The culmination of a long association with pianist Matthew Mills, Bagatelles represents some 30 years of piano music by British composer Bernard Hughes.
November’s guest editor for The Sampler is musician, teacher and writer Alex Burns. Below she introduces herself and her contributions for this month.
My name is Alex Burns, and I work as a freelance musician, teacher, arts marketing professional and writer. I am currently based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, however I originally hail from Luton. I am a recent graduate of The University of Sheffield, where I spent three years studying for a BMus in Music and then for an MA in Musicology. A massive thank you to Sound and Music for asking me to be the guest editor of The Sampler for the month of November!
A lot of my work stems from my award-winning classical music blog https://classicalexburns.com, which was founded in 2015 as a side project to my studies at university. My aim is to make classical music accessible for all, through blogs that combine facts, opinion, musical thought and analysis to create thought-provoking reading for anybody with an interest in classical music. I have a keen interest in new music, and so for one of my contributions to The Sampler, I have conducted an interview with Sheffield’s finest contemporary composer collective – Platform 4.
During my time guest editor of The Sampler, I would like to shed light on some of the forefront contemporary classical music composers. My event picks and playlist also reflect this theme, and will hopefully offer a flavour of what my life is like as a freelance musician.