Over the first half of this year I composed a piece called ‘Intraversing’ for three bassoons, which was commissioned through the LSO. In this work, the instruments traverse a musical landscape built from their own sonic blueprint. Here is a video of the premiere performance by LSO bassoonists Dan Jemison, Joost Bosdijk and Dom Tyler, conducted by Darren Bloom at LSO St Luke’s, Old Street, London on 19th June 2016.
For the last few months I’ve been hard at work writing a second piece for the LSO Soundhub. Dedicated to the bassoonist Joost Bosdijk, ‘Extraversing’ for bassoon & ensemble is a direct response to the bassoon trio I composed early last year (‘Intraversing’). ‘Extraversing’ will be premiered this Saturday (Feb 11th) at LSO St Luke’s, Old Street, London, 7pm. View the Facebook event page HERE.
Honoured to have a short feature on BBC Radio 3, where you can hear excerpts from my new piece ‘Barricades’, along with interviews from conductor Matthew Hardy, members of the East London Community Band, and myself. You can hear the programme for a short while HERE.
Here’s the premiere performance of my piece ‘Florescence’, commissioned and performed by the Riot Ensemble in Brighton, 29/10/16.
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: