Mar. 13th, 2017

artsyhonker: a girl with glasses and purple shoulder-length hair (Default)
That was... a lot of work.

Friday I printed some music, packed my bags, and took the train to Hitchen, to arrive at Benslow Music Centre in time for supper.

The schedule was:
18.30 supper
20.00-21.00 Session

Saturday
Breakfast
9.15-10.45 Session
break
11.15-12.45 Session
break and lunch
14.30-16.00 Session/Free time (we had free time)
break
16.30-18.00 Session
supper
20.00-21.00 Session

Sunday
Breakfast
9.15-10.45 Session
break
11.15-12.45 Session
break and lunch
14.30-16.00 Session (we had ours slihgtly early, from 14.00-15.30, in order to get away a bit earlier)

The West Gallery course was rather low in numbers, I think probably the minimum to make it viable really: I had six people, two playing the violin, one playing the ophicleide or singing bass, and three only singing (SAA). So we did a lot of three-part stuff, and I ended up singing tenor nearly all the time. The Ophicleide was great, but way way too loud for those numbers and administration, so he gave up partway through Saturday and switched to singing. He also had to leave early, so for the Sunday afternoon service we switched to me playing bass on the piano and singing what I could while also directing... it sortof worked.

At these things there are a few obvious dangers. One is that people feel they haven't had enough to do, they are there to sing/play but you keep talking at them and they get frustrated. Another is that you only give them easy music and they get bored. A third danger is working them a bit too hard, so that they're exhausted.

I think I erred slightly on the side of exhaustion; with more planning on my part, we would have done a bit less singing in some of the Saturday morning sessions, then a bit more Saturday evening (the last session of the day was almost entirely readings).

The thing that I wasn't keen on was the bit where I couldn't get to church on Sunday morning (or indeed Sunday evening, by the time I got back to London); I'd really prefer not to do that.

All in all it was a good experience and I am already thinking about workshops I could run, perhaps in such a way as to not interfere with Sundays.

Meanwhile -- got the Da Capo entry done, ended up having to ask my mother (who is in Canada) to send them a cheque as I have neither access to a Canadian chequebook of my own, nor the ability to purchase, in the UK, a postal money order that will be accepted in Canada.

Next up: looks like the Uncommon Music call for scores has been extended to 15th March. I don't know if I can finish my piece for it by then but it's worth a go. But after that I really have to work on MALTA, MASNAU and ORTUS competitions/calls, all due at the end of March/start of April.

Grah

Mar. 13th, 2017 06:42 pm
artsyhonker: a girl with glasses and purple shoulder-length hair (Default)
Reviewing various choral composition competition things, and one of them says:

"The winner will receive a monetary prize of €1000 (one thousand Euro), a diploma and a recording of his opus."

Emphasis mine.

Not going to burn my words on this, because it's directly related to my PhD area and it may well be due to prejudice on the part of the translators rather than the organisers, but this sort of thing does rather get up my nose.
artsyhonker: a girl with glasses and purple shoulder-length hair (Default)
A rather bitty day, with an appointment in the middle of it. And I'm still tired from working all weekend.

So, I did some small, bitty tasks:
-sent entry form for Da Capo competition (having sent my submission and arranged for payment last night)
-sent Benslow invoice
-poked MC about Talvilaulu recording
-decided not to enter Fissinger competition (fiddly, has entry fee, meh)
-fixed "Round Me Falls the Night" so if it doesn't win competition I sent it in for, it is ready to publish online -- though it would be better to wait until I have a demo recording of it
-looked at some more competitions
-decided that for the Malta competition I'll probably use a text for All Souls, since the festival starts on that day.

I don't quite know how this took me until 11pm, but never mind; it's done.

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