and will only stop learning when I am 6 foot under.
I like and listen to all musical gender although I struggle with Minimalism and Country And Western. I have a strong historical affiliation with Beethoven’s music.
2012 brought two performances: Seven Nine by me to assembled freids, and Latin Tangle by the Castle Toward Ensemble, Conducted by John Maxwell Geddis - and what a great job they did.