Since moving to Cornwall in 2004, the landscape near my home has been a relentless source of inspiration for my work as a composer. Locations such as the old mine workings at Botallack which appear in my video ‘Elly’s Theme’ through to the unspoiled cove at Porthgwarra, as featured in the video ‘Nancy’s Garden’. My music has been broadcast on the BBC, Classic FM and Sky TV.
I love the solitary nature of being in the landscape, feeling the seasons change, and listening to nothing but the sound of the wind and waves, accompanied by the call of the gull. It is here that my creative spirit is ignited. Just as one of my favourite cakes needs to be left alone to rise and bake in the oven, music and ideas need time to ferment in my mind, and when they are ready, they will pop naturally into my thoughts.
‘Sue Aston is an extraordinary violinist and composer who takes us on a journey through one of Britain’s most beautiful locations, from the fun filled Cornish celebrations of a midsummer Saturday afternoon in Penzance with Mazey Dazey, to the dramatic Storm Cat, with Mowzer the cat, with Maria Heseltine providing the vocal, attempting to bring forth calm as the veritable tempest brews.’
‘Sue Aston’s music has featured on many television programmes and radio stations, but to me, the one thing which counts above all else is her intimate connection with Cornwall and the Cornish’. Michael John Chappell