MUSIC IS A MORAL LAW,
IT GIVES SOUL TO THE UNIVERSE
WINGS TO THE MIND.
FLIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION
A CHARM TO SADNESS
GAIETY AND LIFE TO EVERYTHING.
IT IS THE ESSENCE
OF ORDER AND LENDS TO ALL
THAT IS GOOD,JUST, AND BEAUTIFUL.
PLATO

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Why the photo of the Dog on the site?? Well...for me it's very relevant. I live with a Dog! Not that Dog in the picture but a similar kind of a Dog. A ' person' who has all the qualities one looks for in close relationships with a fellow human and which is normally lacking or there's a price attached to it!!Qualities like unconditional Love, Patience, Calm, Respect are all a natural expression one can associate with a Dog or other Animal!!

My Hunting Dog is always with me during Creation and in the Forest when I walk in the Peace and Calm emanating from Nature, seeking Inspiration. She is with me in the evenings when I listen to Music...she has become a fan of Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky,Mahler and many others. I have noted that she is deeply calmed by good Music.

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You may remember that I had organised two soloists to work with me on this Double Concerto and had indeed already rehearsed in Monaco with the Cellist! The Violinist had cancelled at the last moment and so it was a tad disappointing.

 I then approached the Violinist I originally wanted ,who is young , experienced, brilliant and Leader of Monte Carlo Phil....The answer was ' Yes'. However she is playing solo a great deal now and has alot of work to do, so her first available date was 24th Sept.

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Something has been ' brewing'....I can feel it, almost hear it but not quite . Today I realised that it is a Composition based on Revelations'!(Also, Eckhart Tolle's book ' A New Earth' has been a great inspiration to me.)

 It's easy to dismiss the ancient Biblical Writings....I mostly do myself!! But  some years ago I read Edgar Cayce's commentaries on ' Revelations'. Somehow ,what I  read completely matches our modern day dilemma and proposed a possible solution for a World dominated by Violence, Prejudice and Cruelty ...in a word, Unconsciousness .

 A Solution? Well!! It ain't ' out there'....it's ' in here' .!!!

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I have spent the last week orchestrating 'Ave Maria' ..if you haven't heard it, have a listen to it in it's original form for Soprano Solo and Piano.

Now...finally, after numerous corrections, eye straining scrutiny and appalling backache, it is a work for Soprano solo, SATB Choir, Flute, Tubular Bells and Strings.

 As I worked, I found myself musing on the comments of my friend and fellow Composer/Conductor Errol. He looked at the score of the first version with the possibility in mind of including it in a programme last year....actually the programme never materialised. His comment was..' Changes key too often for my taste and rather naive...'

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 Mid-East orchestras message of peace **
An orchestra born out of conflict in the Middle East has performed on one of the worlds most dangerous frontiers, the demilitarised zone on the Korean peninsula.
< http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/world-middle-east-14539557 >



 
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