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🔒 Royal College of Music: Music and Ideas

Dear Patrons, Hello, I hope you are well and 2023 has got off to a good start for you. I’d

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🔒 Composer Growth? A Rambling

This month has been really revealing for me in terms of how my artistic intersectionality impacts me as specifically a

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🔒 A Transport of Delight

A fragment of a live performance using guitar and Ableton electronics.

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🔒 January Update

Happy (belated) New Year Patrons, I hope your 2023 is off to a fantastic start!  I’m really excited to share

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🔒 An important memory

Doing my tax return and going through old diaries lets me relive – whether I want to or not – my past mon...

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🔒 What I’m currently up to, and an insight int...

The realities of composing a part of a busy life.

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🔒 What’s in a name? Part 2

A slightly different format to the last update (text and audio rather than video), but on a similar theme – nam...

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🔒 The Music Patron Q&A

A series of interviews with our Music Patron composers talking about their musical inspirations and what life as a co...

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🔒 The pianist meets the composer?

I’ve loved music directing / performing in Ruination at Royal Opera House. In addition, I really fell in love with

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🔒 Mini-update a.k.a. A teenage composer in a grown-u...

More on that string trio… Shh! Don’t tell anyone 😇🤫

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🔒 Festive Update

Hey Patrons,

I hope you enjoy this festive update.

Best wishes

Ayanna x

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🔒 The Music Patron Q&A

A series of interviews with our Music Patron composers talking about their musical inspirations and what life as a co...

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🔒 The Music Patron Q&A

A series of interviews with our Music Patron composers talking about their musical inspirations and what life as a co...

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🔒 The Music Patron Q&A

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🔒 The Music Patron Q&A

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🔒 Boredom Grinder: A Playlist

A nine song tour through my musical tastes: songs that energise, inspire, surprise and confound me. Gay church folk m...

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🔒 The Music Patron Q&A

A series of interviews with our Music Patron composers talking about their musical inspirations and what life as a co...

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🔒 The Music Patron Q&A

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🔒 The Music Patron Q&A

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🔒 What’s in a name? Part 1

Hello, Here’s the first in a series of videos talking about how the music relates to the title in some

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🔒 Playlist of Inspirations

I thought I’d make a playlist of music that has shaped me as a composer and musician over ...

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🔒 Pre-Christmas Update.

Welcome to my Pre-Christmas Update.

In this update I’m sharing a few music clips from my forthcoming Ban...

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🔒 My composition process for a recent London Sinfoni...

I wanted to take you through the thought process and working method of how I write for commissions.

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🔒 The earliest of drafts!

Who knows if this will survive the night?! I’ve been asked to write a string trio for a concert next

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🔒 It’s a premiere night 🤩

About to make my way to the premiere of a song I wrote with Laura Attridge; here’s a little about

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🔒 It’s been far far too long…

Hi All!!! I hope you’re all well. I’m sorry it has been such a long time since I’ve posted. It’s

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Invitation

The joy of working with water in its various forms – waterfall, river sea, rain and dewdrops. I am currently

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🔒 Imaginary Flowers: A Sketch

  My mum’s a painter. After decades of not picking up a brush, she started painting again 10 years ago. She’s

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🔒 Preparation for recording session

A quick video update about some of the preparations for my upcoming recording…

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🔒 Wodwo – single release tomorrow!

Hello! Just a quick note to say that wodwo, the first single from my upcoming album terra firma, will be

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🔒 Supersonic Mirth 🎄

I saw a call-out for Christmas Carols and figured it presented me with a good excuse to write another one.

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🔒 LSO Percussion Commission Update

Hey Patrons,

I have an update for you on my LSO Percussion Ensemble Commission in this v...

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🔒 Queer Intelligence

An audio postcard about a new sound design and composition commission: featuring Chelsea Manning and a cryptic voice-...

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🔒 A New Camera Setup for My 60th Birthday.

I will be updating with more directly music-related posts very soon, but in the meantime, there’s this!

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🔒 Wildflower

‘Wildflower’ – a special commission that has made my childhood dreams come true 😍

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🔒 Using live electronics in improvised concerts R...

Recently I have been experimenting with incorporating live electronics into my improvisations. I have gradually built up...

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🔒 New work update

Hello Patrons, A little video update about some of my recent work (sorry, I forgot to put it in landscape

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🔒 Replugging in my creativity

Returning to London having conducted and arranged a baroque opera left me quite out of touch with the boundary-free s...

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🔒 A new opera?

I’ve been thinking about some ideas for a new opera I want to write, and thought I’d share a few

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🔒 New LSO Commission (Percussion Ensemble)

Hey Patrons,

I’m delighted to let you in on the very early creative stages of my new commission from the...

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🔒 More Exciting Organ News

In this update, I talk about the initial stages of composing a new body of organ music for Thomas Mellan and where I&...

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🔒 Recording of “Outside” with commentary

Dear Patrons, I hope you’re well and coping in this extreme weather we’ve been experiencing. My opera is set in

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🔒 I’m back from the depths of Arrangerland (so...

Just me chatting to the camera in a heat wave about everything I’ve been up to preparing for opening our produc...

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🔒 What do you think about my new musical experiment?...

A brand new compositional journey for me blending my Indian heritage with my British home and life, How does it sound...

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🔒 Sneak preview – Ultima Thule

I’ve just received a recording made by the brass department of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of a short pi...

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🔒 Rehearsal for new project

  For a while myself and the performance artist George Final Ramsay have been trying to find a medium to

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🔒 Special live show next week 🤩🎵

Special live show next week 🤩🎵

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🔒 The Blue Woman Rehearsals

What I’ve learnt during the Blue Woman rehearsal process…

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🔒 Introduction

A short introduction to my plans for my Music Patron posts and other content over the coming weeks and months.

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🔒 My garden in June – exclusive preview

Hello! I’ve been gradually compiling new improvisations for an album that I’ll hopefully be releasing later ...

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🔒 FAIYA! – London Symphony Orchestra @ Trafalg...

Hey Patrons! I have a new update for you about the premiere of FAIYA! commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra.<...

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🔒 Singing in Porto and Oz

Had a glorious trip to Porto, Lisbon and now soaking the sunshine in the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Concerts, composi...

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🔒 International collaboration: Thomas Mellan and the...

In this update, I talk about my latest international collaboration with Boston-based Organ maestro and amazing all-ar...

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🔒 Work in progress – incarnadine (Patron only)

I’m making a new live performance version of incarnadine – become a patron to find out more abo...

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🔒 Bits of Me: Video 1

The first in a series of videos where I introduce myself to you properly. Here is a behind the scenes video of me and...

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🔒 Music Patron Video Postcard May 2022 🎥

I’m writing because I’m about to go on a big adventure – one of the biggest of my life so far.

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🔒 Work in progress: The final performance of Mood In...

After the initial sketch ideas and the rehearsals, here is the the final performance of Mood Indigo and Footprints: To

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🔒 Work in progress: Arrangements for a concert on 26...

I have a concert coming up at the Vortex in London on the 26th May and I thought I would

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🔒 There she is!

She’s been opening a show! Here’s a sneak peak of what I’ve been up to, MDing Passion by Sondheim i...

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🔒 Mento Mood (for String Quartet) with Audio Comment...

Commissioned by the Ligeti Quartet for Cheltenham Music Festival 2018, Mento Mood is my first official piece for String ...

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🔒 Who do you think I am?

A little introduction to how I’d like us to write a little piece together…

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🔒 The Blue Woman- Production Meeting Insight

In this video I talk a little about the first production meeting for my opera, The Blue Woman, which is

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🔒 Thank you!

A thank you message for my supporters on Music Patron!

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🔒 Introducing myself + an audio commentary (recorded...

Audio commentary on my piece ‘Meltwater’, part of my upcoming TERRARIUM project which explores the micro-worlds w...

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🔒 Composer Commentary: i only bite because you make ...

Me chatting away about how and why my piece for piano synchronised to a perfect game of snake came into

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🔒 Welcome Patrons – Thank You!

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🔒 Thank you for supporting me

Thanks a lot for supporting me through music patron. I’m going to be uploading lots of interesting behind the scen...

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🔒 The Score for Ishtar

Ishtar Full Score This is the full score for my piece Ishtar

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🔒 Audio Commentary on Ishtar

In this commentary I talk through what I was thinking about and trying to musically achieve when I was writing

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🔒 Thule – music with audio commentary

Here’s an audio commentary on Thule, a piece I made last year:  You can listen to the track without commentary

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🔒 Thank you!

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🔒 Teaser for a future album track – exclusive ...

Here’s something that came out of a long working session a few days ago. It’s work in progress, but I’...

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🔒 Thank You For Becoming A Music Patron! 🎥

A short video welcome, a thank you for your support, and a sneak peak at my home studio.

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🔒 Music, Painting, Landscape and Me: An Autobiograph...

Back at my favourite local Beech tree, I’m talking about the Arts Council England DYCP funded book I’m cu...

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🔒 New Piano Piece and More on Creative Survival

Here, I present more detailed information about one of my current composition projects and again discuss the importan...

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🔒 New Projects and Patrons

In this video, I talk about a few of the new projects I’m currently working on, creative and financial survival...

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🔒 Welcome to Painting HQ

In this video, I give Patrons a mini-tour of my painting studio, the hub of my visual art activities and talk briefly...

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🔒 New Patrons – Thank You…and Welcome!

Thank you so much for your support. Here’s a little more on about how I am hoping to use this

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