Looking Forward

      On June 21st, the wonderful Siân Philipps played my ‘Nocturne’ and ‘Cortège?’ for violin and piano in Brighton. Both pieces are reflections on poems by García Lorca. She also played works by Vaughan Williams, Sally Beamish...

Changing places

Fellow composer Julian Broughton and I have suggested changing our identities (and shaking up our ideas) by using each other’s compositional ‘f’ingerprints’. We have teamed up with clarinettist Steve Dummer to try to raise funds to commission and...

Contretemps

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

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’...