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  • Aldeburgh English Song Project – Week 1 » aaronhollowaynahum.com
    about the similarities and differences between the composers that constitute my generation was that it s much harder than you think to let go of being lovely This is one of those obvious facts so clear that it is easy to pass over it without even noticing the speed bump yet it is deeply important to the composers of our time We live in a world that is obsessed with being lovely Perhaps for the artist this is not the worst thing Hanging above my desk is this quote from Kurt Vonnegut When a man becomes a writer I think he takes a sacred obligation to produce beauty and enlightenment and comfort at top speed But it is fundamental and important to also be able to look squarely in the face of suffering complexity and the more painful things in life and to address them clearly and truthfully It is equally important of course to say that there is no more point in being ugly or nasty for the sake of being ugly or nasty than in being lovely Yet most of us instictually want to be liked and so want to make lovely things that other people like As young artists in particular we really must work hard to let go of this I took more concrete and practical concepts away from the time spent with John Woolrich John s sessions were almost uniformly intended to drive us back into those compositional decisions and processes that tend to be made intuitively and at top speed We spent an entire session analysing Little Turquoise Scarf by Selima Hill and developing various performances of this poem in speech Eventually we all came together to try and find a way to notate one of these performances which was perhaps a case of a few too many chefs in the kitchen Repeated many times in the week and something I had always intuitively believed about song but not articulated was John s point that many composers try to emphasise a particular passage or word in a poem by having it spoken instead of sung John correctly pointed out that this is a rather backward device since it is the singing that is the heightened form of expression The result is almost always a complete loss of tension and lack of emphasis at the very moment the composer wanted it most Soprano Lexi Hutton gives the composers a few thoughts about writing for the soprano voice As always at Aldeburgh the teaching and composition was accompanied by beautiful scenery talented colleagues and dedicated musicians who brought the music created during the week to life A course like this is an especially presenting challenge to singers who inherently need slightly more time with a piece than an orchestral musician Richard was a particularly strong force in the course with a level of musicianship in sight reading that is really very rare It was my pleasure too to work more substantially with baritone John Savournin and

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  • Aldeburgh » aaronhollowaynahum.com
    Tagged Aaron Holloway Nahum Aldeburgh British Song Britten Pears Young Artist Programme Brunel Institute of Composing composition Dartington Summer School English Song Project Huw Watkins Ian Bostridge John Woolrich Lavinia Greenlaw Richard Edgar Wilson Songs Jerwood Week 3 This post is a little bit late as the final week of the Jerwood Course was actually in July but I ve been married and on honeymoon since then so I do hope you ll forgive me For a summary of the first two weeks you can read my earlier blogs here and here The final week of No Comments Blog Writing Tagged Aldeburgh Hannah Marcinowicz Jeremy Summerly Jerwood Jerwood Opera Course Jonathan Gunthorpe Opera Rosie Biss Sasha Dugdale The River s Daughter July 28 2011 10 30 am to 12 30 pm 2 30 pm to 4 30 pm At the end of the 2nd week of the Jerwood Opera Writing Course I was paired with Librettist Sasha Dugdale and Director Natalie Abrahami to create a short 10 minute opera for performance in the 3rd and final week Over the course of the three months our collaboration has resulted in The River s Daughter which No Comments Blog Events News Performances Tagged Aaron Holloway Nahum Aldeburgh Jerwood Libretto Natalie Abrahami Opera Sasha Dugdale The River s Daughter Jerwood Week 2 I ve now been up and back from Aldeburgh for the second week of the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme It was the second of three weeks the first was in November the final week is in July which bring together composers writers and directors in the creation of new opera As I mentioned in the first blog the No Comments Blog News Tagged Aaron Holloway Nahum Aldeburgh Jerwood Opera Course March 2011 Opera Jerwood Opera Writing Programme Week 1 I ve

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  • English Song Project » aaronhollowaynahum.com
    Project was certainly no exception Led by composer John Woolrich poet Lavinia Greenlaw tenor Richard Edgar Wilson and No Comments Blog Writing Tagged Aldeburgh Architecture Brunel University Cameron Burns Christian Wiman English Song Project Every Riven Thing Huw Waktins Ian Bostridge John Savournin John Woolrich Kurt Vonnegut Lavinia Greenlaw Lexi Hutton Richard Edgar Wilson Snape Maltings Thomas Deneuville Aldeburgh English Song Project February 24 2013 9 00 am to March 2 2013 6 00 pm April 14 2013 10 00 am to 7 00 pm I m delighted to announce that I ve been selected for the 2013 Aldeburgh English Song Project The weeklong course takes place in Aldeburgh with composers John Woolrich Huw Watkins poet Lavinia Greenlaw and tenor Richard Edgar Wilson Songs begun on this course will be worked on and performed by young singers during a 2013 Aldeburgh Festival No Comments Blog Events Performances Tagged Aaron Holloway Nahum Aldeburgh British Song Britten Pears Young Artist Programme Brunel Institute of Composing composition Dartington Summer School English Song Project Huw Watkins Ian Bostridge John Woolrich Lavinia Greenlaw Richard Edgar Wilson Songs Latest News Remember Me Part IV Performances Remember Me Part IV Premiere AIDF Anything But Real Time Premiere

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  • 8 » March » 2013 » aaronhollowaynahum.com
    Ensemble s Shapes of a Square concert with the Navarra Quartet at LSO St Luke s This is an LSO Soundhub Showcase concert No Comments Blog Events Tagged LSO My Silence and These Voices Soundhub String Quartet The Navarra Quartet The Riot Ensemble Latest News Remember Me Part IV Performances Remember Me Part IV Premiere AIDF Anything But Real Time Premiere LSO Soundhub Atea Quintet Brighton Festival Event Calendar Feb

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  • 18 » March » 2013 » aaronhollowaynahum.com
    Maida Vale Studios The Orchestra will read through the first 7 minutes of a newly composed piece The Deeper Breath to Follow You can view the score below Feedback and critique No Comments Blog Events Writing Tagged BBC Symphony Orchestra Embedded Maida Vale Studios Sound and Music Latest News Remember Me Part IV Performances Remember Me Part IV Premiere AIDF Anything But Real Time Premiere LSO Soundhub Atea Quintet Brighton

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  • BBCSO Sounds from Japan Review » aaronhollowaynahum.com
    in their 5 Questions series This entire day proved to be one of conflicting answers to the question of Japanese identity from the featured composers While every composer performed is Japanese there was something strikingly familiar in the European structures and logical arguments of the works that made up the day Toru Takemitsu references the sound of the East in Rain Spell by quarter tone tuning the harp thus evoking the sound of the Japanese Koto I both loved the presence of a western classical instrument making these sounds and simultaneously wondered why it wouldn t have been better realised on an actual Koto In the concluding bars of Rain Spell a plucked line in the harp is punctuated by a piano chord and vibraphone note obviously in standard tuning that left me wondering what to make of the interaction between these worlds Beautiful but separate Discordant yet fused You can read my full review here No Comments Blog Writing Tagged BBC Symphony Orchestra I Care If You Listen Japan Live Music Review Total Immersion Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address

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  • Japan » aaronhollowaynahum.com
    Total Immersion Sounds from Japan day at the Barbican Centre and LSO St Luke s I m looking forward to writing more reviews in particular of No Comments Blog Writing Tagged BBC Symphony Orchestra I Care If You Listen Japan Live Music Review Total Immersion Latest News Remember Me Part IV Performances Remember Me Part IV Premiere AIDF Anything But Real Time Premiere LSO Soundhub Atea Quintet Brighton Festival Event

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  • Total Immersion » aaronhollowaynahum.com
    On January 28th the Guildhall School of Music presented a concert at the Barbican as part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra s Total Immersion Series This series spends time focusing on the work of a single contemporary composer Normally held on a single day this instalment took a weekend to focus on the music of Jonathan Harvey This concert picked up chamber solo No Comments Blog Writing Tagged Arvo Part

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