By David Billinge
...for taking time to look at my website! I compose music, perform as a singer, I lecture, direct, and teach children as well as adults.Since the beginning of the restrictions I have been very active and finished my first Symphony, 'The Corona', in addition 5 studies and a Symphonia for Solo Viola in the Planetary scales, 3 Pieces for solo Piano, 4 duos for Violin and Viola, a full length Opera to Goethe's Fairytale 'the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily' and a piece for solo flute to the St. John's Imagination by Rudolf Steiner. The latter is being adapted for other instruments including solo piano and has been performed by Sigune Brinch in Eurythmy in August and November 2021.
At the end of a year of travelling and searching for my next step at age 20, watching the film 'Amadeus' gave me the inspiration to get into classical music and I knew immediately I wanted to become a composer. I have never looked back. I went on to study composition, piano and choir conducting in Hamburg, Germany from 87 - 93. The journey has been so amazing and still is. I enjoy working with people of all abilities and ages. Music touches our humanity so directly and for this I am very grateful.
I teach a range of musical instruments, primarily piano, singing and guitar and always strive to find where people are at in their self-assessment so as to move forward from that point. Teaching is a creative artform, and the elements of teaching are varied. So, in some cases a more thought based approach is necessary, in other cases a greater emphasis on improvisation is possible. I take my cue from the individual in front of me and seek to be as open as possible in my work.
As a composer I see the term contemporary as not limited to a few decades or even to my own lifetime. I see the changing fashions and trends to be greatly pushed by commercial interests, and so I try and balance my music between the aesthetic aspects of music that I am fascinated by, and what I see as the general capacity for untutored individuals to engage with and embrace certain musical experiences. I look at the offer in concert halls across the world and see that concert goers are very open to a broad spectrum of styles and genres.
"Though audibly a "contemporary composer", Brinch is never tempted to sound aggressively modern and interested purchasers are unlikely to be put off by the mainly lyrical nature..."http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2019/Feb/Brinch_spirals_v3_CC59966.htm