This composition started off as a piece for piano. My inspiration to compose it came from hearing James Galway playing ‘Annie’s Song’ by John Denver on the flute. After listening to it over and over again and falling in love with this song, I decided to try and compose my own short piece for piano, using the main melody as my starting point but altering it to make it my own. A good friend of mine suggested that I should try composing it for an orchestra, and I thought why not? I can always try and see where it takes me! Over time, I came up with new ideas, creating new rhythms and experimenting with them on different instruments. I wanted to ensure that all parts of the orchestra played the main melody or important themes at some point during the piece as I wanted to share out the parts as equally as possible.

I’m very pleased with the way it has worked and despite the school orchestra having only three short rehearsals, I think that they played really well. I would like to thank Mr Johnston for allowing me to have my composition performed by the school orchestra and I’d also like to thank the orchestra for taking the time to rehearse.

Thank you also, to everyone who came to watch the performance and for those of you who couldn’t make it, I hope you enjoy listening to the recording!

Download the MP3 Recording of 'Plum Blossom'.

Rebecca Swinton (S6)