Composition student creates From Home

Nicholas Olsen

Conservatoire PhD student and composer Nicholas Olsen is using the current lockdown as the driving force behind a new project entitled From Home, which is comprised of a series of pieces inspired by his own thoughts and feelings around isolation.

From Home is a collection of new pieces composed during the COVID-19 period. Each piece is either a one to two-minute miniature for a solo instrument, or a virtual duo especially written for each performer to prepare and record while in self-isolation.

Nicholas said: “Each piece is based on a personal feeling or reaction to isolation and the project as a whole acts as a reflective journal of my thoughts through the composition of new music.”

The videos and scores are being collated and are available through Nicholas’s website, on YouTube, and other social media, with more added as they are created.

Nicholas is looking to hear from anyone who would like to collaborate on the project. He added: “It would be good to hear from people who would be interested in collaborating – it’s a great way to keep a sense of our community while we’re all apart.”

Anyone interested in collaborating can contact Nicholas by email.

Pictured: Nicholas Olsen, photo credit Robert McFadzean.

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