NAC in Belfast
Project leaders were composer Graham Fitkin and percussion quartet
In February 1999, the participating young composers attended a "nuts
and bolts" composition workshop with Graham Fitkin. They were invited
to write new short works for the percussion quartet.
All participants were given a Composition Kit, including:
Notes on Composing by Graham Fitkin, including advice on "decision
making", "practicalities", "possible starting points",
and "methods of development".
An A to Z of percussion by Ensemble Bash
About the Instruments by Ensemble Bash
Preparation of scores and parts – guidelines from spnm
During March 1999 the composers worked on their pieces, with ongoing support
from Graham, the players, and the spnm team.
In April 1999 the works were performed and recorded by Ensemble Bash.
Extracts from the Composition Kit:
"It can be wonderfully absorbing to create music. And that's how
I feel it should be. If the music you write thrills you (and when I write
a piece I generally think it's the best thing in the world!), then there
is a good chance it might thrill someone else!"
"Q is for Questions. Please ask us lots of these. Don't be embarrassed,
as there's no question so daft that we haven't heard it before! Questions
at the beginning of a piece save errors being copied into a score for
perpetuity, and will help us play your music so much better"
NAC in Halifax
NAC in Scotland
photo: Chameleon Arts Management
photo: Decca/Richard Croft