We did it!
I can't quite believe that we did it! How utterly amazing! Thank you so so much to all of you who supported my work in this 'Crowdfunder'. I am grateful beyond words.
The one project — the Canticle — is already half completed, and I am delighted that, during the last couple of weeks, there has been some further strong interest in bringing that piece to performance. As for the other: on the strength of the initial progress of this Crowdfunder, 10 days or so ago I had a long conversation with the poet, John Greening, discussing my ideas for the proposed song cycle with violin, The Sighing Poplar. Our discussion proved so fertile for John that just four days later he sent through the first draft of the poems for the cycle! I am particularly taken, at the moment, with a wonderful tribute in the cycle to Vaughan Williams. John and I will be discussing the drafts over the coming weeks, refining the shape of the cycle, before I start working on the music in March or early April, after have completed the Canticle and a big editing project also in hand.
Collaboration with other artists is a wonderful privilege. With Euan’s extraordinarily powerful Canticle text, and the touching and provocative landscapes of the newly arrived Poplar poems, fresh from John’s mind, these two projects are proving especially fertile. So thank you to all who have supported this Crowdfund appeal, who have made these collaborations possible. I can't wait to share with you the fruits of our labours.
Many, many thanks to all.
P.S.: John Greening’s tribute to Isaac Rosenberg, a poem titled ‘Dover’, has been featured as this week’s Times Literary Supplement ‘Poem of the Week’. Do have a look. It is a short poem, but it has great depths in which one can lose oneself, caught in the undertow beneath its surface: https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/poem-week-dover/
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