Saturday 29th September 2012 has to go down as one of the most exciting days in my composing career!
I had submitted a short piece for viola and string orchestra called "Landscape" into the competition - and for the first time ever I was short-listed.
It was a great pleasure to hear the piece played with great skill and expertise by Martin Outram, member of the Maggini String
Quartet and professor of viola at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Oare String Orchestra under the capable baton of Peter Aviss and led by Robin Morrish.
Marcus Blunt with his Concertino piece deservedly won the judges' prize, but I was bowled over to win the audience prize and the prize awarded by the orchestra.
Not least among the pleasures of this day was the opportunity to
meet John McCabe who had been invited as one of the judges.
I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of Stephen Dankner, the third short-listed candidate, and his good wife after
the concert and was much impressed with his achievements and success inthe USA.