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A Giant of Beauty: Einojuhani Rautavaara

By | Music, We Are OCA

The news of the passing of one of Finland’s greatest composers was slow to filter out into the world, and even slower for people to get a grasp of the fact that this man, who has been called “A Giant of Beauty”, had actually died. He was 87 years of age and had become one of the leading lights in Scandinavian and Baltic contemporary music over the years. He was a luminary in what is slowly becoming known as the Baltic Spiritualist, or Baltic Minimalist, group.

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Study is a marathon, not a sprint

By | creative art, Creative Writing, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Textiles, Visual Communications, We Are OCA

As you may have noticed, the 2016 Rio Olympics have got underway. Among those athletes going for gold, I would recommend keeping your eyes on the long distance runners – imitating some of their strategies will maximise your chances of successfully completing your studies.

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Making the course work for you

By | Creative Writing, Film, Fine Art, graphic design, Illustration, Music, Photography, Popular Culture, Student Work, Textiles, Visual Communications, We Are OCA

As a tutor for the OCA I have at times had expressed to me a frustration from students on aspects of the course projects being a bit “vague”, or to put it another way, that there isn’t a clear set of instructions, such as “do this, now do that, in order to produce X,” and I thought it might be beneficial to current students to discuss this topic in a bit more detail…

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The Ghost of Musicals Past: Marni Nixon

By | Music, We Are OCA

A news item from this week probably quietly slipped past most people, announcing the death of soprano Marni Nixon. For those unaware of her body of work, I can assure you that you most probably have enjoyed the fruits of her labour at some point, and perhaps without even knowing it!

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The Ghost of Musicals Past: Marni Nixon

By | Music, We Are OCA

A news item from this week probably quietly slipped past most people, announcing the death of soprano Marni Nixon. For those unaware of her body of work, I can assure you that you most probably have enjoyed the fruits of her labour at some point, and perhaps without even knowing it!

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Discovery and Collaboration

By | Music, music composition, Student Work, We Are OCA

Whilst preparing a piece for the recent Composition Workshop, Jerry Mayle decided to pursue a slightly different path than what was originally called for. Jerry asked tutor Andy Glover-Whitley in advance about the possibility of making changes and he got more than he bargained for in the process…

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Conceptual Art in Britain 1964–1979

By | Creative Writing, Film, Fine Art, Galleries, Music, Photography, study visit, Study Visits, Textiles, Visual Communications, We Are OCA

Join OCA tutor Robert Enoch on the 20 August at Tate Britain. In the 1960s artists began to abandon traditional approaches and made ideas the essence of their work. This fascinating exhibition explores this pivotal period in British history.

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