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worklist

This is a list of my principal compositions from recent years, ordered by date.

For works listed by category (chamber music, solo vocal, choral, etc.) see  About the music, which also gives programme notes.  For a complete catalogue, or for any queries about scores, recordings or performance opportunities, feel free to contact me.

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Oracle (2017), concerto for trumpet and ensemble. Premiere: Bede Williams (trumpet), Scottish Chamber Orchestra with St Andrews University players, cond. JT, Byre Theatre, St Andrews, April 2017.

Tread softly (2017) for full orchestra.  7 mins.  Premiere: Orchestre PSL, cond. Johan Farjot, Grand théâtre du Conservatoire des arts dramatiques, Paris, March 2017.

Memory is the seamstress (2016) for string quartet, after Virginia Woolf.  16 mins.  Premiere: Kreutzer Quartet, Robinson College Chapel, Cambridge, November 2016.

Sea-cradling (2016) for string quartet. 15 mins. Premiere: Schubert Ensemble, Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, July 2016.

Blithe Wine (2016) for bassoon and string quartet.  24 mins. Premiere: Peter Whelan, Mr McFalls’ Chamber, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, February 2016.

Light – dark – sea  (2015)  for soprano and ensemble  (9 players).  14 mins.   Premiere: Lesley-Jane Rogers, Lighthouse Players, cond. Tom Seligman, Orford Church, Sept. 2015.

Lucis largitor  (2015) for choir (SSAATTBB)  words by St Hilary of Poitiers.  5 mins.  Premiere: Robinson College Chapel Choir, Simon Brown, St Louis des Invalides, Paris, April 2016.

Mehlströberlsonate (2015) for violin and piano. 3 short responses to Beethoven’s violin sonata in G op. 30 no. 3.  10 mins.  Premiere: Krysia Osostowicz, Daniel Tong, King’s Place, London.

Orchid  (2015) for eight cellos. 5 mins. Premiere: Cellophony, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

Over the frost  (2014-15) for six voices (S, MS, A, T, Ba, B), alto flute and harp.  14 mins.  Text by Stephen Romer. Premiere: Vox’Sing, Tours.

Quiet Songs  (2014)  for soprano and instrumental trio (clar in Bb, harp, double-bass.)  Poems by Yves Bonnefoy.  6 mins.  Premiere: The Hermes Experiment, Lime Wharf, London.

Sometimes mysteriously  (2014) for solo soprano and tape.  Words by Luis Omar Salinas.  10 mins.

Self-ablaze  (2014) for violin and piano. 12 mins.  Premiere: Peter Sheppard-Skaerved, Roderick Chadwick, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge.

Steeples’ Eclipse  (2013) for violin, cello and piano (piano trio no. 2).  17 mins.  Premiere: Aronowitz Ensemble – Tom Poster, Tom Hankey, Guy Johnston – Cambridge Summer Music Festival, July 2013.

Virelai (Dame, vostre doulze viaire)  (2013) for flute and piano (after Guillaume de Machaut). 3 mins. Premiere: Sara Minelli, Roderick Chadwick, Robinson College, Cambridge, May 2013.

Piano Trio no. 1 (2013).  9 mins.   Premiere: JT, Marie-Françoise Pallet, Gregorio Robino; Université de Valenciennes,       March 2013.

Soft-born measureless light (2012) for piano solo.  8 mins. Premiere: David Christophersen, St John’s, Smith Square, London, February 2013.

Magnificat (St Catharine’s) (2012) for girls’ voices, organ and electronics. 6 mins. Premiere: St Catharine’s, December 2012.

I got me flowers (2012), Easter anthem, 3 mins.  Premiere: Robinson College Chapel Choir, Tim Brown, April 2013.

Plus avant que l’étoile (2012) for flute and piano (after Yves Bonnefoy). 15 mins. Premiere: Sara Minelli, Roderick Chadwick, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, February 2013.

Slow Tide II (2012) for piano, MIDI keyboard and tape.  13 mins. Premiere: JT, Camilla Koehnken, Joe Snape, Schumannhaus, Bonn, June 2012.

Child on the Steps (2012) for piano solo. 4 mins. Premiere: Camilla Koehnken, Schumannhaus Bonn, June 2012.

Ouija (2012) for solo violin and electronics.  20 mins. Premiere: Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Sidney Sussex Chapel, Cambridge, May 2012.

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (the Caius Service) (2011) for choir and organ. 14 mins. Premiere: Gonville & Caius Chapel Choir, Annie Lydford (organ), dir. Geoffrey Webber, February 2012.

Quicksilver (2011) for violin and vibraphone. 7 mins.  Solo choreography by Anuradha Chaturvedi.

Ladder of the escaping eye (2011) for solo recorder.  6 minutes.  Premiere: Robert de Bree. Also exists in film version.

Primavera (2011) for violin and piano.  7 minutes.  Premiere: Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London: Guy Button, Mark Austin.

Slow Tide (2009) for two pianos and percussion. 12 mins. Premiere: David Christophersen, Vivian Choi, Peter Britton, Derek Scurll; Cambridge, December 2009.

Properties of Light (2009) dance-piece for septet (cl, hn, tpt, marimba, vn, vla, cello) and six dancers, choreographed by Isobel Cohen, for CCD’s Light Matter.  14 mins.  Premiere, Senate House, Cambridge, December 2009.

Butterfly (2009) for solo piano.  2 mins.  Premiere: Matthew Schellhorn, Cambridge International Music Festival, November 2009.

Orion (2009) for horn, violin and piano.  13 mins.  Premiere: Alec Frank-Gemmill, Florence Cooke, Daniel Tong, Ludlow, February 2010.

Fantazia (2009) for string quartet (Homage to Purcell). 4 mins.  Premiere: Fitzwilliam String Quartet, Kings Place, London, May 2009.

That Second Realm (2009) dance-piece for fl, ob and string qtet, and seven dancers, based on Dante’s Purgatorio, choreographed by Susie Crow. 16 mins. Premiere: CCD Experience Dante, May 2009.

Luce sì vivace (1996, 2009) for solo flute with organ (or piano), or flute and 2 violins. 3 mins.

Nesting (2008) for wind quintet.  5 mins.  Commissioned by the Stratford upon Avon Festival. Premiere: Circle of Fifths Wind Quintet, Stratford, October 2008.

Unbidden Visions (2008) for tenor, horn and piano. 8 mins. Words by John Keats.  Premiere:  John McMunn, Alec Frank-Gemmill, Matthew Schellhorn, Cambridge International Music Festival, November 2009.

In a Quiet Room for solo violin (2008).  4 minutes.  Premiere: Catherine Myerscough, HK Baptist University, Hong Kong.

String Quartet (2008). In three movements; c. 17 mins.
Premiere: Fitzwilliam String Quartet, Maverick Summer Music Festival, Woodstock, NY, July 2008.

The Pedlar of Swaffham (2007) a fable for soprano and five instruments (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano). 10 mins. Premiere: Lesley-Jane Rogers, Bergamo Ensemble, dir. Michael Downes, October 2007, Canterbury Festival.

fleeting (2007) for solo piano. 3 mins. Premiere: Matthew Schellhorn, University of Bangor, February 2008.

Exultation is the going (2007), for 24 voices (SATB), words by Emily Dickinson. 7 mins. Premiere: BBC Singers, July 2007.

A sense of touch (2007) for four pianos, 4 mins.  Stands alone but is also first movement of Music for strings and hammers: see below.  Also arranged for 2 pianos and tape.

A sudden cartography of song (2007), video-opera for four solo voices (SATB), narrator, video and live electronics.  30 mins. Words and video by Alistair Appleton. 28 mins. Premiere: Spitalfields Festival, June 2007.

Music for Strings and Hammers (2006-7), for four pianos, honky-tonk and celesta (i.e. six players). Two movements: 12 mins in total. Also arranged for four pianos. Premiere: Rolf Hind et al, FUSELeeds, May 2006. (Premiere of first movement, which was added in 2007: West Road Concert Hall, March 2007.)

Wheels within wheels (2003-8) for cello and piano. 8 mins. Premiere: Oliver Gledhill and David Christophersen, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, February 2008.

Breath (2008) for mixed ensemble: alto flute, oboe, cor anglais, soprano sax, clarinet, marimba (4 octaves); strings: 4 violins, 2 violas (or string quartet). 8 mins. Premiere: Ensemble CB3, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, cond. Downes, January 2008.

Animals (2006) for wind sextet (fl, ob, cl, bass cl, bsn, hn).  Premiere: Aquilo, Cambridge Festival, November 2006.

Man-cockerel meets the donkey-bird (2006), six miniatures for five players: cl (= b. cl.), vn, vc, pc, pf ; 11 mins. Premiere: Curious Chamber Players, Stockholm, May 2006.

Search Engines (2002-6) for orchestra: picc., 2 fl; 2 ob, c.a; Eb cl, 2 cl; 2 bn; 4 hn, 2 tpt, 1 tbn; timps, xylo; hp; strings (approx. 14, 12, 10, 8, 6). 13 mins. Premiere: BBC Philharmonic, conducted by James Macmillan, BBC Manchester, February 2007.  Search Engines is also arranged for chamber orchestra: 2*, 2*, 2*, 2; 2, 2, 0, 0; timps/xylo (1 player); harp; strings (approx. 8, 6, 4, 4, 2). (* 2nd player doubles picc, c.a., Eb clar. respectively). 13 mins.

Strange Light (2004) for choir (SATB), organ and solo horn. Words by R.S. Thomas.  5 mins.

The She-Wolf (2004), a fable for soprano, cello and piano. Words by the composer, based on a Croatian folktale. 9 mins. Also arranged for soprano, percussion (vibes, marimba: 1 player) and piano.

This is the garden (2004) for choir (SATB) and four horns. Words by e.e. cummings. 4 mins.

The Will of the Tones (2004), piano solo, 9 mins. Premiere: Matthew Schellhorn, St Martin in the Fields, London, November 2004.

An innocent abroad (2003) for bassoon, clarinet and piano; 5 mins.

Ancient Stone at Twilight (2003) for string quartet (with soprano, optional). (The first movement of String Quartet no. 1, which was originally written as a separate piece and can be performed on its own.) 6 mins.

When the magus reads the night sky (2003), for cello and piano; 6 mins. Premiere: Oliver Gledhill, David Christophersen; West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 2003.

Tout abus sera puni (2002), piano solo, 4 mins. Joint Premiere: Daniel Propper, Art et Nature festival, Rochefort; Tom Poster, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, June 2003.

Of Noblest Cities (2000), an Epiphany Carol for choir and organ (SSATBB). Words by Prudentius. 6 mins.

Piano Concerto (2000, rev. 2006) for piano and chamber orchestra: 2, 2, 2, 2; 2, 2, 0, 0; timps; strings (approx. 8, 6, 5, 5, 3); no ww doubling. Three movements. 35 mins.

 

Miscellaneous:

Ceci n’est pas une pipe (2014) for organ with live electronics.  13 mins.  Premiere: Andrew Blackburn, Robinson College Cambridge, July 2014.

Lob sei Gott (2010) for organ, 3 mins.  Chorale prelude written for the Orgelbüchlein Project.  Premiere: Gregory Drott, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, November 2010.

Rising Dough (1999) for organ, 7 mins. can be played on its own or preceded by:

Dry-Stone Wall (2003, rev. 2007), 3 mins. (Again, can be played on its own or as a prelude to Rising Dough). Premiere: Mark Hindley, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh.

Now the green blade riseth (2012), Easter anthem, choir (SATB) and organ, 4 mins.

Bread and meat and fish and wine (2010) – carol for choir (SATB) and organ. Premiere: December 2010, Robinson College Choir, Tim Brown.

When Joseph was a-walking – carol for choir (SSATBB), 2009.  Premiere: December 2009, Clare College Choir, Tim Brown.

Fearfully and wonderfully made (1995). Psalm setting for choir and organ pedals (women’s and men’s voices, in 3 groups). 7 mins.

Flos Florum (1991), for double choir (SATB x2) and solo flute. Words anon., medieval.

GOAT music (2011) for beginners’ orchestra.  3 minutes.

Flare for chamber orchestra: 2 fl (2nd=picc), 2 ob, 2 clar, 2 bsn; 2 hn, 2 tpt, 1 tbn; timpani, percussion (timpanist + 1 other player); strings. 4 mins.
Premiere: Ghent University Symphony Orchestra, cond. Steven Decraene, March 2008.

Swings and Roundabouts (2008), wind band, 7 mins.

Plumbline (2002), piano solo [for children], 1 min. Premiere: Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, June 2002.

My secret music remembers me (1999), piano solo, 4 mins. Premiere: HIVT, Antwerp, 1999.

Strangers on a shore (1996), piano solo, 4 mins. Premiere: Younger Hall, St Andrews, 1997.

 

 

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