New compositions, new talks

Over the past months the project to set seven verses of the Bhagavad Gita to music has progressed to the completion of the first three movements – each complete in itself, but intended to form part of a six-movement sequence. Another short song was also commissioned in October: Nothing but the Knower is intended as […]

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Winter work

The winter is a good time to get down to some desk work and composition. New musical works had to be put to one side for a while to make room for travels as an examiner and the preparation of a fresh talk for the Concordia String Orchestra’s Christmas lunch. Variations on an orchestral theme […]

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Composition workshop

In November Rosemary will be leading a composition workshop for A Level musicians in a South Manchester school. The session is called Characters and Adventures and is designed to help the students to create interesting thematic material and to exploit it to the full. There should also be some ‘fun and games’ in exercises and […]

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Autumn Lectures

Rosemary is currently preparing a lecture entitled Unfinished Business for the new META group (Marple Exploring The Arts) on Thursday October 22nd. A number of great musical masterpieces were left unfinished by their composers, and Rosemary will explore what went wrong, what survives, and the interesting challenges these works have set for later musicians. The […]

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New talks exploring listening

Rosemary will be giving two new presentations in early May, each designed to discover how far listening can take us. Listen to this Space explores the power of listening in the physical, mental and spiritual worlds. By listening and discussion it demonstrates music’s physical effects, and its ability to move the mind in time and space in […]

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Life Journey at Art in Action

Rosemary’s song cycle Beyond the touch of time will receive a further performance at the Art in Action Festival at Waterperry House and Gardens in Oxfordshire in July. The cycle, to words by William Wray, was written for the Lincoln Labyrinth Festival in 2014 and formed part of a Life Journey theme interpreted in the cathedral […]

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New devotional songs

During January and February 2015 Rosemary wrote two new devotional songs for the collection which has developed over the past two years. These songs, written for unison voices and piano, have been used frequently and proved very popular at meetings with a spiritual and contemplative purpose. The project is continuing, and she is currently setting a new text for an occasion at the beginning of […]

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A Christmas celebration

Rosemary’s Christmas anthem Thou whose birth on earth was included in a concert given by the Romulus Singers at All Saints’ Church, Thelwall in December. The words are by Swinburne, and the setting was written for the Manchester-based choir Convivium. It was first performed in an evening of words and music in the mediaeval splendour of Houghton Tower in […]

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Three Devotional Songs

Rosemary has been asked on a number of occasions to provide settings of words for groups meeting for quiet contemplation. Three of these settings, to words by Nityaanand, have now been collected and are available as Three Devotional Songs. ‘I am not born’ is a simple unaccompanied melody; ‘Walking but taking no footsteps’ and ‘Come […]

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Autumn lectures

Two new lecture dates have been arranged for the autumn season. In October Rosemary will speak to the Edmund Rice Network in Hale Barns, Cheshire on the subject Death and Resurrection – Composers and the First World War. By comparing music written before, during and after the conflict she will throw light on what was lost, and […]

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