Thursday, 31 October 2013

Four-Minute Facelift

I wrote my four minute opera, The Sands of Time, (with writer Simon Rees), twenty years ago for a one-off performance. It had to be composed very quickly and I didn’t produce the neatest score in the world.

Twenty years on it’s still getting performances every year and each time I feel a bit more embarrassed about the old score. At the end of November, Intimate Opera of Indianapolis are giving four performances, so I asked Michael McCartney to produce a newly engraved score.

Michael is a highly skilled music editor and has produced a beautifully laid out and proportioned score so that the performers will have better materials to work with.

For details of Intimate Opera's forthcoming production, see

Monday, 28 October 2013

Autumn Festival in Flanders

The Transit Festival of contemporary music in Leuven, Flanders, is one of my favourite destinations. A packed weekend of music and talks – there’s almost no time to eat!

In between events I enjoyed the wonderful medieval town, bathed in autumn sunlight. Its town hall is one of the most impressive gothic buildings in Europe.

I heard lots of fabulous new pieces and performers, including an excellent new commission from Bernhard Lang based on Boris Karloff’s Dracula films and incorporating bits of their soundtracks – fun, but also tough and challenging. Today I’m writing up a review of the weekend for Tempo

More details at Transit’s website