'The Enraged Musician' (2017) for Quartet
My intention with this piece was to write something unequivocally raucous and theatrical, and – most importantly – a piece like which I had never written before. The piece is based on Hogarth’s The Enraged Musician and features many elements of the engraving: the barking dog, the small girl with the ratchet – the general cacophony of the scene. The opening of the piece contains elements of the Overture to John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, a poster of which is also featured in the scene. The piece was premiered at Cadogan Hall, London in June 2017 as part of the Royal College of Music's 'Rising Stars' concert series.
'...a woman singing' (2017) for Mixed Sextet
For Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Trombone, Violin, Viola and Cello. Composed for the RCM Composers' Studio 2016-17.
'Skylight' (2016) for violin duo
’Skylight’, after the David Hare play of the same name, is a fierce duel between two violinists, ideally rather separated from one another spatially (though other configurations can be experimented with). It should be a constant battle, with very little room to breathe, in which both players demonstrate very different characteristics from the other, even if they are both working around very similar material. My sincere thanks to Emma Oldfield and Ellie Consta for workshopping this piece and giving the premiere of it.
'Requiescat: In Memoriam Roz Kelly' (2016) for flute, clarinet, harp and strings
Roz Kelly was a wonderful lady I used to sing with in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir. In July 2015, she lost her two-year-long battle with cancer, strong in spirit to the end. Though the musical contents of the piece have nothing to do with these events – I simply began it around the same time she passed away – her family said they felt music had within it the kindness and tenderness that they all remember her for. I am proud to dedicate the piece to her memory.
'Hef' (2016) for clarinet quartet
This short piece was commissioned by the Temple Ensemble and premiered in March 2016. The title of this piece came to me towards the end of the compositional process. Simply put, I had a lot of musical material I felt to be ‘vulgar’, and ‘Hef’ was the first sound that came to mind.
'Harmonia' (2014) for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and cello
This piece was premiered at the Dartington International Summer School in Summer 2014, conducted by Mark Simpson.