Vocal and Choral Works

2016

Suo Gân

for baritone voice and piano

2016

Duration

c. 4 mins

Performances

Premiere: 12 December 2016
St. Faith's Church, Lee-on-Solent
Lee Choral Society: Soloist Ciaran Yeo

Program Note

This simple arrangement of the traditional welsh lullaby Suo Gân was composed for me dear friend Ciaran Yeo on the occasion of the Lee Choral Society's 2016 Christmas Concert (St. Faith's Church, Lee-on-Solent).

Soak it Up

mezzo soprano, violin & cello

2016

Duration

c. 2 minutes

Performances

Premiere: 11 August 2016
CoMA Summer School 2016
Lore Lixenberg and the Fidelio Trio (workshop)

Program Note

The opening movement of a planned song cycle based on the music of 00's rock band Athlete. This is a companion piece to my earlier song cycle Made-Up Love Songs for alto and two violas based on the music of the band Guillemots.

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Lost Content

SATB choir and piano

2016

Duration

c. 7.5 minutes

Performances

Premiere:
Cardiff University Contemporary Music Group
Cardiff University Concert Hall

Program Note

Lost Content makes use of an A.E. Housman text taken from No. 40 of his famous cycle of poems, A Shropshire Lad (1896). Written before World War I, the words of Housman's poem are certainly prescient, and serve as both reflective and foreshadowing amidst such current international insecurity. The text also holds strong personal reverence, as its quotation in Dennis Potter's radio play Blue Remembered Hills (1979) made a lasting imprint on my perception of war during my childhood. The work began life as a very simple setting of the Houseman text but quickly developed into a far more immersive and, hopefully, rewarding choral experience for both performer and audience.

Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those?
That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went And cannot come again.

2015

Audience Installation I

audience members

2015

Duration

variable

Performances

Premiere: 27 November 2015
Delegates of 'Kinesis and Stasis' Conference
Barbican Centre

Program Note

A series of written instructions for audience to provide a sonic backdrop to an academic conference paper.

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2014

The Land of Lost Content

for SATB choir

2014

Duration

c. 3.5 miniutes

Performances

Premiere: 8 November 2014
'Was it a Lovely War?' - WWI Commemoration Concert
St John's United Reformed Church, Stourbridge
Performed by Gig Caritas

Program Note

The Land of Lost Content makes use of an A.E. Housman text taken from No. 40 of his famous cycle of poems, A Shrophire Lad (1896). Written before World War I, the words of Housman's poem are certainly prescient, and serve as both reflective and foreshadowing in this year of remembrance amidst such international insecurity. The text also holds strong personal reverence, as its quotation in Dennis Potter's Blue Remembered Hills (1979) made a lasting imprint on my perception of war during my childhood.

This setting was commissioned by Keith Horsfall and Gig Caritas through funds generously donated by Waitrose. The work will receive its first performance by the commissioning ensemble in St John's United Reformed Church, Stourbridge on 8th November 2014 as part of a concert commemorating the outbreak of World War I.

2013

Made-Up Love Songs

for alto and two violas

2013

Duration

c. 10 minutes

Performances

Premier: 8 April 2014
Cardiff University Chamber Concert Series 2013/14
New Hall, Corbett Road
Performed by the Cardiff University Contemporary Music Group
Alto: Bryony Doyle
Violas: Julia E. Howell and Andy Weiner
April 2014.

Program Note

This song cycle glimpses love through different windowpanes: joy, anger, depression, resentment, acceptance. The individual titles refer to songs by the band gUiLLeMoTs, whose lyrics have been recycled for this piece. This, however, is as far as their influence permeates. Perhaps.

Made-Up Love Songs is dedicated to Annie, who didn't wait.

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2012

Piss Flower

for vocal octet

2012

Duration

c. 5 minutes

Performances

Currently unperformed.

Program Note

This short work is based on the beautiful, floral sculptures of the same name by Helen Chadwick (as seen here). These were created by making casts of the patterns produced when the artist and her husband peed into the snow. My setting exploits the male and female voice types to explore the differences of gender in this rather unique situation. The text comes from the poem by Jo Shapcott which also shares the same title and stimulus. The note Shapcott provides with her text perhaps best sums up the qualities of my setting:

'I discovered a little cul-de-sac of literature which is devoted to the art of peeing. Most of it's written by men and most of it celebrates that marvellous golden arc that they can perform in the sky which of course I can't - so I felt a bit left out and if you like this is a kind of 'me too' poem and it's called 'Piss Flower'.'

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2011

'Rambo, Rambo, Rambo, Rambo, Rambo' from Rambo: The Opera

for SATB choir

2011

Duration

c. 5 minutes

Performances

Premiere: 9 December 2011
New Hall, Corbett Road
Performed by the Fires of Cardiff and the Stallone Singers

Program Note

Excerpt from Rambo: The Opera. The concluding number of Act I in which the chorus articulates the contradictory emotions Rambo is feeling after accidentally murdering Art Galt by shooting him out of a helicopter.

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Choral