I have just spent an exciting couple of days up at the Sage Gateshead completing the first workshops as part of Sound and Music's Next Wave programme. I am working with the accordionist Luke Carver Goss and a chamber ensemble of musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia. I had a lengthy workshop in which to try out the initial ideas for my piece and I had a great time exploring the accordion with Luke. It was also really interesting to observe the workshops of the other composers taking part in the scheme, there was much exploration of interesting timbres and sounds! Now I have a couple of months to develop my ideas for the piece before the second workshop in July.