Opening the Workshop Door

Posted on May 6th, 2019 by

One of the most interesting, and for me, inspiring, parts of my work are the projects which I am engaged on worldwide which explore the creative process. Many of these projects involved long-term collaborations with young players and composers, and result in performances, new works and groups of  works which are deepened by careful attention to the workshop process, and not subject to the limits of limited rehearsal time.

Or these events can allow audiences to get closer to music making: to the instruments, the scores, the rehearsal process, inside the music.

Colour Workshop: Marco Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico. 2005

QuartetWorkshop-Ankara 2003 (Photo Richard Bram)

‘Stradivari, for Starters’ Whittall Pavilion, Library of Congress 14 12 12

Workshop materials11pm Schaeffergaarden, Jaegersborg. 15th September-for concert celebrating Sven Hastein-Mikkelsen-on the desk Sibelius, Lars Bagger, Sadie Harrison, Ole Bull, Nielsen, Abrahamsen, and the Havstein Mikkelsen’s work

Working on David Matthews with young Czech musicians. Brno 2003. Photo: Petr Francan

MTSU composers E’narda McCalister, David Hull and Katlyn Krueger, at a workhsop with PSS

Richard Causton, centre with fellow composer Jeremy Thurlow. Roderick Chadwick prepares the piano for ‘Seven States of Rain’ and an Amati scroll waits for action! Kettle’s Yard 27 4 14 (Photo Malene Skaerved)

Workshop at Carl Nielsen Conservatory, Odense
Photo Richard Bram

Hard at work with Julian Perkins-at the British Museum, December 2013

A cellist having a Walt Whitman moment. Bjørn Sanders and Theodor Lyngstad in my workshop atLysebu. 24 1 15

Workshop at Tate St Ives 2006. David Gorton ‘Trajectories’.

Clifton Harrison & Neil Heyde explore the first page of David Matthew’s 8th Quartet. Tianjin Conservatory 21 10 16

Working on detail with Composer Alex Westlund. Lund. 2019

Composer/Performer Workshop. Skopje 2006 (Photo: Borce Nikolowski)

With composers at the Xinjiang Institute 2002

The end of a wonderful project. With some of my fabulous Ithaca collaborators. Emmanuel Berrido, Dallas Joseph Howard, Parker Callister, Duncan Krimmel, after the final day, of recording and concert. Thanks to Evis Sammoutis & Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann for the inspiration. 19 4 17

Nashville – London Composer Exchange. Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University. Peter Sheppard Skaerved trying to avoid conducting. 25 2 14. Photo David Gorton

With young musicians and composers in Kosova. Pristina Library. 2007


Composers Workshop. Kreutzer Quartet with young composers. Wolverhampton 2008. Photo Richard Bram