Isolation Video Piece

With my Hoopla Sheet Music hat on (see that website, here) this was an attempt to put together a simple piece accessible to early intermediate players. Having seen a number of friends posting compelling videos recently, I also wanted to see if I could do something similar. The piece and video explore themes round the COVID-19 crisis and social isolation…

In defence of the Queen’s Coronavirus statement

I recently wrote a post on Facebook expressing support for the Queen after her Coronavirus statement (‘I thought the Queen was utterly splendid tonight. Good to be reminded why we need someone above politics’). Several esteemed friends replied with republican sentiment. I respect them for it—theirs is a coherent political position. I felt, however, that they might have assumed that…

On trying to be productive….

Oscar Wilde considered that life itself could be a work of art but, as he acknowledged in De Profundis, he put a little too much of his genius into his life. His art, in consequence, suffered.  In Humphrey Carpenter’s biography of Benjamin Britten, he describes how a lady in the composer’s entourage (I forget who) protected Britten from some of…

Hoopla Sheet Music Launches

My educational music is now available in three places: at www.8notes.com with a yearly subscription (some items currently available for free), at www.sheetmusicplus.com and at a new website www.hooplasheetmusic.com. Especially popular this year has been a new suite of 10 Christmas works in jazzy styles: We Wish You a Jazzy Christmas. These are available in two collections for trumpet and…