On 25th February, the first edition of The Notations Project was launched at Whitgift School’s Piano Day. 24 young pianist composers were split into groups of 6, each having a 40-minute session with curator Alexander Soares.
Using the first two of Boulez’s Notations as a starting point, the students then had the rest of the session to compose and practice a miniature composition. The only requirements were to pick a character or image, and keep the pieces to one line in length. After a final general session to rehearse their pieces, the students each performed their compositions in Whitgift’s concert hall on a beautiful Steinway Model D. An incredibly rewarding day, with a lot of fun had by all!
And the best title of a student composition (in my opinion…) Ordered Chaos !
Thanks to all who took part, and in particular Mrs Whitfield and Mr Lane at Whitgift school for their support.