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.

MUSIC

 

ORCHESTRAL

BREATH,

for Orchestra

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,

for orchestra

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

CHAMBER

INCANDESCENCE,

for String Quartet

Incandescence - Lux Quartet
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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

CRYSTAL ECLIPSE

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.

FLUXES,

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.

 

Fluxes (excerpt) - string quartet
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SOLO

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.

 

When Light Dances Upon the Hungarian sea - RNCM Piano Day, Zijun Xu
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INTERTWINED,

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.

LIST OF WORKS

Orchestral:

Iridescent Flares I (ca. 6'30") 2018

Iridescent Flares II (ca. 2'40") 2019

Breath (ca. 10' 30") 2017

Wind (ca. 1' 4") 2013

Chamber:

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

chamber orchestra ​

Incandescence I, II, III  (ca. 18') 2019

string quartet

 

Transference (ca. 5' 53") 2017

soprano, violin, violoncello

 

Castle Hill (ca. 5' 45") 2017

soprano, string quartet

12 Tides  (ca. 5')  2016

wind quintet

V - Inspired by Musica Ricercata No. 5 Ligeti (ca. 5')  2016

wind quintet

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

string quartet

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 

Solo:

Ultraviolet Exposure  (ca 5') 2019

solo accordion

Intertwined (ca. 7' 15") 2018

singing solo viola

 

When Light Dances Upon the Hungarian Sea (ca. 2' 05") 2017

solo piano

Still (ca. 3' 35") 2015

solo piano

Vocal:

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

Opera:

The Hidden Veil (ca. 8') 2018

mixed ensemble

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

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