Period Pieces

Pianist Yoko Ono performed my Period Pieces on Saturday 28 October at St Mary de Haura, Shoreham-by-Sea in the Adur Arts Live festival. Also in the concert were Debussy’s ‘Childrens’ Corner’ and ‘Estampes’ and Chris Gander’s ...

Child’s Play

In the 1960s Malcolm Williamson wrote a brilliant and popular song cycle on words from Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’. This year I was asked by soprano Judy Mackerras to write more songs to go with the Williamson. • The...

Urizen

On 27 August there was a wonderful performance of ‘Urizen’ played by Rachel Roberts (viola) and Chris Hopkins (piano) in a typically ingenious programme at the Presteigne Festival. ‘Urizen’ was also given a brilliant performance in Brighton by...

Clarinet coffee

‘Three Cafés’ for clarinet and piano are not too difficult or too serious! ‘New York Café, Rio Café and, of course, ‘Paris Café.

In Time

Yoko Ono included my ‘Period Pieces’ for piano in her recital on Wednesday 28th June at St Nicholas church in Brighton. The pieces follow the form of dances from a baroque suite – Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue. Hear the Gigue on...

Chidiock’s End

Chidiock Tichborne was only 24 years old when he was brutally executed by being hanged, drawn, and quartered for his role in the Babington Plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I in 1586. His ‘Elegy’, (‘My Prime of Youth is but a Frost of Cares’)...