Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Commission a piece of Norfolk music

Professional musician, Andrew Lowe-Watson’s unique and wonderful promise for the auction is to compose a short piece of music. The piece will be inspired by the Norfolk landscape and the title can be suggested by the lucky winner.

The piece will be about 3 to 5 minutes long and composed for any solo instrument; piano, pan-pipes, accordion – the choice is yours. You will receive an autographed score and a CD of your piece, recorded using the software that he works with professionally.

As a Trinity College Cambridge undergraduate, Andrew won the University Chamber Choir's Composition Prize for settings of Manley Hopkins, one of which, The Windhover, was sung on the Backs in May Week to an audience of three thousand. Andrew‘s career has included being a concert pianist and musical director. Most recently, he has concentrated solely on composition and his music is performed internationally.

Andrew has written church music, chamber works, part-songs, a suite of Nature Pieces for solo piano, and orchestral works, as well as incidental music for stage and screen. His compositions have been broadcast and in June 2004 his opera was given its world premiere in a concert performance at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadlers Wells, London.

Andrew lives in Norfolk and so, as part of the national celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar, he has written two orchestral works about Nelson.
Hooratio! was commissioned using funding from the National Lottery by North Walsham, the town in Norfolk where Nelson went to school and was premiered in the town.
The overture Trafalgar (1805) has been recorded by the Moscow International Symphony Orchestra conducted by Konstantin Krimetz. Its world premiere takes place in Norwich, as the opening concert of the Norwich Philharmonic Society's 2005-6 season at St. Andrew's Hall on November 5th.

This is another lot that could make a fantastic and truly memorable gift

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