Old Year/New Year

Pieces written in 2018 Grounds (Concertino for oboe and strings) The Dong with a Luminous Nose (Voice and Clarinet) Last Tango in Brighton (CoMA ensemble) Laments and Scherzos (Orchestra) Simplicius Simplicissimus (Clarinet and String Orchestra) Take Two (Guitar duo)...

Looking forward/ Looking Back

On Monday 19th November, Siân Philipps’ recital for violin and piano at Blackheath Concert Halls included my ‘Looking Back’ which I wrote for her and which she premiered two years ago in London. The concert also included music by Mendelssohn and...

Triad

‘Tri’ is for six violas which is unusual but these three pieces exploit the wonderful rich sound which the combination produces. The many performances of ‘Tri’ include those given by students at the Royal Academy, London, the Royal Welsh School of Music...

Grounds

‘Grounds’ is a new concertino for oboe and string orchestra. The three short movements are based on different ground bases which develop into increasingly florid and passionate music.

Time and Again

‘Time and Again – A Toccata for Orchestra’ is a new piece, fast and furious for four and a half minutes. The title comes from a fitful, many-times-repeated melody which appears across contrasting instrumental guises throughout. Hear it...

A Walk with Ingres’ Wife

A just-rewritten movement for brass quintet (2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba). The title comes from an essay On the Exploitation of Vulgarity (1914) by the artist Wyndham Lewis in which he quotes a story about the French painter Ingres: “When an ugly or uncomely...