Chamber/Small ensemble

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Cracked Voices (2017)

Song cycle for soprano, baritone, clarinet and piano, approx. 1 hour 15 minutes in length. A collaboration with writer Graham Palmer, supported by Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts and the PRS Foundation. For more information see the Cracked Voices website.

 

Hatless of Ilkley (2014)

Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet, oboe, baritone, small percussion and violoncello
Duration: Approx 3’10”

Blurb:

Based around the Yorkshire folk song On Ilkley Moor Baht ‘At, this piece is formed of fragments of its harmonic and melody lines and snippets of text and notation from two other Yorkshire folk songs, the Holmfirth Anthem and Scarborough Fair. Hatless of Ilkley was written in April 2014 for catch_22.

 

Brass and Bronze (2013)

Duration: 5 minutes
Instrumentation: Trumpet 1+2, horn, trombone and tuba plus electronics

Samples used are those of the Aldbourne Bells, from the sample library of the same name recorded and created by Ian Palmer (many thanks must go to him for both providing me with the library and allowing me to use the samples in the piece). I am grateful to Bespoke Brass – Steve Drury (director, trumpet 1) Steve Tomalin (trumpet 2), Eddie Morgan (horn), Paul Yarrow (trombone), Chris Bearman (tuba) and Stuart Russell (electronics) for the performance, and for letting me share the below recording.

Meditation (2013)

Work for clarinet and guitar.

 

Double Helix (2012)

Duet for bassoon and ‘cello, first performed in Scotland, October 2012 by the Red Note Ensemble.

 

Ori (2012)

Chamber work for piano, bass clarinet, electronic violin and electronics.

 

Quintuple (2011)

Instrumentation: Brass quintet (with either euphonium or bass trombone)
Duration: Approximately 5 minutes

 

Scenes from a Train (2011)

A suite in three movements, based around the journey from London to Essex. Originally written for clarinet and piano,  the suite was rearranged for clarinet and string quartet in 2012.

This recording was made at the concert on Saturday 17 June 2017 at Castle Methodist Church, Colchester, performed by Charles Hine and Alan Bullard.

 

Circles (2011)

Information about piece coming soon.

 

Reflections (2010)

Information about this piece coming soon.

 

Paradoxical Exchanges (2010)

Instrumentation: Harp trio
Length: 5’00”

A paradox is a statement or concept that contains conflicting ideas. Paradoxical Exchanges, therefore, is the exchange of such concepts. The first theme is inspired by the stratification of the Javanese gamelan – the use of multiple lines within a texture, spanning several octaves, with more intricate lines being intrinsically linked to the fundamental melodic line, or balungan.  The second theme, in contrast, has a continuous, flowing accompaniment and a singing melodic line, inspired by the melodic contours of Javanese singer’s melodies. After the initial presentation of the two themes, they slowly become tangled as they continue their exchanges, until they merge as one entity at the climax of the piece.

This piece was recorded in June 2010 by Claire Iselin, Federica Mossone and Soraya Vermeulen.

 

Gamelan and string quartet (2010)

Information about piece coming soon.

 

Lost (2008)

Instrumentation: Soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes
Duration: 3’26”

Lost was written for a workshop with the Delta Sax Quartet. Imposing tango-like rhythms on a five four time signature, the aim was to create a short, quirky piece.

The sample of this track on the media player is performed by the Delta Sax Quartet.

 

 

 

 

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