Alan G. Parsons (1931-2021)

We are sad to announce the death on 1 September 2021 of CNM’s co-founder, Alan G. Parsons, at the age of 90. Alan’s decades of work as a composition teacher, and promoter of new music in East Anglia, leaves a legacy of generations of younger composers who have forged their own musical paths. We takeContinue reading “Alan G. Parsons (1931-2021)”

Notes on the performances by Bespoke Brass at the Headgate Theatre on Saturday 13th July 2013

Alan Parsons, August 2013 This was billed as ‘Cutting Edge Brass’. Unfortunately many of the pieces included in the programme were anything but ‘cutting edge’ being rather on the conventional side of brass writing. However, the programme did contain a number of original and imaginative pieces for the medium, mostly from existing CNM members. TheContinue reading “Notes on the performances by Bespoke Brass at the Headgate Theatre on Saturday 13th July 2013”

Composers, Performers and Machines- An essay by Alan Parsons.

COMPOSERS, PERFORMERS AND MACHINES   During the over sixty years that I have been writing music one of the most important areas of change has been in the technical means available to composers as aids or additions to their art. For nearly fifty of those years, like most of my contemporaries, I simply used aContinue reading “Composers, Performers and Machines- An essay by Alan Parsons.”

Some Thoughts On The Colchester New Music Day 2011

    It never ceases to amaze me how a diverse group of composers, such as members of CNM, working in relative isolation, come up each year with such interesting programmes and how certain themes seem to emerge. Two things struck me this year: the contemplative atmosphere that informed much of the music, and theContinue reading “Some Thoughts On The Colchester New Music Day 2011”

Programme notes for all the pieces for New Music Day, Colchester 11th May 2011

Alan Parsons Three pieces for clarinet and piano These short pieces were written in 1953 when I was interested in the early works of Schonberg, Berg and Webern. Alan Bullard Bede, for soprano and bass clarinet Bede was written specially for today’s performers. It is a setting of a short poem by Anna Crowe, entitledContinue reading “Programme notes for all the pieces for New Music Day, Colchester 11th May 2011”