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July 2022: I have just finished a duet version for flute and piano of my piece Moonlighting (op.39). The premiere will take place on Saturday 8th October 2022 at Townshend Village Hall, Cornwall, performed by flautist William Sleath and pianist Tim Carey. This expanded version adds an entirely new finale, 'Mirrored Moonlight', which pays homage both to the Beethoven sonata and to the contemporary composer Arvo Pärt.
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April 2022: Worlds Four has now been released on YouTube and Soundcloud. As a counterweight to the intensity of Worlds Three, this work is profoundly meditative and static. At a time of international conflict, climate crises, pandemics, population displacements and ever more uncertain futures, it may serve as a sonic space into which to escape, or through which to connect more holistically with who we are and what we wish to become.
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The composer with trumpeter Alan Thomas at St Bride's
March 2022: Music of our Time. March 23rd saw the long-awaited première of my piece Clarion Song for trumpet and organ, wonderfully played by Alan Thomas, lead trumpeter of Onyx Brass, and organist Simon Hogan.
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March 2022: Worlds Three is to be released on Soundcloud and YouTube on Thursday 17th March. This is the third in a series of extended, ambient works designed for deep listening and mindfulness. Whilst Worlds One and Two are meditative in character, Worlds Three has emerged as darker and more menacing. It has been described as both terrifying and beautiful.
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February 2022: Worlds Two has now been released on YouTube. Originally conceived to mark the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, Worlds has become instead a work with multiple meanings; the project, like the world we live in, turned upside down by climate crises, pandemics, population displacements and ever more uncertain futures. It may be seen as a sonic space into which to escape, or through which to connect more holistically with who we are and what we wish to become.
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St Brides Church
January 2022: My piece Clarion Song, chosen by the John Armitage Memorial (JAM) for its 2020 season at St. Brides Church, Fleet Street, but postponed due to the Covid outbreak, is finally scheduled to receive its première on Wednesday 23rd March 2022.
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November 2021: Worlds One has now been released on Soundcloud and YouTube. This is the first in a series of extended, ambient works for meditative listening and mindfulness. Sounds evolve slowly and organically, without ever relying upon exact repetition. Though digitally mixed and mastered, all source material benefits from the richness of its analogue origins.
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Photo by Jens Johnsson on Unsplash
May 2021: Hawaiki; Six Conceptions is a substantial revision and major expansion of an earlier work, The Four Periods of Creation, written but never performed in 1983 when I was an undergraduate student. It adapts texts from 'Te Ika a Maui, or New Zealand and its Inhabitants' by Reverend Richard Taylor (1805-1873), in particular drawing upon its depictions of Maori creation myths.
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Lever Harp detail
August 2020: I have just completed work on a new edition of my 2006 piece, Still Beating, for Scottish folk harp. The number of lever changes has now been significantly reduced to make performance easier and the piece has been afforded more breathing space, being around a minute longer than the original 2006 version. Available for a limited period as a FREE DOWNLOAD (go to the piece's entry on my WORKS page).
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FREE DOWNLOADS!
January 2020: For a limited period I am offering all currently available scores, including players' parts, FREE OF CHARGE. You will find high resolution pdf files of scores in their respective WORKS page. Where available, I have also included recordings that can either be streamed or downloaded.
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December 2019: A studio recording of Odes and Episodes, for electric guitar with EBow and pedals, can now be found on the composition's page in the Works menu, along with the full score and instructions.
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Worlds
July 2019: Marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landings, I will soon be embarking on a major new project provisionally called 'Worlds', which will comprise a series of extended acousmatic pieces building into a four-hour long work. Each World will be released as it is created, via the website and online via YouTube and Vimeo. Watch this space, as they say!
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Clarion Song
April 2019: I have just completed a new work, Clarion Song, for Bb or C trumpet and 3-manual organ. The piece takes as its starting point the opening melody of my Op.33, A Wedding Carol.