Simplicius Simplicissimus

Just finished a short piece for clarinet and string orchestra (or piano) based on the extraordinary Adventures of Simplicius Simplicissimus, the 17th-century story of a young boy travelling through a world ravaged by the Thirty Years’ War and the appalling...

Shadows in Germany

‘Shadows’ for viola, double and piano is being performed at Saarländisches Staatstheater on Sunday, 3rd June. I have also transcribed the piece using ‘cello, but this is the...

Another Rebirth

Originally written in 1974 for London’s City Lit. wind band, I have revived ‘Overture, Tragedy and Farce’. The City Lit. group was very flexible (meaning that sometimes the bassoonist didn’t turn up and the bass clarinet, a well-known actor...

Rebirth

On 3rd March my Concerto for Clarinet and Strings had its first performance since 1974. This time it was here in Lewes with the always-exciting Steve Dummer and the Musicians of All...

Not COMAtose

The fantastic COMA – Contemporary Music for All – has a festival from 2nd to 4th March in venues all over Britain and Europe http://www.coma.org/whats-on/events/festival/. My own piece ‘Divisibility’ in COMA’s open score (any instrument, anyone can play!)...

The Dong

The Dong with a Luminous Nose is a new setting of the surprisingly lyrical, and sad, Edward Lear poem – much more than mere nonsense! The setting is for baritone and solo clarinet, with an alternative version for soprano voice and soprano saxophone. (c. 10...