A SHROPSHIRE LASS GATHERS SPEED!
Work on A Shropshire Lass has been moving at a cracking pace! Mary Webb's poetry is just full of music waiting to be written down.
And Michael Matthews Guitar confirms that it's playable!!
Click on Holly and Matthew's names to visit their websites.
Watch Martin Bussey talk here about this new project exploring themes of Time, Love and Loss
Discover more about Mary Webb here
Watch Martin's other Time-focused theatre piece Timeless Figure here
THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL PREMIERE!
July 30 2021 saw the premiere of Floreat Coll. Reg. commissioned and performed by Matthew Schellhorn at Worcester Three Choirs Festival
Read what Matthew and Martin have to say about this new commission here
Go to Composers Edition to view Martin's music for piano and organ including Floreat Coll Reg & links to other works.
Listen to Martin playing his piano music, including Shocklach Sketches here
A BROTHER ABROAD
Pinner Festival premiere success
The first performance of A Brother Abroad at Pinner Music Festival was deemed a resounding success by the festival organisers and an appreciative audience on June 12 2021.
The commission celebrated 700 years since the dedication of St John's, Pinner by Bishop Peter of Corbavia.
The Festival's Director says:
'The performance was a triumph, with the superb and finely crafted score being widely appreciated for the way it brought the person of Peter, his faith and his time to life.'
A Brother Abroad sets a vibrant and spiritually charged text by Anthony Pinching.
Click here to hear Martin and Anthony discuss the work.
The next performance is planned for Chester in 2022.
The score is available now from Composers Edition
Read more about the dynamic performers at the premiere by clicking on their names:
Marcus Farnsworth, baritone
Emma Halnan, flute
George Strivens french horn
Chris Brannick, percussion
The new collaboration with photographer Laurel Turton
'A 45-minute tour de force...imaginative writing for marimba, clarinet and viola...some striking textures...the vocal line being expressive and singer-friendly yet highly wrought.' - planethugill.com, 2020
BEHIND THE COMPOSER
A life of music, words and gardens
Nourished by the borderlands of England and Wales
Creating music theatre, choral, vocal and instrumental music in a converted Methodist chapel
‘The outstanding Mary’s Hand’
'The writing is linear, finely wrought and daringly spare'
IN NO STRANGE LAND
BBC Music Magazine
'This disc of choral works by contemporary composer Martin Bussey is glorious...Shimmering sound'
THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY
'An enthralling piece which makes a philosophical exploration of dreams and reality'