Author: Andrew

Fluid Pictures

In a 2002 interview featuring several eerily prescient observations concerning the future of the record business, David Bowie noted that music was ‘going to become like running water or electricity’. Almost chilly in its matter-of-factness, this was a vision of…

Trusting the Unknown

Tom Stayte is a photographer who has seemed to realise that digital culture has triggered enough of an avalanche of images without him needing to add to the pile. With the internet now less something that we use than live, it’s curious to look back from the privileged viewing position of the here-and-now at the way ‘cyberspace’ was thought about a couple of decades ago.

That uncertain feeling

Stepping back from the seemingly endless noise of uncertainty, misinformation, myth and downright fibs about who, what, where and when someone is permitted to photograph, it’s very difficult to get away from the thought that lots of photographers would be…

So farewell then, Ray Manzarek

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Sometimes an introduction becomes as famous as the piece that follows. The dramatic chords at the beginning of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto…

Musical highlights of 2012

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Just before we consign 2012 to the cutting room floor, here are some musical highlights – as chosen by members of…

Improvising Mozart …

The harpsichordist George Malcolm once told me how he had been given a stern rebuke by a world famous maestro for filling out the continuo line whilst performing JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion. The gist of the complaint was that…

Night Music

This post features music composed by Edinburgh based music student Jamie Dunnett.  He writes as follows. “Night Music was written specifically for OCA tutor and professional flautist Carla Rees to play at the composition workshop in November 2011. The brief…

Musical highlights of 2011

Just before we turn off the lights and lock the door on 2011, here are the musical highlights – as chosen by members of the OCA music team. Duncan Druce:  For about a decade, each June, I’ve been spending a…

Learner Support Scheme launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of an enhanced Learner Support Scheme.   Trustees have set aside a budget of up to £15,000 in each financial year to underpin this important development. The new scheme will ensure the continuation of…

Singalong melodies? Surely not…

I was in Grange-over Sands the other weekend. In keeping with its somewhat old world charm, it has a bandstand where live music is performed on summer Sundays. It had to be relocated from a previous site near the railway…

The Messiah meets Purple Haze

Music composition – and indeed other – students may be interested in an event on Saturday 4 June at 2:00pm in London.  Harpsichordist Jane Chapman will be performing a selection of new pieces for harpsichord and electronics by composition students…