On Waking (Morning)

On Waking (Morning)

Instrumentation – choir

Duration – c.5′

Written in Brighton Dec 2013-Jan 2014

First performed by The Chapel Choir Of Selwyn College, Cambridge, at St Bride’s, Fleet Street, London, 18th┬áMarch 2015


Dedicated to my Grandpa, Douglas Ian Westwood. Commissioned by MusArc through the Sound & Music ‘Portfolio’ Scheme. The piece deals with the idea of focus, both spatially and texturally, and explores the transition between dreaming and being awake. Some sections of the work employ a technique which is inspired by the Gaelic Psalms sung in the outer Hebrides, whereby the congregation sing a single line, but their entries are staggered so as to create a great wash of sound, reminiscent of the waves of the sea. Based on the text ‘Morning’ by Rowan Sawday, which I commissioned especially for the piece.