Sue Aston Composer Diary July 2017

The height of the summer – and one of the busiest times for me as a musician. Thankfully, bookings go from strength to strength for my Classical Strings Quartet, but I am mindful of keeping on track with my composing.

For some time now, I have been thinking of a new piece of music for my Patron, Edna. I had a number of different ideas, and finally I composed a Celtic piece for her on solo violin. I am looking forward to recording this music properly and expanding it.

Having lots of gigs this month has been wonderful for my love of food, with highlights including crab sandwiches and champagne courtesy of Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes when we played there for a wedding with my Trio! We sat overlooking the sea on the terrace, eating our food quickly before the wedding party arrived! Later that day, we performed at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay for a champagne evening! There was much music and food that day!

The British summer season kicked in proper when I performed with my Duo at a wedding at Pengenna Manor near Wadebridge in North Cornwall. The Bride was eager to have her ceremony outside overlooking the gorgeous Cornish countryside, but the rain persisted heavily. A game of musical chairs ensued, as we moved locations many times, ending up with us taking shelter under a marquee, while the happy couple finally made their vows under the gazebo. We were delighted when the caterers very kindly rewarded us with a large pot of steaming tea, sandwiches and cakes to warm us through and feed us up!

As a composer, most of my inspiration comes from being immersed in the landscape and enjoying the atmosphere of the seasons. The sunsets at the moment have an autumnal feel to them. I also find industrial landscapes thrilling, which probably harks back to my roots, when I grew up in the city of Birmingham. I used to love factories and chimneys as much as I adored being in the garden listening to birdsong. The old ruins of the mine workings at Geevor are quite striking and the brutalist urban cityscape which I looked upon in Bristol when on a train journey filled me with awe.

No matter where I am, I get pleasure and inspiration from my surroundings – especially if tea and cake are nearby to fuel my creativity!

Sue Aston Composers diary July 2017

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