VOCAL AND CHORAL:
This poem, A Moment by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, explores a simple gesture; two characters speaking perhaps at once. The first voice is lost in nature, the second voice yearns unnoticed for the first. Coleridge describes a fleeting moment which has been stolen from us in this time of isolation.
Performed by Helen Charlston, Michael Craddock and Alexander Soares in St Pancras Clocktower.
ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING
Eleven Pipers Piping was commissioned by Corvus Consort and Freddie Crowley as part of their #TwelveComposersComposing project raising money for CRISIS UK. Producing a 30 second miniature might sound like a simple brief, but crafting a satisfying and developed work with just half a minute is no easy feat. Listen out for the alliteration of percussive ‘P’s and the hidden 11-beat pattern.
"When I stood..." is a short extract from the song-cycle "CANE FIRES" written with Emily Bishai.
Performed by Emma Roberts and Gamal Khamis at Ludlow English Song Weekend 2021.
3 LITTLE WELSH SONGS
3 o Ganeuon Byrion (3 Little Welsh Songs) performed by Esyllt Thomas (soprano) and Zoë Smith (piano) as part of the National Eisteddfod 2020 - Lliwiau'r Hydref, Yr Hebog & Cyfnos (Autumn Colours, The Hawk & Twilight).
INSTRUMENTAL AND ORCHESTRAL:
Written in collaboration with and performed by Tom McKinney, "...BREATHE..." is a reflection on my 'digital detox' during lockdown.
RIVER IMAGE is a depiction of the ever-changing identities of the Taff (South Wales) and the Thames (South England) across their course, over the seasons, and from night to day — these contrasts are presented like a multi-faceted crystal, slowly turning and revealing new colours embedded within.
RIVER IMAGE is written especially for amateur and youth orchestras in mind.
To the Stars is a colourful and poignant poem about the majesty of nature by the Welsh language poet Dafydd ap Gwilym - the poem inspired SUMMIT BLUE, a short image for orchestra that aims to capture some of the original imagery. There are moments in the music where stacks of sounds are revisited as if viewed from different perspectives.
tri/o: a concert-experience for improvising pianist, spoken voice, and electronics which blurs the line between human intuition and artificial intelligence.