I've had a very busy and musical start to the month. This week I went up to Sage Gateshead for 2 days to record my new Mayan-inspired work - 'El Hilo del Tiempo' with NMC recordings, as part of Sound and Music's Next Wave 2 programme. This was a fantastic experience and I thoroughly enjoyed the recording process which was an entirely new realm for me. It was also great to hear the variety in the other composers' works and sit in on their recording sessions too. A real learning curve! It has been great to collaborate with Luke Carver Goss and players from Royal Northern Sinfonia throughout the last few months and I'm excited to hear the results of this extended project. The first edit is due next week and I can't wait to hear how the recording engineer David Lefeber has brought together and edited the takes. The album is due out in January and will be accompanied by a live launch at Sage, more news soon!
Straight after the recording session in Newcastle I went down to London for another LSO Panufnik Composers' session. This time we worked with string quartet and I had the chance to hear how my new (also Mayan-inspired) work 'Tijax' sounds. The LSO performers provided fantastic feedback and advice and I'm now looking forward to really getting stuck into the orchestral work, the first draft of which is due in a few weeks time, so plenty more composing to come!