United Kingdom, London England
Most of Marc’s adult life has been dedicated to creating and developing a thriving tour operating business to some of the most wonderful and obscure parts of the world. The COVID pandemic has devastated the business, but, at the same time has provided an extraordinary opportunity to write and perform this symphony. Prior to this, Marc hadn’t written a note in his life and he feels strongly that it represents what can be achieved with the right degree of tenacity and the right teacher to guide and encourage.
Shifting Sands draws on a wide range of classical influences including Mozart (Confutatis from the Requiem), Stravinsky (The Rite of Spring) , Mussorgsky (Night on a Bare Mountain), Rimsky-Korsakov (Scheherazade), Holst (Mars and Mercury), Dukas (the Sorcerer’s Apprentice), Prokofiev (Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet) as well as popular influences such as John Williams (Star Wars), Pink Floyd (The Wall), King Crimson (Moonchild), and film music such as Midnight Express, Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia.
The music is shaped by Marc’s life-long passion for travel and exploration and has a filmic feel which has been inspired by some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes; from the shifting sands of Arabia to the endless plains of the Serengeti, from the wild steppes of Asia to the rainforests of Central and South America. This is a classical symphony for the new millennium, howling back in rage at the powers of creation as the dust settles after the pandemic.