Programme Notes

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Airs, Waters and Floating Islands
Airs, Waters and Floating Islands was commissioned by Susan Tomes with funding from The Holst Foundation, and was premiered by her in Kettles Yard, Cambridge in March 1996 ...

Agricolas
Agricolas takes its title and concept of design from the work of the American sculptor David Smith, many of whose works were grouped into sets in terms of their shared titles ...

atria
This work was commissioned by the Belfast Music Society for their International Festival of Chamber Music in 2013, and was premiered by Paul Watkins (cello) and Huw Watkins (piano) on 21st February 2013..

Balcony Scenes
This work was commissioned by Fenella Humphreys for her Bach to the Future project, and was premiered by her at Aldeburgh on 10th September 2014. ..

Basho
Basho was premiered by Herbert du Plessis, Salle Cortot, Paris in December 1997. It began life as part of a call, later abandoned, for new works making only ‘amateur’ demands and linked to a repertoire piece, so that both could be played by young musicians ...

Cors de chasse
The call of the horn has always transcended its mere sound to take on a wider role, a signifier of meaning for man or beast ...

Degrees of Separation (set)
This set of pieces for various orchestral and instrumental groupings was commissioned by the SAGE, GATESHEAD ...

Degrees of Separation (orchestral piece)
This orchestral piece is the central item of a set of pieces, designed for various spaces and ensembles, that was commissioned by THE SAGE ...

Dogs and Wolves
This work was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s first season in City Hall, Glasgow ...

Driftwood On Sand
This string quartet was commissioned by the Classical Music Society of Londonderry ...

Drum of The Nĺjd
This work was for me the end of a musical phase, being the last of a series of works in which I have been exploring the expressive territory of simple, chorale-like materials ...

Etruscan Games
This piano trio was commissioned by Gerry Mattock and Beryl Calver-Jones in 2007 for the Da Vinci Trio ...

Fictions for Ensemble
Fictions for ensemble was written in 2014 for the Stony Brook Contemporary Music Players, and premiered by them in November 2015, at Stony Brook University and Roulette, Brooklyn, NY ...

Landscape With Portraits
This string trio was commissioned by Chamber Domaine, and premiered at the 2004 Cheltenham Festival ...

Litholatry
This work is a vigorous single-movement piece that is framed by a slow atmospheric introduction and coda ...

Maquette
Maquette was commissioned by COMA London and was premiered by them, in Christ Church, Spitalfields, in 2005....

Memorial Cairns
Memorial Cairns for string orchestra was commissioned by the Ulster Orchestra Society in 1992, and was premiered by the strings of the Ulster Orchestra in the Guildhall, Derry ...

Minnesang
The driving force behind this work was the bass clarinet itself, an instrument whose belated coming-of-age owes much in the UK to redoubtable exponent Sarah Watts..

Piani, Latebre
Piani, Latebre (layers, hiding-places) is a set of three diverse pieces for solo piano....

Sound Carvings from the Bell Foundry
My series of instrumental Sound Carvings works through the 1990s featured strings and mixed chamber media ...

Syzygy
Syzygy is a set of three highly contrasted pieces for brass quintet and chamber or small orchestra ...

The Building of Curves
This piano quartet was commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble of London ...

The Still Dancers
The Still Dancers was commissioned by the Britten String Quartet with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain, and was premiered by them in St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol during 1993 ...

Truth Or Consequences
Truth Or ConsequenceS is a town in New Mexico. When I first heard the name, I was attracted by the philosophical opposites it implied ...

Up By The Roots
Up By The Roots was commissioned as part of a PRS for Music Foundation ‘Beyond Borders’ award to Fidelio Trio, poet Sinéad Morrissey and composer Piers Hellawell..

Victory Boogie-Woogie
Victory Boogie-Woogie for two pianos was commissioned by Riga New Music Centre in Latvia for the Riga Piano Duo for the 1993 Riga Festival of British Music ...

Weaver of Grass
This quintet for piano and strings (one of each instrument) was commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble of London to mark their 20th Anniversary ...