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…

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…