The Unhappy Aardvark
Delighted to announce that the Unhappy Aardvark (QT23) now has it's own Facebook page! Do follow and let it know of any performances!
Here's a wonderful performance of the Unhappy Aardvark by an Italian Quintet (available on Amazon) I've no idea how true to the original text this is, sounds like they've added an awful lot! But it's done with real panache!
Thought we'd feature 'Clarinet Basics' this week as the new edition has just been published. The content remains the same, but the layout has been much updated and is full of fun Simultaneous Learning activities, a wordsearch and even a crossword!
I've also written some very comprehensive teacher's notes, which will be available as a free download from the Faber website very soon. Hope you like it!
Delighted that 4 chocolates are now on the new AB Flute syllabus. Hazelnote Crunch or Toffee Tango on Grade 3. Caramel Carousel or Fudge Fandango at Grade 5. All can be heard below. Do let me know your favourite.
Of all the possible images, situations, stories (and anything else that pieces might be based on) perhaps the most attractive is food! And within that category it's chocolate that probably takes the biscuit!
When my friend the great flute teacher and player Sally Adams asked for a new collection of pieces a few years ago the idea of basing them on what you might find in a Chocolate Box came in a flash. I had a lot of fun writing these, and there are some interesting connections to be found among them - the Faure Sicilienne and a Joplin-like rag for example. And the necessary research was, of course, delicious.
This work was commissioned by The Orchard Trio (flute, oboe, piano) for their tenth anniversary and subsequently recorded by them on a celebratory CD called 'Decade'.
Whilst not particularly programmatic these pieces represent the spirit of Summer - warmth, golden colours, and cheerfulness.
Buckingham Concerto No.1 for 2 oboes & 2 clarinets
I wrote the first of my five Buckingham Concertos (for two oboes and two clarinets) for a group of very enthusiastic pupils who had performed both the Vivaldi works for this combination and wanted another one!
Each concerto is for soloists, strings and one extra instrument to add colour and character - in this case, it's a harpsichord. The three movements follow the basic shape of a Baroque concerto.
This completes these recordings of the 5 Buckingham Concertos. No 5 is being performed at Stowe School later this term. I hope these recordings might inspire others to take one on – they are ideal for school use – tuneful, accessible and audience-friendly! The solo parts are usually around Grade 8, and the orchestral parts are about Grade 6.
Paul Harris List of Works
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Educational Series (Grades 1-8)
Educational series: Improve your Aural!
The very thought of aural, especially in examinations, strikes fear into the heart of many young pianists and instrumentalists. But aural should not be an occasional optional extra, it's something to be developing all the time, because having a good ear will help you to improve as a musician more than any other single musical skill.
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Diary & Events: September 2013 onwards
Date Thursday 30th January 2014 (All day)
Date Saturday 25th January 2014 (11.15am)
Date Wednesday 22nd January 2014 (22-23rd Jan)
Date Friday 3rd January 2014 (3-5th Jan)
Date Wednesday 18th December 2013 (11-3pm)
Date Tuesday 17th December 2013 (9.30-12)
LocationCardinal Vaughan School, Holland Park
Date Tuesday 17th December 2013 (1.30-4.30pm)
Date Sunday 15th December 2013 (6pm)
LocationHartwell House nr.Aylesbury
PlayerKathryn Knight, Bethany Phillips
Date Thursday 12th December 2013 (12-14th Dec)
LocationWoodside Hall in Hitchin
Date Friday 6th December 2013 (3.30pm)
LocationSt Anne's School, Caversham
Date Sunday 10th November 2013 (Evening)
Date Saturday 9th November 2013 (All day)
Date Friday 8th November 2013
LocationUniversity Church, Oxford
Date Wednesday 6th November 2013
Date Tuesday 5th November 2013 (9.15)
Date Wednesday 30th October 2013
Date Sunday 27th October 2013 (10.00)
LocationCherwell School, Oxford
Date Saturday 26th October 2013
LocationWells Cathedral School
Date Tuesday 22nd October 2013 (9.15)
Date Saturday 19th October 2013
LocationRoyal & Derngate Northampton
Date Thursday 17th October 2013
LocationCheltenham Ladies College
Date Tuesday 15th October 2013 (9.15)
Date Sunday 13th October 2013
Date Wednesday 9th October 2013 (4.30pm)
LocationRatcliffe College, Leicestershire
Date Friday 13th September 2013 (Afternoon)
Date Thursday 12th September 2013 (All Day)
Date Wednesday 11th September 2013 (9-11am)
Date Friday 6th September 2013 (All Day)
Date Wednesday 4th September 2013
Date Wednesday 4th September 2013 (7.30pm)
Date Tuesday 3rd September 2013 (Morning)
Date Tuesday 3rd September 2013 (Afternoon)
Date Monday 2nd September 2013
Malcolm Arnold Festival 2013
"I think of music in terms of sound"
Sat 19th - Sun 20th October
A celebration of Sir Malcolm's great music across many of his most popular genres, including music from the movies, ballet, music for children ensemble music and an especial focus this year on his concertos.
- Purple Dust (iii) O'Killigans lilt
- Scherzetto For Clarinet & Piano
- Suite Bourgeoise: Movement No.5
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