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2021

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7'

make do & mend

for violin & cimbalom

'make do & mend' constructs a new object from fragments.


It was written for Tim Williams and Benedict Holland of Psappha Ensemble during lockdown and performed at Hallé St Peters in July 2021.

[ Vln., Cimb. ]

2020

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8'

sun, drums & soil

for Mark Simpson, Huw Watkins & Zoë Martlew

'sun, drums & soil' is a short work for clarinet trio inspired by Stravinsky's miniature 'Pour Pablo Picasso' (1917).


It won the Alan Bush Composition Prize in 2020, with comments from Michael Zev Gordon.

[ Cl.=BCl., Pno., Vln. ]

2020

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2'

spindrift

for the London Sinfonietta

spindrift (n):

‘the fine spray blown from cresting waves during a gale’


This sketch really only explores one idea - a fairly consistent block of sound with polyrhythmic pulsations.

[ Fl.=AFl., Cl., Pno., Vib., Vln., Vc. ]

2020

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7-9'

dance distant

for alto saxophone & ensemble

'dance distant' is an unmeasured piece for alto saxophone and ensemble arising from contemplations of the work of Franz Kline, specifically the ‘black paintings’ of the 1950s.

[ A-Sax, AFl., Acc., Vib., Vla. ]

2020

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6'

loose joints

for 6 players

‘loose joints’ was informed by Arthur Russell’s ‘Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun / Let’s See’ from his only solo album World of Echo (1986).


Though the piece is not a direct transcription, it attempts to explore components of the sonic world presented both in the track and across the album in general.

[ BFl., BCl., Perc., Vln., Vla., Vc. ]

2020

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1'

serein

for several music boxes

serein (noun)

'mist or fine rain falling from an apparently clear sky'


SEREIN is written for a non-specific number of music boxes playing the same roll.

[ 2+ MBox. ]

2020

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7'

Muted Dawn

for flute, harp & viola

‘Muted Dawn’ is a trio made up of seven short movements, inspired by George Shaw’s ‘Ash Wednesday’ series of paintings.

[ Fl.=BFl., Hp., Vla. ]

2020

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5'

kotiya

for 4 players

'kotiya' is a short piece for four players, written in one week. The title refers to a subspecies of leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) native to Sri Lanka.

[ Fl., BCl., Vln., Db. ]

2020

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1'

Fanfares

for 4 players

'Fanfares' was written to be performed over video conferencing software during the isolation period of the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020.

[ Cl., Hn., Tpt., Vln. ]

2020

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5:12

apricity

ambient electronic

apricity (n): 'the warmth of the sun in winter'

[ Electronic ]