The concert is just a few weeks away now, and everything has been sent to the ensemble. Apart from finishing the piece and struggling with the parts, in the last weeks I've also been involved in some other activities related to the ECPDP, which are worth mentioning here:
- I interviewed Marco Pedrazzini from Icarus Ensemble. We had a nice chat over the phone - topics included Romitelli's music, the present situation of Italian music, this year's ECPDP, etc. I'm now in the process of transcribing and translating the interview, which will be published here in the next few days.
- A business seminar for the four ECPDP composers from British institutions took place at the University of Huddersfield on 3 October. The session was opened by Graham MacKenzie, who gave advice on the best ways to establish relationships with festivals. This was followed by a two hour workshop with Elaine Gould from Faber Music, who gave us a lot of precious feedback on our scores and parts. The day was concluded by Nikki Cassidy, who discussed different approaches to self-promotion, mainly through the web. The whole seminar was chaired by Heidi Johnson.
- Some other good news: I've been contacted by the University of York Music Press, who offered to publish the scores written by the four UK-based ECPDP composers. I've also been asked to help with the Romitelli concert that's going to be played by Icarus on the 24 November: this is an honour for me and will definitely be the icing on the cake after the premiere on the 23 November!