Rough Book #1: Ronald Braunstein, Randomised Listening, Memorization, New Music Biennial & Lutoslawski
Sometimes there’s just no time to knock out 750 words about one given subject. Sometimes, there’s only time to consume the efforts of others instead. Here’s a handful of tasty things I’ve stumbled on over the past 24 hours worthy of a second, more considered look over.
Conductor and bi-polar sufferer Ronald Braunstein (pictured above) runs the ME2 Orchestra, a band made of people with mental health issues. He also gives a candid interview for BBC News Online. Three minutes which will challenge pre-conceptions about the classic music world. It’s great to see to therapeutic effects of music participation being spotlighted instead. The video isn’t embeddable, so trot along to BBC News Online to see it there.
On An Overgrown Path has an interesting suggestion for exploring your CD collection in a John Cage-seque ‘randomised’ style. A very interesting idea even if the process itself momentarily challenges my simple brain.
Melanie Spanswick revisits the varied thinking around memorising music. I’ve always relied on playing from the manuscript myself. The idea of playing without fills me with fear and dread. But she’s quite insistent and perhaps on that basis, memorisation is worth a shot.
And an unexpected email from the Albion Media Elves brings news of another composer centenary this which I had overlooked. Polish composer Lutoslawski was born in 1913 and died in 1994. As well as a enticing selection of performance highlights in Cardiff, London, Poole and Glasgow from the BBC Scottish, Polish National, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, there’s also a dedicated season spotlighting the composer’s work entitled ‘Woven Words’ featuring the Philharmonia and RCM Orchestras.
Finally, PRS for Music Foundation have launched the New Music Biennial Festival to run from 2014 building on the successes of the New Music 20×12 programme run as part of the Cultural Olympiad. The Festival will support 20 commissions of new music with performances at London Southbank and in Glasgow. Applications opened today.