educator ~ performer
work for electric guitar and digital delay pedals
new composition 'EMERGENCE', for electric guitar, EBow and
two Boss DD-20 digital delay pedals was premiered on Friday
28th October 2016 at the Somextro Symposium, Falmouth University.
The event began with a lecture on the construction and scoring
of the work, followed by my giving a complete performance
lasting around 35 minutes.
forms a companion piece to my 2013 work 'Echoes of a Lost
Music', and has been written with a view to building up a
body of solo guitar compositions to take on tour.
called to account after the premiere performance.
colleague Bob Gilmore, as I shall always remember him
(for flute and accordion) premièred
my new four movement work for flautist and accordionist, received its première on April 28th 2017
at the Exchange, Penzance. A studio recording followed shortly after, which can now be heard on my composiiton page.
'Scending' was commissioned
by flautist William Sleath, who also performed the work
with accordionist Miloš Milivojevic. Funded by the
Britten-Pears Foundation, the work pays homage to my ex
Dartington College colleague Bob Gilmore, who died in January
lasts nearly 45 minutes and comprises the following four movements:
'Scending II: DE-Scending'
'Scending III: A-Scending, DE-Scending'
'Scending IV: TRAN-Scending'
cover image by Christopher Best
latest novel now published
new novel Mobius joins the three short stories I now have
published as e-books on the website Smashwords (also distributed
by Barnes & Noble, i-Tunes, Sony, Kobo and many others).
All are available FREE for immediate download. To visit
the site, go to my writing page and follow the link. More
publications are on their way.
Flautist Will Sleath
Rohan de Saram
de Saram (cello) and Will Sleath (flute) premièred
my new work 'FRAGILITIES as part of an exciting programme
of contemporary works for cello and flute. The performance
took place on 27th November 2014 at Falmouth University,
followed a day later with a second performance at the Exchange,
Penzance. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. A studio
recording is now in preparation.
work's title reflects its preoccupation with the fragilities
and ambiguities of sound: sounds isolated by silence; sounds
on the borders of silence; tones on the borders of noise;
sounds growing from and dying to nothing; the suggestions
and fragmentation of theme, ambiguities of tempo and pulse.
The commission was made possible thanks to the generosity
of the Britten Pears Foundation.
di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni.
new composition for the Fisarchi Ensemble of Italy, a setting
of Sonnet 21 by Michelangelo Buonarroti, was completed in
December 2012. Scored for two female voices, accordion and
string trio, it attempts to capture the artist's introspections
upon ageing and death, and forms a single movement lasting
about twenty minutes.
text is as follows:
.....Chiunche nasce a morte
nel fuggir del tempo; e ’l sole
niuna cosa lascia viva.
Manca il dolce e quel che dole
e gl’ingegni e le parole;
e le nostre antiche prole
al sole ombre, al vento un fummo.
Come voi uomini fummo,
lieti e tristi, come siete;
e or siàn, come vedete,
terra al sol, di vita priva.
.....Ogni cosa a morte arriva.
Già fur gli occhi nostri interi
con la luce in ogni speco;
or son voti, orrendi e neri,
e ciò port il tempo seco.
Finalist in the International Composition Competition Città
composition 'Night Walking' for alto flute, bass clarinet,
violin and violoncello (premiered by Ensemble Kokoro in 2006)
reached the finals of this year's international composition
of the Teatru Manoel in Valletta, Malta,
the thrilling venue for the premiere of 'How Great,
How Fall'n' in its
new orchestral incarnation.
Schembri conducting 'How Great, How Fall'n'
photo courtesy Mariella Cassar
musicians surround the audience in the auditorium.
photo courtesy Light Composing
new orchestral version of my choral piece 'How Great, How
Fall'n' was successfully premiered on 10th December 2011
at the Teatru Manoel, Malta.
Audiences expressed afterwards how moved they were by the
experience of being surrounded by strings and bells sounds.
It was great to have been able to attend both rehearsals
and performance, thanks to the generous support of Sound
and Music and the British Council.
more information about the original version of 'How Great,
How Fall'n, please click
flowers with fellow composer and concert organiser Mariella
photo courtesy Light Composing
of a Lost Music tour with Louvelle Dance
successful performances at University College Falmouth and
the Barbican in Plymouth, Echoes of a Lost Music, in the
guise of Emma-Jane Louvelle's dance piece 'In The Flesh',
concluded its tour on Tuesday March 13th 2012 at the Bierkeller
Flesh' in rehearsal
photos courtesy Nadine Bauer