People compose for many reasons: to become immortal; because the pianoforte happens to be open; because they want to become a millionaire; because of the praise of friends; because they have looked into a pair of beautiful eyes; for no reason whatsoever.
Robert Schumann (via leadingtone)
So many reasons. For myself, I have another reason… the energy of young people in my life.
In my day job at Sydney Children’s Choir, we have a whole lot of different choirs named after composers that have written music for kids over the years. This term is the first term of the Whitwell Choir, named after yours truly, and they make their performance debut tomorrow singing a song that I co-wrote with their peers in the Stanhope, Atherton and Twist Choirs last term. (Those choirs are named after Paul Stanhope, Michael Atherton and Joseph Twist respectively).
Today in our final rehearsal, the kids were so so great. Their sound was energetic and muscular, their diction clear, their storytelling compelling… and they’re all only 8-9 years old!
Truly. It’s made me wonder… what if adults always performed with this kind of energy? Imagine how amazing it would be!