Each commission has its own challenges, this may be linked to a brief. It often feels like you have to learn composing anew for each piece and that’s tough
work ever so hard, be kind-hearted and humble but have the confidence to have your sound, your voice and your identity
Be true and make music you enjoy yourself. Sometimes it’s harder to achieve than one may think, but it’s definitely worth it.
When composing for film, it’s a challenge because you are writing music that has to satisfy both yourself, but most importantly the film director. The music needs to tell the story and the film is so dependent on the music to do this.
Composers John Metcalfe (Factory Classical, Morrissey, The Pretenders, Catatonia, Blur, Peter Gabriel etc) and Simon Richmond (Virgin Records, REM, Pulp, David McAlmont etc) have taken inspiration from Dorset’s ancient stone circles to
Working with particular musicians means you can compose tailor-made pieces specifically to them – one hopes this will lead to a piece that is of greater enjoyment and fulfilment for them but also, is a greater success overall