January 2015 I received the tragic news of the death of my former
Dartington colleague Bob Gilmore. I had just received a commission from flautist Will Sleath to compose a new work for himself and
the young Serbian accordionist Miloš Milivojevic, and I knew at
once that this work would become a homage to Bob, drawing inspiration
from a number of musical areas that he had helped me to appreciate.
this became a piece in an extended single sweep lasting about
14 minutes. Titled 'Transcending', it was premiered at the Exchange,
Penzance on June 20th 2015 and repeated shortly after at the Barabara Hepworth
Museum, St. Ives. However, I had a number of alternative starting
points still in my sketchbook and I came to realise that I had
actually initiated a much larger scale work in four movements.
completed work, now called 'Scending' - with the three new movements
preceding the one already performed - was premiered on Friday 28th April
2017 and recorded during the course of the following weekend.
The recording was engineered by Kieran Clark and edited, mixed
and mastered by myself.
commissioning of Scending was made possible thanks to the generosity
of the Britten-Pears foundation, to whom I am very grateful.