My compositional work had great support this month as I was privelaged to have a residency at The Red House, formerly the home of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. I stayed in Cosy Nook, the cottage of Nellie Hudson, Britten and Pears’ housekeeper. It had a beautiful acoustic, and I was nourished regularly by the mulberries and blackberries from the garden.
I worked mainly on a group of pieces for voice, oboe, oud and ‘cello that I am developing in collaboration with film artist Lin Li. I am also attempting to incorporate the udu, a drum traditionally made by and played by women in Nigeria. Our broad theme is Regneration, and we are each engaging with found objects, revocalising them and reimagining them in a changed world.