It was a lovely surprise to see I’d been named by British Independent Film Awards as one of their Top 5 female composers, alongside Nainita Desai, Anne Nitiken, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch and Penelope Trappes.
Ready for Pride month, there is a new trailer for March for Dignity, the film I finished scoring earlier in the year. It will be shown as Tbilisi’s contribution to Global Pride , a worldwide online event in place of pride marches, on 27 June.
I have several tracks on the newly released Cinematic Choir albums, produced by Cavendish Music. This was my first time writing production music, and it was such a great project to work on – I was really given free creative reign!
The music was recorded by the Latvian Radio Choir in Riga (I was on my composing residency at the Britten Foundation so listened in remotely) and by Shards in London.
The release consists of three albums — Odyssey, Rituals and First Contact. For the latter I composed Gold on the Horizon and Floating Hordes, where I layered various phrases and motifs, sometimes digitally manipulated, to create eerie, otherworldly textures and atmosphere.
My new piece, Black Leaf, commissioned by Kamilla Arku and Dhyani Heath, was due to be premiered by the duo in Cambridge in May, with further concerts in London and Paris. Instead they performed a wonderful online concert, Kamilla from Berlin joining Dhyani from Productions Chez Nous in Paris. In a varied programme Kamilla and Dhyani performed a sampler of the piece, beautifully playing movements II and IV. Black Leaf will be presented in its entirety when it’s possible to have live concerts again —
Black Leaf is inspired by the photograph above, taken by my Australian friend Antonia Baldo, who found these leaves on her doorstep one morning — a sign of the approaching Bush fires.
Just before lockdown I finished the music for a fantastic new feature documentary, March for Dignity, directed by John Eames. The film follows a group of activists trying to organise a Pride march in Tbilisi, Georgia, where they face constant and sometimes dangerous opposition.
For the score I recorded live trumpet, strings and drums.
I’m thrilled to say that the Hebrides Ensemble will premiere a new work for string trio, Green Deva at St Magnus International Festival in June this year.
I started some sketches for this piece last year, a version of which became a movement in my Approach piano suite. Now I am developing and extending the piece for string trio. Green Deva is inspired by the painting of the same name by my late father, Benjamin Creme and depicts the green devas, or angels in Esoteric philosophy.
The Hebrides Ensemble will perform the trio in St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, as part of a varied programme of 20th and 21st century music, including works by Judith Weir and Penderecki.