I’m calling myself a ‘hobby composer’ because I write music for fun, rather than financial gain. I’m not dependant on earnings from commissions or sales of my music to survive, and although I find composition has its challenges I find it ultimately rewarding and enjoyable.
When I was a small child, I used to look forward to opening windows in a simple Advent calendar. Each one hid a tiny picture, depicting an object or scene connected with the Christmas story: perhaps a star, or a shepherd or the Wise Men. There were no chocolates or candies — maybe a verse from the Bible — I can’t quite remember.