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Study Visit: Vocal Composition Workshop

Join OCA’s Andy Glover and Chris Lawry on Saturday 2 April 2016 between 9.30am and 5pm for a composition workshop at MAC Birmingham. The day will consist of advice and discussion on writing for Voices, and will feature recordings and feedback of student compositions for mezzo soprano.

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More Details on the Music Degree

We can now announce that the OCA Trustees have agreed to the commissioning of the first two additional Music courses.

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The Threepenny Opera: Musical Grit

If you’re unfamiliar with the work, let me introduce you to an absolute gem of the musical world, that of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera).

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The Composer and Performer Relationship

In the first of a series of follow up blogs from the recent OCA music workshop, I want to look at one of the most important points raised on the study day, the Composer and Performer Relationship. Both sides of the relationship need each other and, in most professional musical situations, the scale of collaboration […]

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Review: Music Composition Workshop at MAC Birmingham

Earlier this month, during what appeared to be Birmingham’s monsoon season, sixteen OCA music students, along with tutors Andy Glover and Chris Lawry, braved the rains and gathered at the MAC building for an intensive study day. Interesting points raised on the day, along with student compositions, will form a series of blog posts starting […]

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Robert John Read: Pilgrim Mass

Following on from my recent blog about getting your compositions played, it was an absolute pleasure to have been invited to Gloucestershire late last year to record a concert featuring the culmination of a student’s Level 3 Advanced Composition coursework. In the beautiful setting of St. Mary’s Church, Fairford, we were to hear the premiere […]

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Go on, get it played!

I don’t think many people would disagree that music exists to be heard, whether it’s a CD recording or a score on a performer’s stand. I’ll go further by adding that I don’t see the point of composing music if you don’t intend people to play it; music exists when it is realised in sound. […]

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Study Visit: Composition Workshop

Join OCA’s Andy Glover and Chris Lawry on Saturday 11th April 2015 between 9.30am and 5pm for a composition workshop at MAC Birmingham. The day will consist of advice and discussion on writing for String Quartets and for Flute & Piano featuring, in the morning session, The Take Four String Quartet and, in the afternoon, The Buchner Duo.

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Rocking the Boat

Some of the most fascinating moments in the history of music, for me, have been when composers have said ‘enough of this, I want to do something differently!’. Whether these differences then manifest themselves as changes to structure, tuning, rhythm, compositional systems, instrumentation or style, the ability to challenge the status quo of the performer […]

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Reflections on ‘A Shropshire Lad’: A music forum project

It was way back in Summer 2013 when some of the music forum members first decided to work on another collaborative project, roughly titled ‘A response to poetry’. Collaborative projects are such a worthwhile way of sharing your thoughts and music with other composers, as well as creating a new piece of work together. Composers […]

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