British composer David Bedford passes away at 74

On a day of already sad news, I today received the news that British composer David Bedford passed away on 1 October at the age of 74. David was a remarkably eclectic composer of both classical and popular music, often melding disparate genres together in a seamless way. In some circles, he’s most famous for […]

Fastest-selling video game L.A. Noire scored in Sibelius

L.A. Noire “Main Theme” Andrew Hale by RockstarGames L.A. Noire, the latest open-world video game from Rockstar Games, has become the fastest-selling new video games property ever in the UK, and despite its development team being based in Sydney, Australia, the game’s period-inspired soundtrack was created and recorded in the UK, with a little help […]

Béla Fleck says: “Sibelius is my new best friend!”

Béla Fleck, world-renowned banjo player, Grammy winner and composer, is using Sibelius software to create his Concerto For Banjo, a work commissioned by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (also a 2011 Grammy winner!). The piece will premiere this September in Nashville with acclaimed conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, and will later be featured with several major orchestras as […]

Abbey Road anthem competition open for entries

To celebrate the 80th birthday of the world-famous studios in London, Abbey Road is staging a competition to find the next great choral anthem. Up to ten composers will have their original works recorded in Studio One, under the direction of Eric Whitacre, one of the world’s most popular contemporary choral composers. The competition will […]