Variations for Judith: Win a Signed Copy!

Variations For Judith

One recent discovery whilst searching for repertoire for an article I wrote last year, was this wonderful little set of pieces written for Judith Serota, and presented as a leaving gift when she left her role as Executive Director of the Spitalfields Music Festival in East London. The collection was the brainchild of composer Diana Burrell, and it contains pieces written by a collection of illustrious composers; Richard Rodney Bennett, Michael Berkeley, Diana Burrell, Anthony Burton, Peter Maxwell Davies, Jonathan Dove, Stephen Johns, Thea Musgrave, Tarik O’Regan, Anthony Payne, and Judith Weir.

Each piece is based on “Bist du bei mir” by G H Stölzel arranged by J S Bach, hence the title, Variations, and they are perfect for students who want to explore Contemporary music idioms. Around Grade 4 – 7 standard (of the British examination boards), students and amateurs will love their accessibility. You can find out more about these works in my original blog post here.

I have one copy, very kindly donated by Judith, and signed by the first performer, concert pianist Melvyn Tan, and also by Judith herself, to give away to one lucky reader. To take part in this competition, just leave a comment in the comment box at the end of this post, and Judith will select a winner on Monday.

Judith Weir is composer of the week on BBC Radio 3 from Monday March 30th, and her contribution to the collection, To Judith, from Judith will be featured. You can enjoy Melvyn Tan playing a selection from Variations at various concerts halls around the UK this year. Enjoy his performance of the whole set here:


My publications:

For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.

You can find out more about my other piano publications and compositions here.

19 thoughts on “Variations for Judith: Win a Signed Copy!

  1. These are a great and accessible way to include contemporary music into a students repertoire. I’d love a copy.

  2. Whoever designed it is clever. Vibrant attractive colours would entice me to buy it !!! 😄🎶🎹🎼📖📖📖📖

  3. Lovely, would make a wonderful addition to my sheet music library. Also would be such a wonderful collectors item. Love to collect autographs.

  4. What an intriguing collection of contemporary music! It’s a wonderful way to explore different, and perhaps unfamiliar, idioms and styles.

  5. What an inspirational idea of Diana Burrell’s; I have many adults students who will love exploring these wonderful compositions.

  6. I’ve worked many years as director/vocal coach with a boy choir, one of whose standard repertoire pieces is “Bist du bei mir.” It’s been a joy to be able to introduce the boys to this lovely piece, and I would treasure the set of variations as a delightful way to explore even more of the pieces enduring charms.

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