Posted by: sharmaliz | October 15, 2016

Croatia 2016 with English Brass Academy

img-20160730-wa0010wp_20160727_001-1At the end of July I travelled to Sibenik, Croatia, for my 2nd visit, having written music for English Brass Academy’s Summer Festival there, led by Paul Archibald, with Ivan Bosniak, and a team of Croatian, Italian, Romanian, Canadian, & English tutors. The standard of playing from participants from all over the world,was phenomenal, but the instrumental line up a bit unusual – 6 trumpets, 12 trombones, a horn, a tenor horn, a baritone, a tuba, & me on a borrowed baritone sax pretending to be another tuba. Most of the pieces played were for sections of the group, but I arranged the Purcell Chaconne for the entire group, as a sort of Concerto Grosso, with each section getting it’s moment of glory, and two of my own pieces – ‘Insects’ to which Paul added some hilarious special effects, and ‘Ancient Srories’. We performed in Sibenik Cathedral, and in the Town Square.

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Posted by: sharmaliz | August 8, 2016

Rainbow Island July 4th & 5th 2016

Liz Sharma

Rainbow Island 04.07.16 50.JPGRainbow Island 04.07.16 63This was an amazing event – children from 7 Ealing schools sang the songs,  & members of Berrymede recorder orchestra joined an adult orchestra & performed my ‘Rainbow Island’ at St Barnabas church, Ealing over the two days, under the baton of Lee Marchant, & with special lighting & staging, & an excellent narrator. In spite of the fact that it was performed at the end of Ramadan, & July 5th was Eid, as well as a teachers’ strike, both performances zipped along, and were well supported by enthusiastic audiences. I’m assured that there are plans for this sort of event  to happen again in the future.

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Posted by: sharmaliz | August 8, 2016

Rainbow Island July 4th & 5th 2016

Rainbow Island 04.07.16 50.JPGRainbow Island 04.07.16 63This was an amazing event – children from 7 Ealing schools sang the songs,  & members of Berrymede recorder orchestra joined an adult orchestra & performed my ‘Rainbow Island’ at St Barnabas church, Ealing over the two days, under the baton of Lee Marchant, & with special lighting & staging, & an excellent narrator. In spite of the fact that it was performed at the end of Ramadan, & July 5th was Eid, as well as a teachers’ strike, both performances zipped along, and were well supported by enthusiastic audiences. I’m assured that there are plans for this sort of event  to happen again in the future.

Posted by: sharmaliz | October 11, 2015

What am I Doing?

I like the variety of what I do , but sometimes it’s hard to decide what I should concentrate on first, plus I always need to plan far ahead to make sure everything is ready on time.

Liz Sharma

Last weekend London Contemporary orchestra performed my ‘All at Sixes & Sevens’ concertante for double percussion in a programme of works by members of London Composers’ Forum.

I’m putting the finishing touches to the two works for Dorset Chamber Orchestra for next March, with Martin Clunes, but this only really involves a bit of re orchestration for practical reasons. The main work is ‘Buzzard or Kestrel’ a musical story by Richard Baker, which Martin will narrate, but Jane Brewster’s young string ensemble will join the orchestra to perform my ‘Water Birds’ as a sort of mini Concerto Grosso. Walter Brewster will  conduct.

I’ve just sent alternative ‘bassoon instead of cor anglais’ parts off to a trio in Germany who contacted me after performing some of my music, & wanting more, and I’ve sent some duets off to Miles Nipper for Wandering Winds, as well as my suite ‘Elsewhere Music’ which also involves a…

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Posted by: sharmaliz | October 11, 2015

What am I Doing?

Last weekend London Contemporary orchestra performed my ‘All at Sixes & Sevens’ concertante for double percussion in a programme of works by members of London Composers’ Forum.

I’m putting the finishing touches to the two works for Dorset Chamber Orchestra for next March, with Martin Clunes, but this only really involves a bit of re orchestration for practical reasons. The main work is ‘Buzzard or Kestrel’ a musical story by Richard Baker, which Martin will narrate, but Jane Brewster’s young string ensemble will join the orchestra to perform my ‘Water Birds’ as a sort of mini Concerto Grosso. Walter Brewster will  conduct.

I’ve just sent alternative ‘bassoon instead of cor anglais’ parts off to a trio in Germany who contacted me after performing some of my music, & wanting more, and I’ve sent some duets off to Miles Nipper for Wandering Winds, as well as my suite ‘Elsewhere Music’ which also involves a piano. This work was written some time ago for Jenny Lord & her trio, and is a set of 5 pieces based on scales & styles from around the world.

Soon I must finish checking & printing ‘Rainbow Island’ which is to be performed by 12 schools in Ealing at some time during the first half of 2016, as I have a meeting about it over Half Term.

I’ve orchestrated a set of unusual Carols from the British Isles for the Ealing Chamber Music Club’s Christmas play in, but haven’t thought of a catchy title yet.

At school recorder orchestra & singing assemblies are enthusiastic, & I’m about to start this year’s guitar club, and also introduce ukuleles. I’ve started arranging the recorder orchestra’s Christmas music too – though they are still working on other pieces.

I’ve had to put work on the Concerto Grosso for the Croatian Brass 5tet & wind orchestra on the back burner for the time being due to being a bit busy with all the things mentioned above.

Posted by: sharmaliz | September 19, 2015

Several things at once

I’m getting on quite well with the Concerto Grosso for Brass Quintet & symphonic Wind Band, which quintet members asked me to write when I went to Croatia. Why then do I feel slightly guilty? I really ought to be re-drafting ‘Buzzard or Kestrel’ for next March’s gig with the Dorset orchestra & Martin Clunes, or making sure everything is ready for the next schools project, or deciding what to arrange for the Christmas Ealing Chamber Music Club play – in. There are a few other smaller jobs in the pipeline too. It’s good to have plenty to do, but I haven’t quite got into my stride after the Summer yet.
I received my sample MP3 disc of my other Concerto Grosso from Studio Music last week played by an army concert band. The sheet music should be out soon.

Posted by: sharmaliz | August 5, 2015

I don’t know where to start!

I have made yet another resolution to keep my website up to date, as it is so long since I wrote a blog, I don’t know where, or even when to start. This year has been phenominally busy, so I’ll just make a list:-

March 2015 – My usual visit to Dorchester for the orchestral version of Dave the Musical Caveman,Dorset Chamber orchestra with narrator Martin Clunes.   This year I re wrote it to include young recorder players from Cerne Abbbas school.

‘Rainbow Island’ with adult orchestra of my ECMC, ESO, & other orchestral friends and all the children of Berrymede Junior School. There are loads of great pictures, which I’lll attempt to put in my gallery.

April The memorial concert at Ealing Chamber Music Club for Anthea Sharma, founder member, who died in September last year. At the end on an evening of chamber music, we formed an orchestra & performed my ‘Elegy’, which I wrote for the occasion.

May & June was spent writing and/or arranging music for large brass ensembles for English Brass Academy(under the direction of Paul Archibald) courses in Kuwait & Croatia. Also preparing the vast Berrymede recorder orchestra & guitar club, & kids in general for our Berrymede Talent Festival to be held in early July. I finished the arrangement for the Ealing Chamber Music Club’s Summer Sing/Play along Abba medley. & performed my ‘Seeking Zamfir’ & ‘Two Turkish Dances’ with a string trio at an Ealing Chamber Music Club concert.

July  Berrymede talent Fest –  A whole week of performance events involving all 400 children.

London Composers’ Forum concert in Central London, in which John Holland, Owen Phillips & I performed my ‘Reeds & Rhythm’ for soprano, & baritone saxes & drums.(See photo).

The big end of year Ealing Chamber Music Club extravaganza ending with everyone singiing & playing my arrangement of Abba songs. It was so enjoyable,(see ECMC website)

A week in Sibernik, Croatia, with English Brass Academy. They played 8 of my compositions/arrrangements in 3 concerts in spectacular venues. There are many pictures & recordings & a brilliant slideshow on facebook.(See picture of rehearsal)Croatia rehearsal19423039870_5187c6cf80_n

Posted by: sharmaliz | September 6, 2014

Good News & Bad.

Cerne-Cygnets-with-Martin-Clunes-and-Liz-SharmaOn Thursday I delivered my new work for Regent Brass, ‘Dance of the Groovy Spirits’ & some revised bass parts to my ‘Fanfare for Celebration’ Although not everyone was there, as it was their first meeting after the Summer break, they sound Fantastic, & they seem to like the pieces.
The bad news is that Jane Brewster, who teaches the young violinists for whom I write a small part of a large orchestral work every year, has been told that the school no longer wants the children taught violin, they’re going for ukuleles instead!!! How pathetic – why can’t the school offer both? The Head does not appear to value the fact that for at least 4 of my 9 years of setting musical stories for Dorset Orchestra, with Martin Clunes as narrator, the children have had the experience of playing with a good adult orchestra, not to mention performing with a famous actor & TV personality. I can write for ukuleles, if necessary, but orchestral opportunities on the ukulele are limited. On the violin early experience can lead to a lifetime of opportunities.

Posted by: sharmaliz | August 27, 2014

I must Improve!

Liz Sharma

I spend so much time posting on facebook, but forget to keep up with my website. Now, where to start? It is the end of August. I broke my arm at the end of July, so have not been able to play any instruments. I still went to Dartington, but played percussion in the bands in which I should have played saxes & oboe.
I’ve written several pieces for brass band for Paul Archibald’s Regent Brass Band, & he also took some of my music to Poland & Austria to use on courses he was running. Forton have published about 25 of my pieces, & Egge Verlag about 35. Studio have some in the pipe line too.
September 8th will be the 100th Ealing Chamber Music Club concert, & I’ve written ‘Celebrate 100’ for everyone who wants to play. I really will try to post regularly.

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Posted by: sharmaliz | August 27, 2014

I must Improve!

I spend so much time posting on facebook, but forget to keep up with my website. Now, where to start? It is the end of August. I broke my arm at the end of July, so have not been able to play any instruments. I still went to Dartington, but played percussion in the bands in which I should have played saxes & oboe.
I’ve written several pieces for brass band for Paul Archibald’s Regent Brass Band, & he also took some of my music to Poland & Austria to use on courses he was running. Forton have published about 25 of my pieces, & Egge Verlag about 35. Studio have some in the pipe line too.
September 8th will be the 100th Ealing Chamber Music Club concert, & I’ve written ‘Celebrate 100’ for everyone who wants to play. I really will try to post regularly.

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