ANZVS Viola Composition Competition

20130310 ANZVS Composition Competition 543 This weekend I was one of three adjudicators for the first Australia and New Zealand Viola Society Composition Competition - that's a mouthful. There was a fantastic 24 entries that covered two categories, works for solo viola and works for two or more violas, and a young composer category.

The standard was wonderfully high and most of the compositions got a workshop at this weekend's Auckland Viola Convention which was fantastic.

The results were:


  • WINNER: Callum Blackmore (Auckland) after the storm will come a sleep
  • RUNNER-UP: Josiah Carr (Auckland) A Combination of Contrasts


  • WINNER: William Jeffery (Newcastle) Short and Suite


  • JOINT WINNER: Roman Benedict (London) Four
  • JOINT WINNER: Chris Artley (Auckland) Ah Waiheke

Thanks to my fellow viola-playing-adjudicators Michael Vidulich and Greg McGarity and to Neil Shepherd for the photos.

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This is how you're supposed to look while listening to music.

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2011 through the eyes of a blog

And just like that, another year is gone! Here is a look at my posts for the year. thinking web picThe blogging year started in March with my favourite book arriving, "Behind Bars", which I preordered in 2010. It is definitely the most used book on my shelf! I then talked about two approaching projects:

In April I introduced my new work, "blimp", and reviewed two projects - a song I helped a friend create and my work at the BOP music school:

May was a busy month, so in June I talked about what I had been up to - writing 31 microscores and the premiere of "blimp":

In July I posted the video I worked on with Sideways Productions:

In August and September I covered my involvement in the KBB Music Festival and some composition tutorials that I held in Kerikeri:

October was the kick off of the Rugby World Cup here in New Zealand, I talked about my involvement in the opening ceremony and also made a post about what exactly I do when "preparing music" and why you would need someone like me to do it:

December means Christmas and I posted some Christmas carols that I prepared for my students. I also composed a new "holiday" piece for my Christmas post:

Happy New Year everyone, bring on 2012!

Christmas carols for violin and viola

christmas-ornament-03Christmas is getting close and no doubt you are in the mood to play some Christmas music or your students are asking for some! Recently I collated and edited 17 Christmas carols for my students to play through this season. The carols, in order, are:

  • Angels we have heard on high
  • Joy to the world!
  • O little town of Bethlehem
  • We wish you a merry Christmas
  • It came upon the midnight clear
  • O come, O come Emmanuel
  • O come, all ye faithful
  • Jingle Bells
  • O Holy Night
  • Away in a manger
  • God rest you merry, gentlemen
  • Silent Night
  • While shepherds watched
  • Hark! the herald angels sing
  • Once in Royal David's City
  • We three kings
  • The First Nowell

There is a version for violin and one for viola and can be read without trouble by younger students as well as providing a lot of enjoyment for more advanced players. They are set clearly on each page along with dynamics and bowing where required.

You are welcome to download either copy (PDF document) and enjoy playing or passing on to a student or friend.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas.