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Meet EVC Music Composer Heather Hammond

Meet EVC Music Composer Heather Hammond

EVC Music is growing and with so many new names, I decided to write a weekly feature introducing to you each composer and the music she or he writes.

All this week, I am offering up to 50% off on Heather’s music for piano, clarinet and flute. To order the books, click on the link >.

To my knowledge, Heather Hammond has never written a tune that is not filled with the innate sense of happiness, groove or a swing. Heather is a prolific British composer with over one hundred books in Jazz and Pop styles for different instruments released by the various publishers during the past decade. Many of her pieces are regularly included in the Syllabuses by the major exam boards. 

From 2017, Heather’s piano pieces are also featured in the Elena Cobb Star Prize repertoire list for the British & International Federation of Festivals and starting from 2018, her works will be included in the Contemporary Composer category in several prestigious International piano competitions too. Read more about it in the next Newsletter.

60 Seconds With Heather
Dogs or Cats?
Dog
Bach or Mozart?
Both 
Composing at the piano or in your head?
Both
How old were you when you had your first music lessons?
8 years old
Morning person or night owl?
Changeable 
Favourite city?
York 
Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook
Workout or night out?
Night out
Tea or Coffee? 
Tea

… and now you know! 

Elena

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Elena Cobb Star Prize at the Prestigious Feurich Competition Vienna 2018

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I am delighted to share with you that piano works by various composers published by EVC Music are now included in the programme of the prestigious Feurich Competition 2018 in Vienna.

Elena Cobb Star Prize is a new and optional category for contemporary composers
Needless to say that as a publisher, I view this opportunity as a big honour and responsibility as historically, Vienna remains the centre of the European Classical music tradition and the opportunity for our compositions to be played in the settings of this great city fills me with pride. 
The winners of the Elena Cobb Star Prize category will receive a cash prize and will be invited to perform at the Winners Recital at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2019. The date will be announced soon, please sign up> for the updates. 
 
If you are a teacher, parent or guardian who is interested in entering your student or child to take part, please click on the link> to discover the performance repertoire list selected by the organisers. 
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Scottish Waters by Composer Donald Thomson Launch at Blackwell Bookshop Edinburgh

Donald Thomson Scottish Waters Launch EVC Music

EVC Music is delighted to announce that the third piano book by Donald Thomson Scottish Waters will be officially launched on October 14th at 2 pm in Blackwells Bookshop, South Bridge in Edinburgh. The composer will be performing all five pieces from his brand-new collection for piano as well as talking about the places which feature in the music.

The Scottish musician Donald Thomson is a talented composer. His inspiration comes from Scotland’s landscapes and seascapes, and his fans often describe his music ‘as a breath of a fresh air in the new educational repertoire’. The style of Thomson’s piano works is ‘Contemporary Scottish’ and the pieces in his three collections from the Celtic Piano Series –  A Borders Suite, A Hebrides Suite, and Scottish Waters – are all original compositions that are uncompromisingly steeped in the style and mood of traditional Scottish melodies: slow, lyrical ballads and quick, jaunty jigs and dances. Scottish Waters is available to order on our website at £7. To preview, listen to the piano works and to order please click here >.

We recommend reserving your free tickets for the launch event in advance –
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Recipients of the Elena Cobb Star Prize Awards at Carmel Klavier Piano Competition 2017

Carmel Klavier 2017

Many congratulations to the winners of the Elena Cobb Star Prize at the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition 2017 in the United States and I am looking forward to welcoming you all at the Winners Recital at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 5th, 2018.

Minerva Cao (USA)
Deva Sengun (Germany)
Victor Perez (USA)
Jude Fradillada (USA)
Julian Rodriguez (Colombia)
Lauren Lo (USA)
Christina Peng (USA)

A heartfelt thank you to their piano teachers who worked tirelessly on preparing the programmes, also organisers of the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition 2017 and especially to Irina Gorin.

 

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South-African Composer Johan de Cock Joins EVC Music

My Piano Trip To Africa Johan de Cock EVC Music

 

An Angry Fly for Piano Johan de Cock EVC Music

Johan de Cock Composer EVC Music
Johan de Cock Composer

I am delighted to share the news that South-African composer Johan de Cock has joined EVC Music and his brand new book My Piano Trip To Africa will be released later this Autumn.

However, to give you a taste of what’s to come, Johan and I are literally buzzing with excitement as one of the tunes from My Piano Trip To Africa is released today and it is called An Angry Fly. It is available as a digital download with a single user (£1.49) and a studio licence (£7.95) and can be previewed and ordered here – click >

Humorous and original An Angry Fly will be perfect for your young students at approximately Gr 1 ABRSM level who will be flying through it.

The rest of the piano works that will be included in this brand new and very exciting collection, as you might have guessed, will be based on Johan’s home country of Africa. We are working on this delightful collection of piano pieces for the enjoyment of your young students who are learning to play the piano.

Composer Johan de Cock was born in Namibia and grew up in sub-tropical Zululand, and the mountainous Cape Province in South Africa.  From an early age, Johan showed a great interest in all types of music, including the indigenous sounds of African drums and percussion, as well as Western art music. His first musical compositions were for plays at school, and Roman Catholic liturgical music. He studied classical piano, harpsichord and organ performance at the University of Stellenbosch (in the celebrated wine region), and afterwards, worked in Cape Town as a piano accompanist, arranger, and musical director for theatre and cabaret shows.

Since 2000, Johan lives in Brighton, UK with his wife and cat, where he teaches piano and theory, composes and records music, and organises a variety of musical concerts and events. Vist this website to find out more about Johan – click here >.

Sign up for our Newsletter to be the first to know when My Piano Trip To Africa by Johan de Cock will be released click here >

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Alanna Crouch Steinway Hall Piano Recital September 27th, Wednesday

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Please make a note of this piano event if you are in London on September 27th, Wednesday, 1.10 pm as Alanna Crouch, a 10 years old pianist with the exceptional musical talent will be giving a solo recital at Steinway Hall London. The programme will feature works by Bach, Schumann, Chopin, Bill Evans and also premiere several piano pieces by British composer Elena Cobb. 
 
Alanna Crouch lives in Romford, UK and began playing the piano when she was 3. Alanna is quick to let people know that she shares her December 16th birthday with Beethoven who, along with Gershwin is one of her favourite composers. Alanna performed her first Mozart piano concerto in Barbados when she was 5 and enjoyed the experience so much that she has jumped at the opportunity to perform ever since: from impromptu performances at local hospitals and the Street Pianos around London to more planned performances at competitions, music festivals and concerts at venues including Frank Collymore Hall in Barbados, Steinway Hall UK, Carnegie Hall. Her forthcoming performances include J. Hajiyev Centenary concert at St John’s Smith Square in November and Elena Cobb Star Prize Winners Recital at Albert Hall in April next year.

 

Alanna studies classical piano under Christine Croshaw of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and jazz under Tom Donald of the London Contemporary School of Piano and is a Youth Member and Protegee of the Chopin Society UK. When she was 7, Alanna sat the ABRSM Grade 5 Jazz and ABRSM Grade 8 exams and attained high distinctions in both and she became the youngest person to pass the DipABRSM when she sat it at age 8. When she is not playing music on the piano or violin Alanna enjoys Science, making figurines out of clay and drawing.
 
There will be no tickets for this recital but we recommend to book your seat as places are limited. Please email team@elenacobb.com now.