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What a wonderful bird the frog are!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Aug 21. 6 Replies

I came across this in Brewer's Famous Quotations yesterday and haven't stopped chuckling since - so thought I'd share it with you all.What a wonderful bird the frog are! When he walk, he fly almost;…Continue

Bramshill Concert Rondo

Started Aug 1 0 Replies

I have recently 'polished' this piece because it was initially composed in a great hurry (i.e. "Do you want it good or by Friday" syndrome). It was premiered by the British Police Symphony Orchestra…Continue

New Adagio for Strings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Jun 29. 13 Replies

Here is a just completed piece in contemplative mood that may be considered a mite romantic in places. Any suggestions or recommendations will be considered very seriously. In the past I have taken…Continue

Adios! La Alcaidesa

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Jun 6. 16 Replies

Originally this was composed for Spanish Guitar with Castanets accompaniment. Receiving feedback from a CF expert (i.e. Socrates) it seems that the guitarist would have to grow another couple of…Continue

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Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion How to get comments on your music
"Hi Graeme, Very good advice from Gav here. I'm sorry I haven't commented on your piece but I have a fairly hectic life and have to pick and choose with care what I listen to. I loathe it when people just listen to bits of my own works…"
Sep 18
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Notation Composers - Publishing Opportunity through "ScoreBank"
"I know it's early days but are any of these 'published' scores actually generating sales yet?"
Sep 7
Stephen Lines replied to michael diemer's discussion Non- Jazz Use Of Saxophones
"You quote some good examples that demonstrate the versatility of the saxophone family and how well they can fit into the orchestral mould. I think the tenor sax is a great jazz instrument and the sax family is at the heart of a good dance or swing…"
Sep 7
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"Gav, magically a terrific donation of $110 has been received and I have a sneaking feeling I know who made it (don't answer that). However, I'm sure we are all delighted that CF will continue at least for another year (hopefully for the…"
Sep 7
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
Sep 5
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"I’m sorry you have a ‘thing’ about sharps and brass instruments - perhaps if you were an orchestral player you’d have a different view - I personally don’t see this as a problem - more of a solution to creating the…"
Sep 1
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"Gav, Just how many admins are there...I have always been under the impression it’s just you? As you know, I’ve already contributed twice this time around but am willing to donate a bit more if necessary. There seem to be a number of…"
Aug 31
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Why not? I’m looking for effect, not comfort. Would you like to play the 1st trumpet part up a semitone?"
Aug 31
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Off course you may, Kevin. What do you want to know?"
Aug 31
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"As a young French horn player I was 'volunteered' to be the drums man in our small dance band. At the end of each gig we played the (British) National Anthem which is preceded with a long snare-drum roll - there were so many bones in my…"
Aug 26
Stephen Lines replied to Bob Morabito's discussion 22 of the best insults in classical music
"By comparison we on CF appear to be very kind when reacting to each other's music - mayhap we have more sensitive egos than in days of yore!"
Aug 25
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Quaoar for Brass Quintet
"Incidentally, having not come across the word before, I now see that Quaoar is a planetoid that lies beyond Pluto's orbit in the solar system. All that high stuff might have the brass players suffering from a different type of 'oid'.…"
Aug 25
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Quaoar for Brass Quintet
"There are some very pleasing sounds here Gav - everything hangs together nicely. There are a few pointers specifically relating to brass that I'd suggest. Generally, unless you're aiming for a special effect, avoid leaps greater than an…"
Aug 25
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"I agree entirely and am sending another small donation to help things along - hopefully more members will donate before the week's end. I too would be willing to pay a small monthly subscription to help CF survive."
Aug 25
Stephen Lines replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Senex puerum
"There are some general rules on composing for voices that constitute 'good practice' and it's those to which I refer. That said, however - rules are made to be broken aren't they - but only if you do it intentionally. Just out of…"
Aug 24
Stephen Lines replied to Neil Wighton's discussion First Post and Composition on Composer's Forum
"Welcome to CF Neil - I hope you enjoy this site as much as I and many others do. This is a very atmospheric piece with some evocations of Galapagos-like occurrences and wildlife (in my mind's eye at least). Are you self-taught or have you…"
Aug 22

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Hampshire, England
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 attended the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall as a Pupil in 1967-68 studying french horn under Alf Cursue - Alf was a specialist 4th horn player and a member of `God`s Own Quartet` which included Dennis and Aubrey Brain. On completion of the course I was appointed principal horn of the regimental Band of the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment. I again attended Kneller Hall (as a Student Bandmaster) from 1975-1978 after which I was appointed Bandmaster of 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment. Just 6-years later, because I perceived Army music at that time to be undergoing a rapid decline, I took voluntary redundancy.

After retraining I was appointed a member of the Directing Staff at the British Police Staff College (Bramshill) where I became responsible for running Simulated Operations Training of senior police officers from around the world in Critical Decision-Making Under Stress.

Whilst associated with the Police I studied for a Masters Degree in Police and Criminal Justice Studies and an Honours Degree in Psychology. Subsequently I was recruited by the Defence Evaluation Research Agency - now called QinetiQ - where I worked as a senior consultant within the Centre for Human Sciences.

I now compose full time in various genres but see myself in future concentrating on orchestral music and writing for the french horn - a second concerto has recently been completed.

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English Folk Song Suite No.1 & American Folk Song Suite No.1

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 2:14pm 2 Comments

These have been published elsewhere on CF but I thought some members might be interested in (and perhaps comment on) the contrast and appeal of these two arrangements. The American piece has been improved somewhat thanks to Bob Porter's input, for which many thanks.




Richard Wagner

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 7:47am 2 Comments

Richard Wagner's answer to a question was: "9 - W"

Can any of you bright sparks out there stretch your minds and tell me what was the question?


String Quintet/String Orchestra Op.2 No.1

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 10:12am 0 Comments



I have recently had the above composition reviewed by Paul Smith, Bob Porter and Per-Erik Rosqvist. They have made some very pertinent comments which I have taken on board with this latest…


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At 4:52am on August 10, 2019, Gav Brown said…

Sent personal e-mail address to your cf inbox

At 8:32am on January 22, 2019, Timothy Smith said…

Thanks for taking me onboard!

At 9:38am on May 1, 2016, Ingo Lee said…

Hi Stephen, you're right about needing friends, but friends with talent and helpful ideas like yours are especially welcome, so thank you for that!

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Glad to.
It was a good recommendation.

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