Jórvíkekkoer

The Ryedale Festival opens today up in North Yorkshire. In anticipation of the appearance of my group 'æðelfrìth' next week on Friday 24th, this is a synopsis of an original piece that I have written. It is one of four new pieces that will get either a world or UK premiere in our programme. See this link for concert and ticket details.  … Continue reading Jórvíkekkoer

The p-Lur project – Part 4: it’s all coming to a head

The distinctive feature of the Scandinavian Lur is undoubtedly it's dimpled head. This is the bit that makes it recognisable as a symbol of ancient Denmark, and likens its appearance to something in the B&Q bathroom catalogue (where is the temperature control on this thing?). I learned recently that these instruments are also known as a 'gjallarhorn', or … Continue reading The p-Lur project – Part 4: it’s all coming to a head

The p-Lur project – Part 3: Bending it like Brudevælte

It's been a while since my last post on this topic, and that is because progress has been a little slow, and writing about it has had to come second to getting it finished! However, it is now near enough done and being played in rehearsals for the premiere of my new piece for æðelfrìth: brass quintet, being … Continue reading The p-Lur project – Part 3: Bending it like Brudevælte

The p-Lur project – Part 2: Raspberry Pi

I've spent most of today blowing raspberries down a piece of pipe. This is actually what I do for a living, but today it has mostly sounded like that was what I was doing. Normally I'd hope it sounds a bit more like music. Today, it has all been a bit different: Since the first post on this project, … Continue reading The p-Lur project – Part 2: Raspberry Pi

The p-Lur project – part 1

This is my first post on what will be an insight into my latest project; the p-Lur. Since demand for Lurs is probably not that great, this is more of an experiment for personal satisfaction than any kind of commercial venture. However, I am currently writing a Viking-inspired piece for my group æðelfrìth which I hope … Continue reading The p-Lur project – part 1