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This concept work in four parts for piano, strings and electronics is a critical commentary on the state of society and humanity, portrayed through a combination of music with poetry and still images. The title Drowning can be interpreted both literally and metaphorically, an action as a reaction to disillusionment, or the feeling of being overwhelmed with negativity towards society’s current trajectory.


Movement 1: The Decision

The predominant theme of isolation is mirrored by the different media being presented independently. The imagery and poetry are not reliant on the music and vice versa, allowing the audience to engage with this optional supporting material on their terms.


Movement 2: The Act

Musically, the concept of isolation is born out through the use of bare octaves and silence in The Decision, and the economy of musical material in The Act and Panic, which is juxtaposed with electronically enhanced soundscapes and washes of reverb.


Movement 3: Panic

The closing chapter, Acceptance, acts a resolution to the turmoil. It begins with a solitary cello and distances itself from the electronics which permeate the previous movements. This newfound peace and clarity is realised through the use of close-mic recording techniques, as opposed to the ambient microphone capture of the preceding sections.


Movement 4: Acceptance

Listen to Drowning here.

Eastbourne’s new and exciting Composers Network are following up their acclaimed and sell out “Without Borders” concert with a second concept performance “With Memories”. The concert brings acclaimed young Harpist Alex Rider, London’s Modulus String Quartet and The New Network Singers to The Birley Centre in Eastbourne on Saturday 9 November.


With Memories” includes World premieres by Eastbourne based composers, Melody Woodham, Clive Whitburn and Tim Laverack alongside music by the renowned Paul Lewis and other living composers.


Composers Network aims to entertain and bring high quality and beautiful new music to fresh audiences. In this performance the musicians explore issues to do with dementia. As it says on their poster “Dementia doesn’t discriminate and neither should we”. Profits from the concert will go to Memory Lane, a local charity which provides social activities for people with dementia and their carers.


Composers Network’s first concert, “Without Borders”, raised over £1700 for the charity Migrant Help and was described by reviewer Robin Gregory as “Breathtaking and Wonderful”. The network promises that “With Memories” will be equally uplifting.


The concert, organised by Composers Network, is at The Birley Centre, Eastbourne, on Saturday November 9th at 7.30 pm.


Tickets: £14, Under 18s: £10, in advance from https://www.composersnetwork.co.uk and on the door, subject to availability.


Modulus Quartet will be returning to the spectacular Thames Tunnel Shaft at the Brunel Museum to perform works by all living composers: Connor D'Netto, Malcolm Lindsay, Eliot Lloyd Short, Roger May, Maria Moraru and Melody Woodham.


Melody’s latest piece for string quartet was commissioned by and written for Modulus Quartet. Titled “Ondulata” - the Italian word for "Undulating" - the form of the piece mirrors that of a wave, which rolls in gently and grows into a complex entity of syncopated rhythms and intertwining melodies before rolling out again as a familiar but transformed version of itself.


If that all sounds rather unnecessarily complicated, put simply, it is a piece of reflection and transformation, which also happens to have a tonne of charming attitude.


Tickets from: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/modulus-quartet-brunel-museum-tickets-59074760198


23 May 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Brunel Museum, London, SE16 4LF

Brunel Museum (Underground concert venue)

© 2019 by  Melody Woodham