Composers Notes Cornwall Sept 2017
Autumn is in full flow, and gorgeous golden leaves decorate footpaths, creating extra crunch and pleasure when embarking upon a country walk! Some days we experience an Indian summer, and on the south coast of Cornwall, the sea has the deep shade of azure blue, giving a Mediterranean feel to our often blustery Cornish coast.

It is a joy to visit the exotic gardens, which we are lucky to have here in Cornwall, during this season. Many are owned by the National Trust, and it is equally exciting to visit some of the country houses and their estates. Lanhydrock is one such place, and as well as an impressive stately home, there is a pretty church, and many lovely woodland walks. It is a delight to see colours still in the garden – from the deep pinks and purples of cyclamen, which gather at the base of trees, to anemones and ruby berries which are now coming to the fore.

My String Quartet was asked to provide the music for a wedding scene in a TV series recently! To say that we were excited, would be an understatement! We are currently sworn to secrecy – but all will be revealed soon as to which TV programme it is. It was such a treat for us to have our hair and make up done professionally, and to watch some famous actresses film some scenes. Absolutely thrilling!

I adore the work of the writer, Daphne du Maurier, and a recent trip to Menabilly, where she lived and where she wrote some of her novels was very inspiring. It was the inspiration for Manderley – the house in ‘Rebecca’. Menabilly is such an unspoilt location, the views across St Austell bay are stunning, and it’s so peaceful to scramble across the rocks and look out to sea. It was a special place for Phil, as it was a favourite place to visit when he went on holiday as a young boy, with his mum, dad and sister. We filmed a video when we visited, and added my ‘Remembrance’ piano piece to create the soundtrack.

I adore this season – with the misty mornings and cosy evenings – a perfect time to sit at the piano and create music. And on that note – my new EP will soon be finished – watch this space!
Sue Aston Composer Cornwall Sept 2017

Sue Aston

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