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Chef Concertino

At the start of the year, I was fortunate to have an orchestral piece called “Chef Concertino” performed at Birmingham Conservatoire. The composition department has an annual competition where composition students can submit works to be performed; the best 6 are chosen. My performance incorporated two passions: food and music. It featured my chef uncle […]



Summertime sum up

What beautiful weather! A year ago, I met a Swedish lady in London (on the bus I think), who said the main reason she decided to stay in the UK was down to the summer of ’76. She told me she had been longing ever since for another glorious summer like that to return. Maybe […]



Hiatus

Been a while since I have blogged. A lot has happened. Let’s keep it short and sweet:



Respek Vanley: Music Workshops Sessions 3 & 4

We are getting there… thank goodness for that, as I’m having the trippiest dreams as the pressure is on. Young people have written two original sets of lyrics for songs using the riddims of Steel Pulse and Burning Spear, I have an  a capella idea for the final ditty, we have one session left to devise/rehearse, […]



Werk

Thanks to Vicki from Uchenna for thinking of me to compose a dance score for young people based in Andover!  The brief was for the piece to be 10 mins long, have a strong pulse and able to fit with wide range of dance styles Uchenna uses as its staple (house, African, voguing).



Respek Vanley: Music Workshops 2 and 3 plus updates

Today’s workshop was great! 4 sessions to go before the big day! There is no shortage of energy with this group, loads of personalities and ideas. I’d definitely describe this group as like an over-excited puppy, wanting to greet every passer-by with a nuzzle.



Respek Vanley: Music Workshops Session 1

The workshops took place today at St. James school Handsworth. It was great to have Prince Jamo‘s support, for him to impart his vast knowledge of reggae music.



May sketch a day: funny

laughter. nuff said. a bit lazy this one, sorry. funny



May sketch a day: memory

well behind. still got 3 to do, but was able to blitz some today. a crazy week. here is memory. audio from youtubes ennit. i took the piano triad used on the video and messed around with it, took half the time, it is very simple. white notes. memory



Movements Fi Make

Finding time to write this blog post has proven to be a mission… Nearly in April already! Seriously, wtf!  Time (yes, a constant) appears to racing ahead, feel like I am going to wake up an elderly woman at this rate! Anyway, I’ve some great projects happening at the moment. 



Workshopped Out

Been delivering a fair amount of workshops this term, as well as being busy running new promotion Rea River Soul, last venture was a success, lots of great feedback – woop! The promotion game is a tiring one when you’re work full time, most of us do and I shan’t complain! 



The Waiting Room

Harborne Academy‘s waiting room transformed: We faced several drawbacks, people not understanding the ideas of our transformed space, (especially older groups), some said there was not enough seating, some didn’t like it, but we quickly we addressed their concerns, and resolved any issues.