Category: Composer Interview

John Palmer Interview

John Palmer Christian Morris talks to John Palmer, a composer of both acoustic and electroacoustic music whose wide influences include Jungian psychology, Buddhism and mythology. Tell us something about your background. I have always loved music and any form of sound and sound making. My father had a music shop and a recording studio in our home. As a little…

Alasdair Nicolson Interview

Alasdair Nicolson Christian Morris talks to Alasdair Nicolson, composer, Artistic Director of the St. Magnus International Festival and Director of its Composers’ Course. Tell us a little about the origins of the St. Magnus Festival. St Magnus International Festival started 37 years ago and was initiated by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and a group of local enthusiasts, amongst them the…

Judith Weir Interview

Photo:Judith Weir Christian Morris talks to Judith Weir, whose new opera Miss Fortune will receive its UK première on 12th March at the Royal Opera House. What drew you to composition? Do you remember your first pieces? My first pieces were at secondary school. What drew me was finding something that would bring my performing friends together. I played music…

Helen Grime Interview

Photo:Helen Grime Christian Morris talks to the composer Helen Grime who, amongst many other things, has just started as Associate Composer with the Hallé Orchestra. Tell us something about your background. My grandparents both taught music and my mother does too, so there was a lot of music in the house from an early age. My mother used to play…