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Lloyd Coleman is a composer, conductor and clarinettist, who recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music. He's been a member of the British Paraorchestra since it was formed in 2012, and is now writing a major new piece for them. You can follow his progress here on this video blog.

Towards Harmony: 23 days to go

9 June 2015

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Today began with the 8.30 train from King's Cross to Peterborough, where I met with Kate Risdon, our brilliant flute player. I had promised her some pastries to go with our morning coffee on arrival - the Paraorchestra, like most bands, works best when fed with caffeine and cake... Kate has an extraordinarily beautiful bass flute solo half way through the piece, in partnership with our bassoonist Sonia. The bass flute is well over twice the size of its parent instrument, and the first time...

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Towards Harmony: 24 days to go

8 June 2015

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Book your tickets for Colston Hall on July 3 HERE So while the loud and proud celebrations at BBC Music Day have somewhat dominated things before the weekend, somewhere in the background I've kept up with my visits to various Paraorchestra members around the country. Firstly, there was Gemma Lunt, our extraordinary saxophone player, who I will be featuring in my last video blog later this month. She studied at the Trinity College of Music in Greenwich, where she now lives, and can make a...

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Towards Harmony: 25 days to go

7 June 2015

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Phew! What an intense (but hugely rewarding) few days since we last spoke. I've been in Bristol with four other members of the Paraorchestra for the BBC's inaugural Music Day on Friday. We joined up with hundreds of other performers from the city, including the brilliant OpenUp Music Orchestra, the Bristol Youth Choir and the City of Bristol Choir. The very lovely Victoria Oruwari from the Inner Vision Orchestra was also there, as were several local signing choirs, meaning it was a...

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Towards Harmony: 30 days to go

2 June 2015

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Book your tickets for the World Premiere of Towards Harmony on July 3 HERE My week of rehearsal madness continued apace today - I visited the wonderful Adrian Lee at his home in North London. I have introduced you to this magician of the guitar already on this blog, and I always enjoy visiting and rehearsing with him. Although I will freely admit that we are both guilty of becoming sidetracked with too many tea breaks and talking at length about our favourite music, instead of actually...

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Towards Harmony: 31 days to go

1 June 2015

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Book your tickets for July 3 HERE That's right - as announced in my last video blog - the world premiere performance of Towards Harmony will take place in Bristol's Colston Hall on Friday 3rd July as part of the Fast Fowards Music Festival.  I am only too aware that my presence on this blog has been somewhat sporadic over the past 12 months, so as the day draws nearer I aim to post as often as I can manage. This should bring you an insight into the rehearsal process we're going...

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