Hello Bob,

I've created a private page just for you highlighting why I think I would be the right person to write a score to Whirligig Woods. I've also included a demo that I was inspired to write after hearing of this project.

Why me? 

I was born and grew up in North Carolina. I loved every part of my childhood, from trips to the beach and mountains, to the fair, to the farmer's market, and to the small country towns that makes North Carolina so special, amongst many other things.

When I first heard that there would be a park not only built in North Carolina but also celebrating all it has to offer, I became very excited. The idea of an intimate, family-oriented park in a beautiful setting such as Saxapahaw is a lovely image.

My family and I have always enjoyed visiting theme parks, particularly Disney. What we found to be so special is the atmosphere that exists when all elements of the park are in balance -- attractions, aesthetic landscaping, and music. Striking a balance between the three seems to be what turns a theme park from an attraction into an experience.  

The idea of composing a score for a theme park is particularly appealing due to the variety of music that would be needed. I have a wide knowledge of musical genres that I could utilize on this project. Whether it be largely symphonic with sweeping themes, intimate atmospheric music, classically influenced, or even some bluegrass -- I am more than able to accommodate. 

Currently, I'm living in London working as a bassoonist and a composer. I have experience composing large-scale works and completing them quickly, as I recently premiered a full-length musical in the Milton Court Theatre, Barbican Centre. I also recently orchestrated on Mission: Impossible Fallout. If you would like to read my full biography, click here.




After I read about the park and watched your interview with WRAL, I was inspired to write a little demos for you. The piece is called "Whirligig Fanfare", a lush, soaring whirlwind of a piece (with the middle section aiming to emulate whirligigs). 


This track is written with samples and would sound much more lush and realistic with actual musicians. 

Whirligig Fanfare - Michael Elderkin
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I hoped you enjoyed listening and now have a better idea of what I could bring to this project. If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to email me.

I wish you the best of luck in the continued progress of what I'm sure will bring joy to families for generations to come! 

Best wishes,

Michael Elderkin

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