Matthew Barley/Cellist

See deep enough and you can see musically; the heart of nature being everywhere music, if you can only reach it.

Thomas Carlyle

Salford Brass players – unbelievable!

Just about to do a performance with BBC Philharmonic musicians and the quite brilliant brass players from Salford University. We’ve written a piece together that is inventive, powerful and origanal. Based around ideas from John Tavener’s Protecting Veil, a piece lasting over 30′ has emerged, much of it invented by the student participants, and we also have dancers who have created their own original choreography. I’ve been amazed by the brass players – not only their technical skills and sheer beauty of sound, but they’re such a great bunch too! It’s been a very good week. The show is going to be recorded by BBC Radio 3 for later broadcast on Discovering Music. Look out for it.

It’s always wonderful doing these projects; remembering just how much talent there is in the world, and what an inspiration it is to work with young people, engaging with their imaginations and energy.