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selected works & complete work list

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selected works & complete work list

vocal music:
3 Little Welsh Songs & A Moment
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). 
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
concert music:
Extract from Summit Blue performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conducted by B. Tommy Andersson at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Tuesday 19th February 2019.
To the Stars is a colourful and poignant poem about the majesty of nature by the Welsh language poet Dafydd ap Gwilym - the words weave a glorious painting full of light and dark that evoke vast landscapes producing a piece perfect for St. David's Day.
The essence of 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.
The effect is of glistening prisms of music that continually orbit the listener — a steady rhythm is slowly interrupted, the harmony shifts quickly from moments of warmth to coldness, colours in the orchestra are spotlit for a moment before gently fading away.
Can a machine learn like a person? Can a person learn like a machine? 
tri/o: a concert-experience for improvising pianist, spoken voice, and electronics which blurs the line between human intuition and artificial intelligence. Groundbreaking technology fused with words ripped from newspapers will make you rethink what makes you human. tri/o is a piece for improvising pianist, live electronics, and speaker / singer (this can also be performed by the pianist) developed for the RWCMD Atmospheres 2020 festival to be performed in the Richard Burton Theatre
Recorded on 13th February in Penarth, Cardiff, with the City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra and Martin McHale.
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.
The first image is a joyful picture of the rustling of fast flowing water, rippling chirps of nearby birds, and reflections of clouds playing on the stream’s surface. Listen out for the repeated two-note stutter first introduced by the oboe that transforms into many different guises throughout the piece; an exciting syncopation in the flutes, a soaring melody in the Eb clarinet, and a heroic fanfare in the trumpets. 
The second, darker mood is inspired by the artificial re-routed rivers that flow beneath both towns feeding Reading’s canals and that fuelled Cardiff’s busy water-side trade dating back centuries. As the water creeps below the surface, a dark chugging rhythm drives the momentum of the music to uncomfortable lurches.
RIVER IMAGE was first written for the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Taylor and this revised version was first performed in October, 2019 in Great Hall, University of Reading.
tv & film:
Voice(s) and piano
Englynion y misoedd (Calendar poems) (2020) baritone and piano - 8' commissioned by Welsh Music Guild as part of the Paul Mealor Bursary for Student Composers - written for Jeremy Huw Williams and Paula Fan
A moment (2020) mezzo-soprano, baritone and piano - 1.5' premiere 29.7.2020, Helen Charlston, Michael Craddock & Alexander Soares - 'Isolation Songbook' St. Pancras Clock Tower London, City Music Foundation - featured on the Isolation Songbook CD released by Delphian Records March 2021
Le soir (2020) soprano and piano - 6' 
Cane fires from the cabin of a plane (2020) mezzo-soprano and piano - 5’ premiere TBA, Ludlow English Song Weekend 2021
3 o Ganeuon Byrion (3 Little Welsh Songs) (2019) baritone or soprano, and piano - 4’ premiere 3.2.2020, James Atkinson and Gamal Khamis - Ludlow English Song Weekend Preview Concert, Marylebone London

Orchestral
River Image (2019) 3.3.3.3 4.3.3.1 timp+3pc strings - 7’ *premiere 19.10.2019, Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra (con. Andrew Taylor)  - Great Hall Reading University*
Summit Blue (2018) 3.3.3.3 4.2.3.1 pf/ce timp+3pc strings - 6’ *premiere 19.2.19, BBC National Orchestra of Wales (con. B. Tommy Andersson) - BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff*

Choral
Zhî (2018) 4-part mixed choir, violin, viola & cello - 6’

Voice(s) and ensemble
Cassandra (2018) mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble - 10'
Installations & Electronics
_fiint (2020) film - 4’ *commissioned by National Library of Wales 'Unlocking Our Sound Heritage' with National Lottery Heritage Fund and British Library*
tri/o (2020) improvising pianist, voice and live electronics - 17’ *premiere 1.5.2020, Derri Joseph Lewis - Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama ATMOSPHERES Festival*
11al_loop (2019) 4 loudspeakers - n/a *commissioned by National Museum Cardiff HWYRNOS / LATES*
Walls of Brass (2019) bass viol and electronics - 6’ *premiere 9.5.2019 , Liam Byrne - National Centre for Early Music, York* **winner of NCEM Young Composer Competition 2020** ***broadcast 24.11.2019 - BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show***
look_out (2019) 4 loudspeakers and screen - n/a *supported by Welsh Government / RWCMD REPCo*

Solo
Dust (2020) oboe - 3'
Blodeuo (Bloom) (2020) piano - 1’ premiered online by Rolf Hind
Walls of Brass (2019) bass viol and electronics - 6’ 24.11.2019 - BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show***
Eridu (2018) piano - 4’ *premiere Rosemary Kreit - OXO Tower Southbank, London*
Night's Bright Moon (2018) piano - 8’ *premiere Grace Wong - OXO Tower Southbank, London*
Three Bagatelles (2017) piccolo 5’ 

Chamber  
Madchester (2020) brass quartet (cnt.,hn.,btn.,euph.) - 5’ 
Gwyl Werin (2020) piano trio - 5’ *premiere 10.1.2020 , Gould Piano Trio - Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, Cardiff*
Fingers of the Light (2019) chamber winds (2fl.,2ob., cl.(C) 2cl.(Bb), bsthn. bcl., 4hn., 2bsn.cbsn.) - 4’ *premiere 11.2.19 , con. Nicholas Carpenter - Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, Cardiff*
Rodin in Rome (2019)  mixed septet (cl.(Bb),bsn., tpt.(C), tbn., vn., vla.,db.) - 4’ *premiere 28.3.19 , Berkeley Ensemble (con. Mark Bowden) -Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, Cardiff*
The Abbey Quarter (2019) chamber brass (4tpt.(Bb) hn.(F) 3tbn.btbn, tba., opt. tubular bells) 3- 8’ *premiere 16.1.19 , con. Roger Argente - Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, Cardiff*
Gwyl Werin (2018) flute, clarinet, violin, cello - 10’ winner of the 2018 folk:RNN composition prize, premiered by New Music Players and Patrick Bailey at St James' Sussex Gardens, Paddington 
Film Credits
Cai’s Story (dir. Tudur Owen, 2019)
Nyrs Smith (dir. Hanna Jarman, 2018)

Theatre Credits
Spring Awakening (dir. Caroline Byrne, 2019) - Caird Studio
Rhybudd Iaith Anweddus (dir. Hanna Jarman, 2018) - National Eisteddfod
The Night Watch (dir. Lee Lyfford, 2018) - Richard Burton Theatre
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