A huge congratulations to Four Oaks Cluster Choir, who on the 22nd February 2015 won the annual Manchester Amateur Choral Competition.
We sang three songs - Winter Sings Her Song, London Medley and With Or Without You.
After announcing us as winners, we sang With Or Without You again, and you can see the video of that performance below.
Don't get me wrong, I'm actually a huge fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber. A lot of people seem to look down on his music, dismissing it as clichéd and 'safe'. In some ways, of course, it is. But that's because the general public like simple melodies and clichéd chord progressions.
There is nothing new nowadays. It doesn't matter whether you look at literature, art or music - pretty much everything has already been done to some extent. In Western music there are only 12 different tones; and so only a limited number of variations! I'm pretty sure every 'recent' melody you name can be already found somewhere within the wealth of written music generated over the last 500 years or so.
The video below is a tongue-in-cheek poking fun at ALW, performed live in a village pub. Originally written and performed by Kit and the Widow, with a few adaptions and additions by myself.
~ The first few notes of Love Changes Everything from Aspects of Love are identical to the ones from JS Bach's Fugue in E Major (Well Tempered Clavier Book II).
~ The super famous chromatic riff from The Phantom of the Opera is almost identical to the one in Pink Floyd's Echoes.
You can download the sheet music (PDF) and have a listen to my jazzy piano solo WALK IN THE MOONLIGHT below. About grade 3 standard.
There was a great double-page article in September 2013's edition of the Journal about Four Oaks Cluster Choir.
Finally got round to making a piano tutorial for the main theme from the movie 'Carrie' (1976):
I've uploaded videos of piano solos and compositions to YouTube for a few years now, and had a few requests for tutorials. I decided to make one today for Pink's Just Give Me A Reason, and hope to make more in the future. My next will be the theme tune from Carrie, which is often requested!