|SONGS WITH ENSEMBLE|
of Light and Dark
- fl./picc. vla. pf.; 10 minutes (three movements)
moins cinq: Five Gémont Songs - mezzo-sop. alto fl. harp pf.
electr.(live) perc.(1) 3vls. 2vlas.
the Tide's Mercy - high voice vl. vc. pf.
|SONGS (WITH KEYBOARD OR GUITAR)|
Not Mingling: Four microtonal songs -
soprano and keyboard-triggered electronics.
Shakespeare Songs (From The Passionate Pilgrim) - mezzo-sop.
guitar; 9 minutes
Dreamers Know - mezzo-sop. and guitar; 10 minutes (six songs;
words by Thomas Hardy)
of the Midnight Wind mezzo-sop. pf. (to words by Emily Bronte)
Nights: Seven Songs to Words by Emily Dickinson - mezzo-sop.
Trace Known: Five Songs to words by Anne Cluysenaar baritone,
Mind Remember: Three Songs to words by Anne Cluysenaar baritone,
the Presence of the Angels
Leaves: Nine Variations on a Cryptogram - pf.; 11 min.
Games: a concert piece for piano, 7 minutes
(I, II, and III) (Vln, Pno, 2xPerc.) 9 mins.
puhallinkvintetille (fl, ob, cl(A), hn, bsn), 17 minutes (five
Written for the Auriga Quintet of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra for performances at Kings’ College Chapel, Aberdeen, Scotland, as part of the 2011 sound Festival, and at Kittilä and Rovaniemi, Finland, as part of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra Concert Series Autumn 2011.
- flute, oboe viola, 11 minutes (a companion piece to Holst's Terzetto)
Music - clarinet, string quartet, 16 minutes (three joined movements):
"The Bells of Rievaulx"; "Angel in a Thermal"; "Live with me and
be my love")
Commissioned by Dr Stephen Johnson
Conversation - cl. vl. vc. pf.; 5 minutes
First performance May 27th, 2000 at the Liverpool Tate, by members of RLPO Ensemble 10:10 (Nicholas Cox, Shirly Laub, Jonathan Aasgaard, Kathryn Page)
First London performance December 4th 2001 at The Warehouse, Theed Street by The Contemporary Consort (Sarah Thurlow, Alexandra Wood, Rosie Banks, Huw Watkins), on the occasion of the SPNM AGM
cl. bsn. pf.
First performances by them at Nurmes, Kuusomo, Lahti and Ruokolahti, and subsequently in the UK and USA.
and Cadenzas vl. pf. electr.(live); 16 minutes
First performed at The Victoria Rooms, Bristol and at The Royal Academy of Music, London, in February 1997 and May 1998 by Ruth Palmer (vl.) Masayuki Tayama (pf.) and the composer (live electronics)
"I really liked your concerto very much indeed . . . .marvellously played by Ruth" (Howard Davies, Professor, RAM)
for Three Cellos and Oboe
First professional performance by Pierre Doumenge, Graham Waterhouse and Geoff Palmer (cellos) with Melanie Ragge (oboe) at Swaledale Festival, 6th June 2004
Nocturnes oboe, pno
from Winter fl, ob, 2pft
Original version first performed May 1975 at The Recital Hall, Huddersfield
|ORCHESTRA AND LARGE ENSEMBLE|
|A Caedmon Symphony - Symphony Orchestra (2,2,3,2 - 4,3,3,1 - 5xperc. - pno, electr.guit - str.), Symphony Chorus, Concertino Choir, electronics, 54 minutes (four movements). Premièred on 18th November 2012 at The Music Hall, Aberdeen, by King's College Chapel Choir, University of Aberdeen Choral Society, University of Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra, and Pete Stollery (electronics), conducted by Christopher Gray. Read review|
Concerto: Cancri 55 (fl, ob, cl, bass cl, bsn, hn, tr, trb,
2 x perc, hp, vl1, vl2, vla, cello, bass), 17 minutes (one movement)
for Bassoon, Seven Solo Strings and Small Orchestra
Lament and Fugue for Wind Orchestra and Percussion
performance by TVYWO on 22nd April 2005, at Holy Trinity Church,
Ara - full orchestra (3233-4231-timp+3-str) 8 minutes
First performance on September 5th, 2002, at St Mary's RC Cathedral, Middlesbrough, by Tees Valley Youth Orchestra, conducted by David Kendall.
Fell to Sea - full orchestra (2232-4331-timp+3-str.); 11 minutes
First performed by the TVYO, conducted by David Kendall, at St Elizabeth's Church, Wroclaw, July 19th 2000.
Recorded, with interview, for broadcast by Polish Radio Opole at St Nicholas Church, Brzeg, July 20th 2000.
First UK performance at Coulby Newham RC Cathedral, September 8th 2000.
of Tess's Seduction chamber orchestra
In Nomine and Serenata for Tenor, String Quartet and String Orchestra
|STRING ENSEMBLE PIECES|
|String Quartet No. 5: Haec Dies (four movements, 21 minutes plus extra tuning time) First performed by the Edinburgh Quartet at King's College Chapel, University of Aberdeen on October 26th 2013, as part of the University's Concert Season, sound (Scotland's Festival of New Music), and the "Beyond the Semitone" symposium. Review|
Quartet No. 4: after Haydn (2009) 4 movements, 25 minutes
First performed in August 2009 by the Windermere String Quartet at the Music Port Milford Chamber Music Festival, and at York University, Toronto, in a project made possible by The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies.
Quartet No. 3: Within, above, beyond 20 minutes (one movement)
First performance July 10th 2000 at Cheltenham, by the Sorrel String Quartet, with live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (with interview)
"The composer's strengths lie in his realisation that, even in so emotive and emotionally loaded theme as (the Holocaust), the artistic and aesthetic are the key considerations . . . And what emerges here is a powerful, poignant and memorable piece that is devoid of mawkishness." (John Adler in Jewish Chronicle)
First overseas performance December 1st 2002 as part of New Music Concerts season, Toronto, Ontario, by the Accordes String Quartet.
Quartet No. 2: La Maestà; 12 minutes
SPNM-promoted performance by the Sorrel String Quartet at The Cheltenham International Festival of Music, July 1997
Extracted for inclusion on SPNM's CD "Short Cuts", April 1998
First broadcast performance (also by the Sorrel String Quartet, also from Cheltenham) live on BBC Radio 3, July 8th 1999, with interview. Repeat broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 20th August 2001
2vls, vla, 3vlc
Quartet No. 1: In Nomine
|SOLO STRINGS AND STRINGS WITH PIANO|
Country Sketches - solo violin, 8 minutes (five movements) "Castle
Cary", "Launcells Cross", "Watern Tor", "Wells Cathedral", "Wimborne
First performance (with dancer Antonia Grove and choreographer Raphael Bonachela) on 14th July 2003 at St Andrew's Church, Cheltenham, as part of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music.
First London performance (unaccompanied) on 29th February 2004 at The Purcell Room.
Reconciliation - solo violin, 8 minutes (one movement) Commissioned by New Music Concerts, Toronto, Canada. First performance 1st December, 2002, as part of the New Music Concerts season, by Fujiko Imajishi.
"Musical passion" (Robert Harris in The Globe and Mail)
Chansons for Violin and Piano
performance of this compilation by Ruth Palmer and Alexei Grynyuk
at Kings Place, London, on 1st March 2009, as part of the London
Chamber Music Society series.
for Violin and Piano; 10 minutes
Call to Lazarus 2vlc, pno
for Solo Violin
Golden: Three songs of despair and their joyful echoes - SATB
and harp, 15 minutes (to words by William Blake, William Shakespeare
and Gerard Manley Hopkins)
Better Things - SSB, orch (1020-121-perc(2)-pno-hp-elec guit(2)-str)
A choral/orchestral work for young people; words by J G Magee, the composer, and from Hindu tradition. Comprising eight movements: "Fanfare" "Sarajevo 1992" "Tiananmen Square 1989" "Antarctica 1912" "Dunblane 1996" "Farne Islands 1838" "Skies over Southern Britain 1940" "Dandi, India, 1930"
First performance by local musicians and schoolchildren, conducted by David Murray, on 2nd July 2003 at Stockton Baptist Tabernacle.
. . snatches of lovely oblivion . . . Four Songs to Poems by D.H.Lawrence
- chamber choir (SATB) and string quartet or string orchestra;
one-act opera; words by Anne Cluysenaar; soprano, tenor and bass/baritone
soloists and orchestra, 30 minutes.