Julia Copus’s publications include The Shuttered Eye and In Defence of Adultery, both Poetry Book Society Recommendations. Her work has won many prizes, including an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award, and a Hawthornden Fellowship. In 2002, she won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition with ‘Breaking the Rule’. Her afternoon play for radio, Eenie Meenie Macka Racka was winner of the BBC’s Alfred Bradley Award for best new radio playwright. This year she has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem of the Year, 2010. She tutors regularly for the London Poetry School and the Arvon Foundation (most recently with Roger McGough), and is an Advisory Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter. She is currently working on her third collection.
Antony Copus is a freelance musician and composer. He studied at The Royal Academy of Music, and before turning to composing he performed as a horn player with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has played on a number of recordings and film soundtracks, as well as performing with a wide range of artists, from Tony Bennett to Pavarotti. Antony was for several years Director of Music at a school in Berkshire, before deciding to concentrate on composition. He now also runs OpusCopus, a website specialising in downloadable accompaniments. Recent compositions include a setting of Hartley Coleridge’s Long Time a Child, premiered in Winchester cathedral and The Landlord’s Cat, written with Julia Copus and published by Out of the Ark.
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Audio information The audio tracks were recorded specially for the Sing Up programme by West London's Children's Choir, mixed and mastered by Nic Rowley at Vandborg Studios. The backing track was used by permission of Antony Copus.
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