More performances – but I need to write!

They say that life not only imitates art, it gets in the way of art. In my case, both are incredibly true.

The last two years have been crazily busy, and I’ve had little time to create new music, although I’ve been jotting ideas down and scrabbling text together.

In late 2016 I sold the farm I owned with my ex-husband, and now I’ve moved back into the city (well, Dunedin is a small town really!) with my new partner Matt. Together with the four kids we have between us we’ve bought a new home, and begun the long process of renovations. It’s taking most of my spare time, bringing a beautiful old villa up to date, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the process, but it has left me little time for anything else creative.

Hence my lack of new music.

My apologies.

The last two years has, however, also seen a significant number of performances, as current pieces continue to get outings around the world. I continue to be one of the most regularly performed New Zealand composers, and possibly the most performed New Zealand female choral composer, a fact for which I am incredibly grateful and for which I feel very honoured.


Above, Mary Sings A Lullaby, performed by Coro Armonie in Voce, Italy, directed by Mario Riva. 16 August 2017.

Crescent Moon has had performances in Australia (Melbourne and Darwin), Spain, Iceland, Canada, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Ireland, and several more states in the Unites States including Oregon, Alabama, California, New York, Michigan, North Dakota and Florida.

Bell Carol was given eight performances in West bend, Wisconsin in the United States. Thanks so much to West Bend Masonic Lodge for contacting me, and letting me know! 🙂

Where Is The Moon? had a recent outing in Quebec, Canada, and in Alabama, and various movements from The Wheel of the Year continue to be performed all around the world, finding favour in Spain and Brazil in particular. The entire Wheel of the Year was also performed in Goirle, near Tilburg in the Netherlands.

Finally, The Chocolate Song, a joint composition with my ex-husband Michael Winikoff, was recently performed in Liverpool, England.

Thankyou to all of the choirs and individuals who continue to perform my work. I will write more! I promise! Now we’re settled into our new home, composition has moved from the back burner to the front burner, so I’ll get in gear and get cracking! 🙂

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Confirmation of performances in Oregon…and another performance in Australia

It’s been quite a good year for performances for me, despite not having written anything for a while.

However, I’m back with my nose to the grindstone, trying out some new composition software (Noteflight), and there will be new works out in short order.

It turns out that Crescent Moon received several performances from the Central Coast Chorale in Oregon, USA. I was contacted by the choir, and received confirmation that the piece was performed on April 22, 23, 24 and May 1, and that the performances went well.

It’s nice to hear back from choirs, and to hear the music is enjoyed 🙂

Quite recently, and closer to home, Southern Consort of Voices here in Dunedin, New Zealand was scheduled to perform the piece Deconstruct a Chrysalis for which I wrote the lyrics and Michael Winikoff the music.

However, it has had to be cut from the program due to a very busy rehearsal schedule. The choir has performed the piece before, and we have hopes it will find time in an upcoming concert program to perform it again. I’ll let you know when that happens 🙂

One performance that is going ahead is a performance of the same piece by the Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival in June this year. The festival will be held in Canberra, ACT, Australia. I’m not sure of the concert date or venue yet, but once I am I will post the details here, so if you’re in the neighbourhood you can attend.

There’s another Composition Competition to be held by RMIT Occasional Choral Society in Melbourne later this year. I’ll be writing a piece for the competition, and yes, it will be performed – I hope! Once again, once I know the details of the performance, in which a variety of new works by emerging composers will be performed by the choir, I will post the details here. So watch this space!

Finally, here’s a lovely performance by the Laramie High School girls in Wyoming, USA singing my short piece, Mary Sings a Lullaby. Thanks for performing my work. Enjoy 🙂

And another performance of the same piece by Victoria Rengel:

It’s been a while…

Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve been blogging, and yes, I know it’s certainly been a while since I’ve published any music on CPDL.

I apologise – I’ve been busy. I think John Lennon said, Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans. He was right. Life has been happening, I’ve been very happy, and music just hasn’t…happened.

However, now that life is starting to settle down again, I’m getting back to composing, and it’s been nice. There have been a lot of ideas floating round in my head, and I’ll be writing some pieces with my ex-husband Michael, and my son, who is also a budding composer.

For me this is exciting, as it shows we’re creating a bit of a family tradition. I have hopes my son will be a much better composer than I am. I also hope he will support, as I do, the idea of free, freely-accessible music, available for all.

TO NEWS…

I suppose my biggest news is that, despite not writing anything recently, I continue to be performed worldwide. I am aware of several hundred performances last year, and about the same number in 2014, which shows there is a huge demand for free and easy choral music. I’m proud of this, and keen to continue to support free choral music.

My next goal, now I’ve been performed on all major continents (including Antarctica), is to be performed in space. If you’re an astronaut reading this, or you know someone on the space station, contact me! No, I’m not kidding 😉

In other news, the piece for which I wrote lyrics in association with Michael Winikoff, Deconstruct a Chrysalis, has been selected for performance for Canberra Intervarsity Choral Festival this year. This is great news, as the choir and venue (to be announced) promise to be world-class and yes, CDs will be available for purchase.

NON-COMPOSING NEWS…

I’ve finally got around to learning the ukulele! It’s a fun and easy instrument to learn, and I strongly recommend it, especially for those of us who sing a bit. I took a beginner course earlier this year, and now I’ll be taking an intermediate course in a few weeks’ time. If you are really unfortunate, I may even post a youtube of me singing and playing 😉

That’s it for now, but I hope to have a recording of Deconstruct for you after that performance, and I hope it goes well.

In the meanwhile, here’s a lovely new recording of “Crescent Moon” by Bell, Book and Canto in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA: