Our study score is “The Planets” by Gustav Holst. First performed in 1918, not only did “The Planets” establish Gustav Holst’s international reputation as an important British composer of the 20th century, but it provided the template for a whole generation of film music. From “Star Wars” to “Star Trek” and beyond, Holst’s approach to the orchestra is ubiquitous in contemporary scoring.



Ravellians Suad Bushnaq, Margaret Tobolowska, Adrian Ellis and Doug Wilde will lead a discussion on one of the rarely talked about but universal truths of life as a freelance creative person – for most of us, it is a lifelong rollercoaster of ups and downs, too much work or no work, phone ringing or phone silent, that takes its toll on our faith that we will be able to last as creators. Many have made the difficult choice to leave the security of a paycheque to follow their passion, and some only wish they could.

This discussion is not about how to find work, it’s about how to survive the triumphs as well as the insecurity and self-doubt that come with being a freelance creator in the current environment.
Amin Bhatia  has generously prepared a survey of all of his favourite (and not so favourite) recordings of our current study score “The Planets”. He will entertain and enlighten us during the first hour – COME EARLY!



NEW ADVENTURES IN LISTENING – Film clips from “On The Waterfront” and “Ryan” are posted on the “Study Materials” page for download. With the sound removed, they can be scored as an exercise, and brough in to “Adventures in Listening” for feedback and analysis. Adventures in Listening is a unique opportunity to get unbiased and honest feedback on your ‘in-progress’ or experimental work from a community of your professional peers. Because it is anonymous, it is a risk-free environment.  Whether you are an emerging composer or an experienced one, and whether your work is for concert or screen, I encourage you to take advantage of this invaluable resource.

Many of you are actively performing musicians or are composers with TV shows or films containing your original scores. If you would like me to mention upcoming concerts or showtimes, please see me during the first hour, and I will make the announcement during “Adventures in Listening”. This way we can get the word out while preserving the relaxed and casual atmosphere that we have created at Toronto Ravel.
We need your helpWe know that Toronto Ravel is viable, but we need to ensure that it is sustainable. There are 2 ways you can help;  First, by spreading the word to your friends, Facebook friends, colleagues, etc., and by passing around the links to our videos – the links are below. Also – you can volunteer a bit of your time and be part of the Ravel team.  We need people who can assist with publicity and promotion to work with Janal Bechtholt in spreading the word.  Please email if you can lend a hand. 
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          Producer Larry Weinstein talks about Ravel
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