It is getting to a busy patch of the year, and a good one as far as composition is concerned. On Tuesday Southbank Sinfonia will be running the orchestral parts for Tu Es Petrus for the first time in preparation for the premiere the following day when the work will be presented at Cadogan Hall, sung by the Parliament Choir. The following week it will be the turn of the French to sample this new product, as this tribute to the great Perotin and his music will be performed in Notre Dame de Paris, no less. Only now, with the preparations swinging solidly into view, am I beginning to get excited about this, the lengthy talk turning gradually into action. On Sunday 8th May my organ piece Dum Committeret Bellum, a piece I wrote for the fantastic Michael Bonaventure a few years ago, will be performed at the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, and then the Saturday after that, in Yorkshire, Cantores Salicium will premiere Levavi Oculos.
Somewhere in all that I’ll also be directing a concert in Italy, which will make three foreign jaunts in as many weeks, all very rock and roll but challenging, without doubt. June, thankfully, will be quieter in terms of travelling, time to put to good use preparing for the Anghiari Festival (is it already that time of year again?), and also putting more notes on paper, taking up old projects and using spare hours and recently acquired knowledge to the best possible use.