Whiskies of Islay

Not an offer of drink but a concert by COMA Sussex on 18th May including not only Dave Smith’s ‘Whiskies of Islay‘ pieces but my ‘Divisibility’ and others by Michael Nyman, Zoe Martlew, Sheena Phillips, Andrew Hadfield and Patrick Harrex....

Short and Suite

I’ve just rewritten three brief pieces ‘Trivia’ for two clarinets – Prelude, Tango and Ragtime – they date back to my youth but come up well I think in a slightly brittle way! Score available from...

Tossicated lubbock

Great Sussex dialect words I’ve plundered for my new ‘Song of Three’ (I must be settling in): Aggy dumbledore, beazled pug, Plaguey shimeroys, slabby spud, Tossicated lubbock, flittermouse farisees, Chuckle-headed codger – Zackly. [Aggy –...

‘The Unknown Bird’

The poet Edward Thomas was killed in action at Arras on 9 April 1917. He had lived in Steep near Petersfield so, on March 17th as part of the Petersfield Musical Festival, there was a centenary concert with readings and settings of his poems given by many...

Ironic Serenade

Flautist Nancy Ruffer and pianist Dominic Saunders included the first performance of my ‘Sonata Serenata’ in their recital at St John’s Hampstead on Wednesday 1st March. The ‘Serenata’ of the title is slightly ironic as, although the...

‘Urizen’ on tour

Multi-award winning violist Timothy Ridout (winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition 2016, 1st Prize at the 2014 Cecil Aronowitz and Violin Channel Young Artist of the week, July 2016) will be including ‘Urizen’ in his March tour of Scotland...