Over this Summer I’ve been working like a literal madman on a new piece for the Riot Ensemble, for inclusion in their Micrographia concert in Brighton this month. ‘Florescence’ is scored for flute (+ alto), viola, electric guitar, harp, piano-4-hands and percussion. I’m sure I don’t speak for me alone when I assert that every write is just that bit harder than the last, as if the more you learn, the more difficult it is to compose. Well, this piece has, for me, been a real testament to that, and while all the ideas were pretty much there from the outset, getting it all out onto the page really knocked me for six! Really looking forward to hearing what the Riot Ensemble make of it on the 29th Oct, 7pm, @ St Nicholas’ Church, Brighton. MORE INFO HERE.
‘The Visitor’ EP – the second in a series of releases featuring chamber works from the past 6 or 7 years – is out now! And better still, you can download it for FREE for the next month, so get your skates on! Featuring the wonderful playing of Susie Winkworth (cello) and Adam Swayne (piano), and beautiful artwork by Jules Arthur. DOWNLOAD IT HERE!
Here’s a blog I wrote about ‘Barricades’, a new work of mine which was commissioned through Sound and Music’s ‘Adopt A Composer’ scheme. ‘Barricades’ will be premiered at 7pm this Saturday in the Remembering Cable Street event at St John’s Church, Bethnal Green.
For the past 12 months I’ve been working collaboratively on a new piece called ‘Barricades’ for the East London Community Band, commissioned through the Adopt A Composer scheme. The idea of the programme is to pair amateur ensembles with no experience of New Music with a living composer, who will write a piece specifically for them to perform. After a very exciting few months of composition, phone calls, workshops and rehearsals, I’m pleased to say that the premiere performance is just round the corner now. ‘Barricades’ will make its first outing on 8th October, 7pm at the Remembering Cable Street event, St John’s Church, Bethnal Green. A little more information can be found HERE.
Here’s the first in the ‘How I Compose’ series, during which I’ll be inviting a different composer each month to discuss their compositional practice, in relation to a recent work of theirs. First up, yours truly… Click on the image below to read the article:
After an enormously protracted wait, I’m extremely happy to be releasing these fine recordings into the universe. Please download and enjoy this collection of my earliest piano works, performed by the ever-amazing Adam Swayne. For the next month this EP is available on a pay-what-you-like basis, so make the most of it! Get your copy from my Bandcamp page, or via the player below:
I am curating a series of articles for the British Music Collection called ‘How I Compose’, where I’ll be inviting different composers over the coming months to talk about their working process in relation to a composition of theirs. Here’s a little introductory blog I wrote as a kind of mission statement…
Here’s a score video for my piece ‘Incendiaries’, performed by the fantastic Workers Union Ensemble in February last year at Friends Meeting House, Sussex Uni.