Music for Concert
I trained in the contemporary classical tradition and regularly write new works for ensembles, choirs and orchestras.
My concert music is inspired by everything from astronomical photography to surrealism, psychadelia and Shakespeare. From sinuous, bubbling textures to vast, haunting harmonies or from complex, groovy rhythms to moments of beautiful simplicity, I enjoy 'taking a walk' through interesting sonic landscapes and seeing where it leads me.
Please don't hesitate to contact me for perusal scores. I'm always interested in collaborating.
the ‘taking a walk’ point is good - weird sonic textures to vast, cathedral-like atmospheres etc. sell each piece a lot more!
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This is a radio 3 segment Whistling, roaring soundscapes meet pseudo-jazz rhythms in Martian Saloon, performed by KEMS Concert Band in 2017 as part of the 'Adopt a Composer' scheme, in association with Radio 3, Sound and Music and Making Music. I spent an amazing year with these musicians workshopping material that evoked otherworldly atmospheres. Available in flexible concert band format here.
Inspired by the 'holy minimalists' of Eastern Europe, a sparse string orchestra comes together in Only Tears to paint a picture of raw anguish. (2015)
vln(2).vla.clo.db (5 mins)
With Take, O Take Those Lips Away, I wanted to capture in time here the poignancy of Shakespeare's famously lovestruck sonnet, combining a sense of the intimate with a sense of the collosal. (2014)
SSAATTBB (limited divisi), perf. by Constanza Chorus (5 mins)
Some hugely extrovert fun, A Bureaucratic Nightmare pits comical terror against a strangely tense idea of peace. (2016)
2(2pic).2(2ca).2(2bcl).2/ssax.asax.tsax.bsax/22.214.171.124/timp.2perc/cel.hrp/str, perf. by the Royal College of Music Orchestra
Rhumba was composed by dissecting some of my favourite folk melodies. The title, and the character of much of the material, is inspired by the collective pronoun for a group of rattlesnakes. (2014)
string quartet, perf. by the Delphi Quartet (7 mins)
Two Blue explores the colours, feelings and sounds of psychadelia, and what it means to me. (2017) that beautiful trombomne slide set to psychadelic piano
trombone + piano, perf. by Chris Ford and myself (11 mins)
In 2016, the Science Museum held an exhibition showcasing the beauty of astronomical photography. The contrast between fiery, stellar violence and the lonely qualities of individual human observation in part inspired The Colour of Breath.
flt.ca.cl.asax.bsn/hn.tpt.tbn/hp/vln(2).vla.clo.db (10 mins)
The introductory melody of Furious Dancing, entirely in harmonics, begins a dramatic dialogue between several sorrowful, glistening, and hauntingly expressive moods. The piece jumps quickly between these ideas, arguing with itself. (2015)
solo cello, perf. by Florian Belbeoch (10 mins)