All 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).

Lone Wolf

solo piano

2016

Duration

c. 2.5 minutes

Performances

Premiere: 12 August 2016
Doncaster College Theatre (CoMA Summer School)
Michael Finnissy

Program Note

Lone Wolf was composed as the opening movement of a suite of short piano pieces for children. The set are all character pieces based on the book Malu's Wolf by Ruth Craig which I was reading whilst attending the Contemporary Music for All Summer School 2016.

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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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New Shoes

mixed ensemble

2016

Duration

c. 3 minutes

Performances

Premiere: 17 August 2016
CoMA Composers' Ensemble (workshop)
CoMA Summer School 2016

Program Note

I went out to but some new shoes and came home with a new synth...

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Oh Dio!

sonata for clarinet and percussion

2016

Duration

c. 16 minutes

Performances

Premiere: 7 July 2016
George Sleightholme (clarinet) & George Barton (percussion)
Club Inégales (London)

Program Note

Scored for clarinet and wooden percussion, this piece explores concepts of control and autonomy: 'whichever way it goes you see, you've got to decide' - Dario Fo, Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

Oh Dio! was composed as part of the Academy Inégales mentoring scheme and is dedicated to George and George who brought it to life. You can watch the premiere performance here..

A Sovereign Hawk

symphony orchestra

2016

Duration

c. 3.5 minutes

Performances

Premiere: 28 April 2016
BBC National Orchestra of Wales (cond. Jac Van Steen)
Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre

Program Note

This work for orchestra takes its starting point in the muddy histories surrounding the last king of Wales: Llywelyn ap Gruffudd. By the end of his life, Wales had become an annex of England under the rule of King Edward I (Longshanks), a legacy which has made Llywelyn a controversial figure in Welsh history. Following a fierce rivalry, Llywelyn imprisoned his brother Owain Goch in Castle Dolbadarn for more than twenty years and took control of his lands. A contemporary poet of the time reflected on the way history may have been written if the brothers had united against the English - my composition explores this theme, with every attempt at heroism negated by the imposing walls of the castle prison:

There is a hero in a tower,
In long captivity,
A brave, kingly, sovereign hawk.
A hero whose loss I feel from amongst the living,
A hero who would not allow England to burn his border.

Hywel Foel ap Griffri ap Pywll Wyddel

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

Lost Dead Toys

trombone and sampler

2015

Duration

c. 3 minutes

Performances

Premiere: 12 December 2015
Martin Humphries (trombone) & Andy Leung (electronics)
Club Inégales (London) - 'A Field Guide to Getting Lost'

Program Note

Composed in response to Rebecca Solnit's A Field Guide To Getting Lost and as part of the Academy Inégales mentoring scheme. The work was created in collaboration with electronic musician Andy Leung.

'In dreams, nothing is lost. Childhood homes, the dead, lost toys all appear with a vividness your waking mind could not achieve' – p 182.

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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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Moz Pit

saxophone quartet and saxophone chorus

2015

Duration

c. 7.5 minutes

Performances

Premiere: 20 November 2015
University of Southampton woodwind students
Turner Sims Concert Hall (Southampton) - Mozart Remixed Festival

2nd performance: 21 November 2015
University of Southampton woodwind students
St. Michael's Church (Southampton) - Mozart Remixed Festival

Program Note

I - House
Interlude I
II - Thrash
Interlude II
III - Dub

Moz Pit is my response to the finale of Act I of Don Giovanni in which Mozart intersperses the action with three distinct dances. Using melodic material borrowed from the Mozart original I have reimagined this finale through the use of 21st-Century dance forms, namely house, the moshing which so often accompanies metal music, and dubstep. These movements are separated by two interludes scored for an additional saxophone chorus, the intention being that a group of amateur players may perform alongside an experienced quartet and contribute equally to the performance.

Moz Pit was composed in September 2015 for a performance at the University of Southampton as part of their ‘Mozart Remixed’ festival.

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