David Lewiston Sharpe, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Music was in the family from the beginning. My Dad is a multi-instrumentalist – violin, saxophone, flute, clarinet, and a natural improviser, my Grandfather ran a dance band in the 1930s and my Great-Grandmother was a French-polisher for Berry pianos…

Charlotte Botterill, composer

I like to have a theme, or subject matter, for my piece either before I start, or in the very early improvising stages. This helps me shape my piece. I often use landscapes, both rural and urban, to inspire my work. Sometime I draw a picture of what the piece should look like!

Chris Warner, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? As a child, I was devoted to the piano and spent much of my time listening to all kinds of music, mostly from my parent’s eclectic music collection (everything from 60s novelty 45rpm records to New Orleans jazz, opera and…

Howard Skempton, composer

I am always seeking to develop my musical language. I hope it is flexible enough to adapt to a wide variety of circumstances.

James Paul White, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing? There was a piano at home, and at first I was simply entranced by the endless possibilities of the 12 notes and 88 keys. In the 80’s and 90’s I got into new wave and electronic music and started writing with sequencers and synthesizers in bands….