Urizen non-Brexit

Following their terrific performance at the Brighton Festival, Timothy Ridout and John Reid will be playing ‘Urizen‘ at the Munich Gasteig on 13th May. The concert will be broadcast by Bayerische Rundfunk on 24th...

Not amazed

Minos’ daughter Ariadne fell in love with Theseus and helped him escape the labyrinth by following a ball of thread.  He left her on Naxos of course. ‘Labyrinth‘ is a new piece for cor anglais and piano – an appropriately winding and unwinding single...

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...