We are now well into the COVID-19 worldwide lockdown and everything has changed for everyone.
On a personal level, like every other self-employed freelance musician I find myself without any income. But so has everyone else who is self-employed.
I was due to play at the World Harp Congress later this year, then various concerts in Australia, stop over in Hong Kong on the way back home. Tour with the RLPO in Japan and South Korea... but it seems all quite meaningless to have lost gigs, when one of my relatives partners mum is currently extremely ill with COVID-19 and it looks like she won't make it.
Health is more important every time. And we will all get through this. Together.
I'm extremely lucky that I have a house with a garden, and with a house full and no private music room I've re-fashioned my garden shed into a little harp hut so I can have some privacy. I am very grateful to have this space as I know so many must be really suffering during this lock down in crowded and unsafe relationships.
It's difficult to make sense of it all, but it's interesting that after 1 week into a nationwide lock down, that the emotions have so quickly gone from shock, upset to resignation and acceptance. Amongst all that is the comfort to be drawn from absorbing yourself in something that you are passionate about. In my case, music and playing the harp.
So with that in mind, here is the first of my Lock Down Shed sessions...
I always put total commitment and energy into every harp project I do, but I don't always get paid! Any support you can give is very much appreciated.
My goodness what a week! It's been a little while since my last blog on here mainly because life has gone a bit crazy, but I shall try to get back into more regular posts again...
In the meantime, I have a new CD being released on Friday this week on the Avie Records label, and it's currently Album of the Week on the digital Classical Radio station - Scala Radio. The announcement by the PRS Foundation that I have recently been selected to their Women Make Music scheme to commission a new work for harp ensemble (more about that HERE) and to top if off I'm having a private Album Launch this Friday evening and I'll be interviewed by Simon Mayo on his show on Scala on Friday morning.
This has been a HUGE project, not only doing the recording, getting a deal with Avie Records, but also composing 8 of the tracks on the albums.
I only started composing in 2018 and I'm not quite sure where 'that' has all come from, but it's been a bit bonkers and taken up any spare time I have, hence the neglect of this blog!
Lots of public thank yous are due for the completion of this album project.
To Rob Buckland for the most amazing recording - it's not easy to get a good sound recording a harp and he has done so beautifully and really captured the essence of the lever harp. Amazing recording, engineering and mastering.
To my ever patient family for being really understanding over the past couple of years when I've been physically present but mentally absent whilst composing.
To my husband, Andy Scott, who is the most amazing composer and has been so supportive and encouraging of my delving into the compositional world.
To all my wonderful harp students, for being a constant inspiration - you are all amazing!
To all my friends and colleagues in the harp community for being really encouraging and supportive of my music.
To Avie Records for producing such a beautiful physical CD. The artwork, production and attention to detail has been amazing. I'm so pleased with it!
You can listen to the playback on Scala Radio for one week online HERE
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