Breath, for Orchestra
Premiered by the Royal Northern College of Music Brand New Days Orchestra, conducted by
Tjeerd Barkmeijer, with guest leader Benedict Holland. Thank you as well to the wonderful offstage strings players Amelia Dew, Phillip Rousiamanis, Anthony Jones, and Joseph Dawson, and my tutors Adam Gorb and Gary Carpenter.
This piece was written with the intention of exploring spacial aspects of sound and the orchestra.
The work opens with off-stage string soloists that connect with
on-stage soloists and sections within the orchestra.
This technique is used throughout to create a sense of sound moving from back to front, over and also through the audience.
A sense of breath, wind, and movement is meant to be felt physically as well as sonically.
Premiered by the Royal Northern College of Music Brand New Days Orchestra, conducted by Tjeerd Barkmeijer, with guest leader Benedict Holland. Also featuring offstage strings players Amelia Dew, Phillip Rousiamanis, Anthony Jones, and Joseph Dawson, and my tutors Adam Gorb and Gary Carpenter.
RNCM Brand New Orchestra, October 2019
Conducted by Riley Court-Wood
IRIDESCENT FLARES II,
for Orchestra & Live Painting
IRIDESCENT FLARES I,
This work is based upon the idea of light striking crystal and releasing bursts of iridescent colour and shapes.
This is expressed through collaboration between orchestral composition and painting practice.
The anatomic layers and sections of the painting are exposed from the beginning to end,
evolving and forming with the progression of the piece.
The completed work of art can be thought of as a remembrance, preserving the musical experience onto canvass as a more permanent art form and capturing the time-based
nature of music in its structure.
RNCM Brand New Days Orchestra, April 2018
Conducted by Peter Woffenden
for String Quartet
This is a work for string quartet in collaboration with painting. It has currently been developed into three movements and performed with live painting.
The composition came first, with an idea of capturing and expressing bursts of colour and light.
I created the still painting in response to the piece to convey the music in a visual way.
First performed by the Lux Quartet: Helena Logah, Philippos Rousiamanis, Peter Hartley, Alice Luddington at the Royal Northern College of Music, July 2017.
THE HIDDEN VEIL
for chamber opera
A man and a woman living in two separate worlds fall in love while discovering each other's existence although they can not see each other.
The Woman: Vanessa Guinadi
The Man: Ralph Thomas Williams
Soprano: Lucy Farrimond
Mezzo-Soprano: Flora Birkbeck
Violin - Gemma Bass
Viola - Nadia Eskandari
Trumpet - Gary Farr
Trombone - Raddon Stephenson
Percussion - Dan Nolan
Clarinet - Katherine Blumer
5 New Operas, Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera,
Friday, September 9, 1:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm,
International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, UK
for Soprano Saxophone & Piano
Comissioned by David Zucchi
RNCM Spotlight Concert: Style Transfer, December 3rd, 2019
Saxophone (Poppy Philigreen), Piano (Celia Denore Lopez)
This piece was inspired by the concept of solar eclipse,
when the sun is momentarily blackened, causing
temporary darkness on earth.
Light disappears for a moment
and is revealed again over time.
for string quartet
Fluxes, for string quartet has to do with flow and sudden change. It was performed at the Mining Institute in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, at the annual Northern Chords Festival by the Manon Quartet.
WHEN LIGHT DANCES UPON THE HUNGARIAN SEA,
for solo piano
This piece was inspired by an idea of glistening light on water and the Hungarian Sea, a land locked lake in Hungary.
Commissioned for the RNCM Piano Day, June 2017
Played beautifully by soloist Zijun Xu in the RNCM Concert Hall.
for singing solo viola
This piece was written from a concept of connecting viola and voice, performer and instrument as one.
The work consists of two parts which at times break off into separate elements and conjoin again.
Each line crosses over one another, creating a fluidity of roles. Both viola and voice are treated as equal, yet still unique in character.
First performed in May 2018 at St. Stephen Walbrook Cathedral, London. Commissioned and performed by Katherine Clarke.
for solo cello
First performed by Ovidiu Marinescu in November 2020 at First and Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Deleware, U.S.A. The piece explores light and reflects awaking and emergence after a period of sleep.
LIST OF WORKS
Iridescent Flares I (ca. 6'30") 2018
Iridescent Flares II (ca. 2'40") 2019
Iridescent Flares III (ca. 3'30") 2019
Breath (ca. 10' 30") 2017
Wind (ca. 1' 4") 2013
The Colours of Passing Memory (ca. 10'30") 2019
flute and clarinet
Ultraviolet, (ca. 7') 2019
soprano and string quartet
MIRAGES 1 (5'15"') 2019
bass clarinet quartet, contrabass clarinet, carnyx, electronics,
projection, live painting
Crystal Eclipse (ca. 8'20") 2018
soprano saxophone and piano
Hummingbird (ca. 2'15") 2017
Incandescence I, II, III (ca. 18') 2019
Transference (ca. 5' 53") 2017
soprano, violin, violoncello
Castle Hill (ca. 5' 45") 2017
soprano, string quartet
12 Tides (ca. 5') 2016
V - Inspired by Musica Ricercata No. 5 Ligeti (ca. 5') 2016
The Shore at Dawn (ca. 5' 20") 2016
2 classical guitars, soprano
Duet for Violin and Piano (ca. 1' 55") 2015
Fluxes (ca. 4' 30") 2015
Ruins (ca. 5') 2015
2 flutes, piano, violin, violincello
A Story With No Words (ca. 5') 2013
2 flutes, glockenspiel, piano, acoustic guitar, 2 sopranos, violin, violincello
First Light (ca 10') 2020
Ultraviolet Exposure (ca 5') 2019
Intertwined (ca. 7' 15") 2018
singing solo viola
When Light Dances Upon the Hungarian Sea (ca. 2' 05") 2017
Still (ca. 3' 35") 2015
Arrangements of Norwegian Folk Song
Over de Hoje Fielde (ca. 7') 2018
Sovenen (ca. 7')
Acapella voice trio: SSA
A Breath (ca. 3' 15") 2017
mezzo-soprano and piano
Flood (ca. 6' 10") 2017
SSAATTBB (and solo voices)
Dawendine (ca. 3' 30") 2017
soprano, mezzo soprano, flute, piano, violincello
Ways of Being (ca. 4') 2014
bass and piano
The Hidden Veil (ca. 8') 2018
Multi-Media and Collaborations:
Entr'Acte (22') 2018
mixed ensemble and electronics, for silent film
Light and Shadow (ca. 15') 2016
solo cello and live painting
Shaken (ca. 4' 20") 2017
for clarinet, cello, dancers
choreographed by Callum Green, Royal Northern Ballet
MOTUS 2 (ca. 60') 2016
for spoken word, soprano, bass, SATB, flute, shakuhachi, piano, bass, snare drum, dancers (solo and group choreography)
MOTUS 1 (ca. 45') 2015
for spoken word, soprano, violin, piano, female dancer, digital projection