Good news, everyone! Ensemble Françaix are set to perform my latest composition – Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon in a concert hosted by Zinia Chan, K. Travers Eira, and your humble-blogging-host, Sam McLean. The concert will feature the recent works of Zinia, Travers and Myself on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in the Hanson Dyer Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Southbank, 7.30pm.

“It is humbling to listen to musicians who love performing music as much as composers love to write it, that is why it is a privilege to work with Ensemble Françaix, an ensemble who put so much into their playing” – Sam McLean.

We rehearsed Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon for the first time today and it was just incredible to hear the music performed. What was also nice was that the trio had only rehearsed it once before meeting and they were already well on the way to bring the music to life! The notation I had written was logical to follow, even the sections that I thought may be tough to count seemed to be no problem for them which was encouraging. I really think the audience is in for a treat on Wednesday!

Rehearsal today at the Conservatorium.

Ensemble Francaix are: Nicholas Young – piano, Matthew Kneale – bassoon and Emmanuel Cassimatis – oboe. You can check them out here;


My piece ends with an extended piano passage and the way that pianist Nicholas Young interpreted it was nothing short of spectacular. I wrote that passage in memory of Cyril Scott, a pianist and composer who I pay great homage and admire deeply, so to hear the music played with immense sensitivity and expression really did make me happy. If you would like to have a listen to the MIDI mock up then the check out the audio below. If you are interested in performing this piece yourself the please feel free to leave a comment and I can make the score and parts available.

If you’re free on Wednesday then come along and have a listen to some new music by my composing-buddies and Myself! Until next time, stay creative 😀

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