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Nativitatis - a festive quartet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Victor Eijkhout Dec 28, 2018. 6 Replies

I wrote this little piece for SATB but missed the boat in having our choir sing it this year. Playing around this morning, I found it works as a woodwind quartet instead (Cor anglais, Flute, Clarinet…Continue

Life - a piece for piano

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Morabito Dec 12, 2018. 10 Replies

This piece originates as a suite of works I've been creating based on the poems of my late grandmother. The original poems were never published (to be honest, some were just awful) but I used them as…Continue

Symphony No.1 - Timanfaya

Started this discussion. Last reply by Graeme Helliwell Nov 22, 2018. 9 Replies

I started writing this work back in February without ever expecting a complete symphony. Like the island itself, the music just grew and grew.At just over 40 minutes long, I don't expect many of our…Continue

The Liquid Lunch - an early piece from last year.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Morabito Aug 26, 2018. 1 Reply

Finally built up the courage to post an early composition. Thought my first foray into presenting some tunes should start lightly, so I offer you all a 'Liquid Lunch' on me.Quintessentially British…Continue


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Graeme Helliwell replied to Rich Townsend's discussion Two Resolutions - comments please!
"As a singer/chorister (Bass), it would really help to have a score to see where the breaks are. What size of choir are you looking at? Notewise, it sounds fine, but I'm not sure about the management of dynamics. 'mmm' sounds are not…"
Jul 29, 2020
Graeme Helliwell replied to Nigel Campbell's discussion New composition including a felted piano
"Lovely ambient track. Can add anything to the composition, but i did enjoy the overall sound. The piano was very mellow, as you were aiming for, and the light strings gave a relaxing balance. Just what I needed to start my day, thanks"
Jul 29, 2020
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion "DANCING" CONTEST - VOTE HERE
"I'm sure there's no way to regulate it, but voting for your own work is inconceivable in my humble opinion. What's the point of entering yourself if you can't accept that another composers work is better than yours? It defeats…"
Mar 9, 2020
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest - “Dancing”
"Count me in. It's months since I've created a new piece. Will enjoy the focus. P.s. it's good to be back.."
Jan 10, 2020
Graeme Helliwell replied to Valerio Dalla Ragione's discussion My first symphony
"My first request is for you to repost as 4 mp3 files so that I can listen when I'm out and about. It's a work that clearly requires multiple listening in order to fully appreciate the sheer scale of the piece. My second request is for you…"
Oct 25, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Eirik Gisnås's discussion Ghost of Tom
"Very nice indeed. Nothing particularly new or innovative in it, which is a strength for this piece. The production is great, very atmospheric, realistic and satisfying. I wonder who Tom was...."
Oct 1, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion How to get comments on your music
"Steven, I will take time over the weekend to represent the work for you, and others. By coincidence, or good luck, a lot has since happened to the music since I first put it up."
Sep 19, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"Just back from annual leave to find the fundraising is making progress. There's 30 from me in the pot, and very happily given as well. This is a great site and deserves so much more support. Thinking about it, I wouldn't mind if we had to…"
Aug 12, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"I'll happily donate if it keeps the site going. I have no objections if you need to find a cheaper provider, and possibly have to change the layout if it's a necessary consequence. Whilst I don't post much, I am an avid reader and…"
Aug 6, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion Imaginary Machines Contest - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
"Well done to everyone who took part and thanks for those who voted and commented, across the competition. It was a hard choice to choose my own favourite this year. Everyone had something unique in their work and I remain envious of the talent…"
Jul 19, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest "Imaginary Machines"
"Make it three Gav. I'm in."
Apr 24, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestra Sample, Feedback Sought
"Hi Gav Nice to see you playing with a larger ensemble. I like the general sound of this. No idea where it's going but it really invokes (in my mind anyway) a wander through a gallery or a dinner party with a load of different images, smells and…"
Apr 12, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Stanley King's discussion Nebula
"I could listen to this all night. In asking, where does it go from here, I think it's already on a journey. You could easily fill another 20 minutes of delightful ambient sounds, with or without a huge dynamic range. I suspect you have the…"
Apr 12, 2019

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical, contemporary folk
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Northumberland - UK
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I have been performing for many years, on and off, in both classical/choral settings and the folk circuit.
In the last year, I realised it was the right tie to put some of my own ideas to paper/audio and began the unexpected journey that I'm now on.
Feeling no firm commitment to a style or format, ensemble or solo, my early works have embraced a range of musical snippets which have wetted my appetite for more.
I'm here, on this forum, to share, learn and enhance my own work, whilst offering ideas and encouragement to others.

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At 8:31am on July 15, 2018, Gav Brown said…

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