educator ~ performer
sonorities and an engaging sound world..."
Sleath, flautist, after commissioning 'Fragilities')
this site you can listen to extracts of my music, download scores and recordings, read
articles and fiction that I have written
and learn about my current projects. I am always keen to discuss
creative projects, commissions or performances of my work. It
is the life-blood of any composer to be writing and to be heard.
If you are a performer, conductor, choreographer, visual artist,
director or writer etc looking for fresh musical dimensions,
then please make
in its simplicity and deserves to be heard...."
Music Reading panel)
am a freelance composer who lives and works in the South West
of England. I have written almost sixty major works and received
wide critical acclaim. Major commissions include Emilyn Claid
and Co, Scottish Dance Theatre, Bimba Dance Theatre, Jamaican
National Dance and the SPNM. Works have been written for ensembles
including ‘Aquarius’, ‘Jane’s Minstrels’,
‘Kokoro’, the choir of Selwyn College Cambridge
and ‘Onyx Brass’, plus a host of distinguished soloists.
Many of my pieces have also been shortlisted and selected by
the SPNM reading panel.
output includes; 'Emergence' for electric guitar,
EBow and pedals, commissioned by the Somextro Symposium, Falmouth;
'Scending' for accordion and flutes, commissioned
by Will Sleath and Miloš Milivojevic, funded by the Britten
Pears Foundation;Fragilities' for cello and
flutes, commissioned by Rohan de Saram and Will Sleath, also
funded by Britten Pears;‘Terra al Sol' for
voices, string trio and accordion, commissioned by the Fisarchi
Ensemble of Firenza; and'How Great, How Fall’n’
(orchestral version) commissioned by the Malta Philharmonic
mature and powerful work, able to portray the dark shadows of
loss that can unexpectedly creep into even the most joyful moments
in life...." (Dance
Europe - music
for 'Playfall', Scottish Dance Theatre)
of my work has been for contemporary dance, with major commissions
from Claid &
Co, Scottish Dance
Theatre, Bimba Dance Theatre and Jamaican National
is lovely music for dance, and it develops in a delightful way...."
Howard Skempton - music for 'Caught Up', Suits U2 Dance Co.)
for the dance piece 'Twilight
courtesy Indra Thiagarajah
University Performance Centre
photo courtesy Falmouth University
cover image by Christopher Best
inspirational tutorials and enlightened seminars have been of
a great value for my personal development as a young aspiring
composition student Kateryna Padlyevs’Ka)
am currently senior lecturer in composition at Falmouth
University in Cornwall. Between 1998 and 2010 I
worked at Dartington College of Arts, becoming a ‘Reader in
Music Composition’ in 2001. Before that, I designed and ran
H.N.D. and BA Degree courses in composition at Coventry University,
the first of their kind anywhere in the country. I have twice
been artistic director (music) of the Composers/Choreographers
Exchange at the South Bank in London and have conducted similar
workshops in Spain, Holland and Sweden. Between 2005 and 2007
I co-ran the Music and Dance Exchange (m&de) at Dartington
College of Arts with internationally acclaimed choreographer
is a beautiful story. I cried when I read it the first time...."
5 star review of 'Olivia's Secret Wish)
addition to my musical work, I am an avid writer of fiction,
having completed two novels: 'The Moor Inn Fire' and 'Mobius',
as well as numerous short stories and a TV script. I have also
written articles on music and dance collaboration and created
or adapted texts for my own compositions. More information and
downloads can be found on the writing page.
funny, chilling and heart-warming.... once I started reading,
I couldn't put it down....."
5 star review of 'Bramblewood')
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