Written in collaboration with and performed by Tom McKinney, "...BREATHE..." is a reflection on my 'digital detox' during lockdown.
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.
tri/o: a concert-experience for improvising pianist, spoken voice, and electronics which blurs the line between human intuition and artificial intelligence.
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).
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.
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.
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.
tv & film:
selected list of works:
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
JOY (2020) 220.127.116.11 18.104.22.168 timp. strings - 5'
River Image (2019) 22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199 timp+3pc strings - 7’ *premiere 19.10.2019, Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra (con. Andrew Taylor) - Great Hall Reading University*
Summit Blue (2018) 188.8.131.52 184.108.40.206 pf/ce timp+3pc strings - 6’ *premiere 19.2.19, BBC National Orchestra of Wales (con. B. Tommy Andersson) - BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff*
Softly (2021) 4'
Something Exciting (2021) 4'
Eleven Pipers Piping (2020) SATB - 1'
Pulp (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*
...BREATHE... (2021) guitar - 5' written for Tom McKinney with support from Psappha
'3 Miniatures' from 'JOY' (2020) any instrument - 5' commissioned by Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra
Dust (2020) oboe - 3'
Blodeuo (Bloom) (2020) piano - 1’ premiered online by Rolf Hind
Variation on 'Berce les Ruines (after Poulenc) (2020) flute - 2’
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’
JOY (2020) flexible sextet - 5' commissioned by Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra
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
Cai’s Story (dir. Tudur Owen, 2019)
Nyrs Smith (dir. Hanna Jarman, 2018)
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