Composition feels like a bit of a journey! I don't think you ever feel like you've 'arrived' - I followed York with a Masters at the RCM, then a fellowship there and various teaching and admin jobs alongside taking every opportunity I could, and trying to set up my own stuff. Things just sort of progress bit by bit, piece by piece, some of it controlled by other people who like what you do and some of it self-driven - so for me the move into writing electronics/pop alongside my other work came because I missed that side of writing and performing.
Running the new music group -Getting to play clarinet in some amazing orchestral and contemporary pieces - Discovering strengths and weaknesses I hadn't been aware of -Making amazing friends and some brilliant nights out.
Self sufficiency and breadth. I think being a music student at York encourages braveness, initiative and staying true to who you are. -being surrounded by inspiring composers - doing their thing with different aesthetics and voices and an open minded environment for writing and musical discovery. The ‘practical project’ is a brilliant thing - I think the practical skills of putting on a performance is totally invaluable for every composer
I wish I'd been a little bit braver, worried a little less and made even more of every opportunity.