Contretemps

The bassoon is an awkward, athletic, melancholy, rambunctious instrument! There aren’t many solo pieces for it – so I’ve just written...

New Year’s Irresolution

‘Kiss Me on Wednesday (Don’t Kiss me Now)’ is a cabaret song cycle I wrote with brilliant lyrics by Alison Rutherford, sad and funny. This one is ‘New Year’s Irresolution’. Another New Year, Another fresh look at your life: A change...

O Ecstasy!

These SATB settings are of four vivid poems by Mervyn Peake. They alternate between the nonsensical and the heartbreakingly tragic. 1. ‘O Love!, O Death!, O Ecstasy!’ 2. ‘And I Thought You Beside Me’ 3. ‘The Trouble with Geraniums’ 4. ‘Out of the Chaos of my Doubt’...

No longer distant Echo

In 1991, director Wilf Judd at Covent Garden developed a wonderfully imaginative scheme (The Garden Venture) to commission short chamber operas. Mine, titled ‘Echoes’, had a brilliant libretto by Anne Harris whose skills – developed writing for television...

Crossing borders

I wrote ’Crossings’ for viola and guitar this year for violist Patricia McCarty and guitarist Bill Zito. Their first, video, performance was streamed online from the InterHarmony International Music Festival: https://www.interharmony.com/ The concert is posted on the...