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…

Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser, performer, improviser & composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music and who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career? The biggest influences in my childhood were my mother and grandfather’s love of classical music. My grandfather was essentially my father growing up and we would spend a…

Andrew Hamilton, composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I remember, around the age of six, finding an old cassette of Beethoven’s Emperor concerto and by the end of the first two minutes thinking “yes, I’ll do that!”.  Hearing it thirty seven years later still brings back that feeling of wonder that any…

Stephen Emmer, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I improvised on the baby grand in my mothers ballet studio and didn’t realise what I was playing until my mother said that was Beethoven… this triggered my appetite to try and become ‘something in music’ at the age of…