Summer Memories

Here is a video which features my music ‘Earth Sorrow’, from my album Sacred Landscapes.

The well-known guitarist, Gordon Giltrap, played midi guitar on the track, which creates a lovely atmosphere to the music.

The melody was one of the first pieces of music I ever wrote – aged 17 at the piano, after going through some turbulent teenage experience, no doubt! At least I turned it into a constructive piece of music when I was older!

Phil created the video by filming the bees busying themselves amongst the lavender in our garden recently, and the beach is our local beach at Perranuthnoe.

For the Love of Agnes – Work in Progress

I have extracted the piano performance of this new work in progress from the show it was featured in, about the ‘Tale of Two Giants’.
I thought it would be good to have it as a stand alone video, so here it is!

We are experiencing a heatwave in Cornwall at the moment – one of my piano keys has come unglued, and I’m waiting for the piano tuner to fix it – phew!

Thank you all so much for your fantastic support!

Sue x

Composer’s Notes – December 2017

Composers Journal December 2017

As the final month of the year draws to a close, and the cosiness and chaos of Christmas is now behind us, it seems a good time to reflect and take stock of what this year has brought.

It has been a busy year, filled with music performances and exciting opportunities. My string quartet did some filming for Sky TV and my duo was involved in the making of a programme for channel 4. We have performed at music festivals, corporate events and weddings. It is always a joy to play for people and to bring happiness to an event.

For my composing work, I have realised that a new album is needed! Thanks to the support and generosity of my patrons, I have been able to create a whole new album worth of new music! I had planned to release a new downloadable EP, but I think what people really want is a full length, physical CD to hold and to enjoy playing. It will include the tracks off my ‘Winter Keys’ EP as well as the tracks that were to be on my new EP, as well as all the music that I created on location for my ‘Diary of a Coastal Composer’ shows.

The support and belief that you, my patrons have given me is immeasurable. I am deeply grateful to each and every one of you. When times have seemed bleak, knowing that you are there, willing me to keep going with creating music has been an absolute lifeline, and a light in the darkness. Thank you. Here’s to a productive new year

Sue X

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Composer’ Notes – November 2017

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I love the month of November. Although many may find it to be a dark and dismal month, I revel in the icy sharpness of the air. To me, the expansive sky is at it’s most beautiful – a glorious palette of hues, varying in intensity from the delicate reds and golds at sunrise to the rich purples and petrol blue haze which signals the end of the day. Flocks of birds gather at dusk and cast a dark cloak of activity in the air.

Cornwall is at rest – solitary walkers immerse themselves in the peace of the coastal path, and dog walkers enjoy the vast space of the beach. November is a time to brave the elements and bask in the rich bounty of nature. It is a raw, naked perfection. The trees are a mixture of bare skeletons or a shimmer of rich golden leafed glory.

My music lends itself naturally to piano compositions at this time – ‘November Skies’, and ‘Mizzling Marsh’ are two atmospheric solo piano pieces inspired by this time of year. Birds, trees and skies are my most favourite aspects of nature – it is a time of uncluttered beauty.

Sue Aston

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Composer’s Notes – October 2017

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The essence of winter is in the air – the comforting smell of smoke tickles one’s nostrils when going on a country walk, as cosy fires in hearths are being lit.

The abundance of colourful pumpkins and squash are readily available as farmers proudly sell their exotic looking harvest. Warming soups and casseroles replace salads to revive and nourish us at the end of a busy day! Nature displays her glory in shades of burnished gold and ruby red. Hedgerows are alive and bursting with a bounty of berries to feed the wildlife. The metallic gleam of the sun reflecting on the sea and sand stirs the spirit, and the starlings begin to gather, which warms the heart with feelings of anticipation and hope.

It has been another busy month – my new EP is now in the stages of being mixed and will then be sent to London to be mastered. Next, I must choose a title and decide upon the artwork. It all seems to take a frustratingly long time! This month has led to another exciting filming opportunity, this time with my Duo, where we were asked to provide the music for a celebration at a manor house, which was the subject of a documentary for Channel 4! The opportunities which occur are so incredible, particularly as I live in a remote part of the country – but Cornwall is such a vibrant place, full of interesting and unusual events taking place.

As the nights draw in, there is much to look forward to – wooly socks and damson gin are the way forward to keep out the chill of the season!

Sue Aston

Sue Aston Composers Notes