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Awakening for symphony orchestra

In the middle of 2020, I began working on a new symphonic work. The natural world was waking up and taking over spaces previously dominated by humans, and pollution levels were dropping as a result of lockdowns. The sketches gathered became Awakening -an excerpt of which is below. While I originally had plans for the…
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Phases of the Moon (mezzo sop + pno) online

I’m pleased to finally be able to share the first of four new settings of Elinor Wylie texts – Phases of the Moon. As this piece is so new, I’ve uploaded a version with audio rendered in Dorico so you can get a taste of it! Buy the score from Payhip: https://payhip.com/b/fFbZ Keep an eye…
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Finding those sparks

As artists, we’re always seeking and collecting ideas. Images, sounds, pieces, moments – you’ll often find us snapping pictures of obscure things, noting down melodies or recording sounds. For my commission for the Palace Band, I wanted to write something that was directly relevant to them and the area they rehearse in – a community…
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Reflections upon Nature: Four premieres and lots of music!

Thanks to the Old Riverport St Ives for hosting my Reflections on Nature evening last Friday as part of the Chapel Arts Season 2018. Thanks to everyone who came along – faces old and new – for listening to me talk and play. Thanks for being so supportive of my first ever solo concert! The…
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Curating the collection: A musical summing up

Do writers write from beginning to end, or do they create their work in bits here and there before stringing it all together? Composing wise, I definitely tend to be the latter. You have to go where the inspiration takes you. Sometimes that can be the climatic point of the piece, sometimes a snippet of…
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