Two Eardley Pictures: Catterline in Winter and Snow – Helen Grime shortlisted for Large Scale Work sponsored by PRS for Music

February 28, 2017 in safnm2017 by mwhiteside

Helen Grime

  1. How did the piece come about?

The piece was a joint idea and commission from the BBCSSO and NYOS. The idea was for the pieces to be linked in some way as well as having a Scottish connection. It really appealed to me as I played with NYOS for several years as a teenager and have also worked with the BBCSSO previously. I wanted to write something based on different scenes of the North Eastern coastal town catterline, by Joan Eardley, an artist I’ve been very fond of since chinlhood.

  1. What is the most exciting aspect of writing for full orchestra?

The limitless possibilities!

  1. What other projects do you have on the go at the moment?

I am writing a new orchestral work for the LSO and a song cycle for Wigmore Hall. A small part: ‘Fanfare’ for LSO will be premiered to open Sir Simon Rattle’s first season, with the whole work being premiered in April 2018. The Wigmore cycle is for Feb 2018.


  1. What is the piece that you would most like to write?

Something really immediate, yet also subtle, complex, striking…it doesn’t matter what for. I’m always striving to write this piece but I expect I might never quite fully get there. It would probably be a large orchestral piece or maybe an opera, although there are no opera plans at present!