This month over 150 musicians from in and around Cambridge have taken up the ‘Grade-one-a-thon‘ challenge. That is, they’ve heroically volunteered to learn a completely new instrument up to the level of Grade 1 in one month, taking the exam at the end of February. By collecting sponsorship they have already raised over £20,000 for the Spinal Injuries Assocation (SIA).
I’ve been asked to write a short piece for the full orchestra, which is set to include a hundred or more players, including 14 horns and 7 harps. I finished it last week and all the parts were sent off this weekend. It was certainly fun to write and I hope it’s fun to play. I can’t vouch for what it’ll sound like, though!