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Night Music

This post features music composed by Edinburgh based music student Jamie Dunnett.  He writes as follows. “Night Music was written specifically for OCA tutor and professional flautist Carla Rees to play at the composition workshop in November 2011. The brief was to write a piece, up to 3 minutes long, for unaccompanied flute. “The workshop […]

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Musical highlights of 2011

Just before we turn off the lights and lock the door on 2011, here are the musical highlights – as chosen by members of the OCA music team. Duncan Druce:  For about a decade, each June, I’ve been spending a week (sometimes longer) in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, playing the violin at the English Haydn Festival. A […]

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Learner Support Scheme launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of an enhanced Learner Support Scheme.   Trustees have set aside a budget of up to £15,000 in each financial year to underpin this important development. The new scheme will ensure the continuation of the existing bursary scheme but add four new components.  These are: help with attending OCA […]

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Singalong melodies? Surely not…

I was in Grange-over Sands the other weekend. In keeping with its somewhat old world charm, it has a bandstand where live music is performed on summer Sundays. It had to be relocated from a previous site near the railway station since ladies complained that their clothing was being ruined by soot from passing steam […]

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The Messiah meets Purple Haze

Music composition – and indeed other – students may be interested in an event on Saturday 4 June at 2:00pm in London.  Harpsichordist Jane Chapman will be performing a selection of new pieces for harpsichord and electronics by composition students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.  OCA students with a valid student card […]

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New Music course launched

We are delighted to announce the launch of our exciting new music course, entitled Music 1: From the Present to the Past, developed for us by OCA tutor Carla Rees. This course starts with the present day, including contemporary ‘classical’ composers, film and world music, and works backwards, focusing on how one generation has influenced […]

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Well, it’s obvious isn’t it?

You Tube has a fascinating clip of Paul Simon discussing where the melody and harmony for the song Still Crazy After All These Years should go after the initial verse and chorus.  Even if you are not into music theory, do listen to this – and don’t be put off by the irritating (to me!) […]

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It's all about pathos

Does a composer write his or her best music at a time of joy, tragedy or tranquillity? There are persuasive cases to be made for all three. Indeed we should probably add a fourth option i.e. none of the above as there are plenty of composers who seemed able to turn out wonderful music on […]

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A new OCA Course in music on the way!

Good news for current and potential music students at the OCA!  We have commissioned Carla Rees to write a new Level 1 Music course.  Gareth’s recent interview with Carla gives some fascinating background on her interests, including her pioneering work on the 21st century flute repertoire and developments with the instrument itself (alto and bass […]

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