July 2015

Premiere of my concerto for Recorder and Strings at Ryedale Festival at Pickering Church, north Yorkshire.
With the dream team of Charlotte Barbour-Condini, recorder, Fitzwilliam String Quartet, Adam Summerhayes, violin, Malcolm Creese, bass, Asaf Sirkis, percussion. A joyous event.

2013 : a big year

April 2013 saw a commission from London Chamber Orchestra for a three-movement piece, based on Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 for the David Gordon Trio + the orchestra, which was premiered at London’s Cadogan Hall. The third movement also featured 110 children from the orchestra’s ongoing workshop project. Then I was the harpsichord soloist in the Brandenburg Concerto. Nice full day’s work.
May 2013: new set for Respectable Groove which was premiered at King’s Place as part of the Bach Unwrapped Festival. The set was entitled ‘Bach and the Organist’s Daughter’, and featured, among other things, an improvised fugue on a theme whose notes were chosen by the audience. In the same month, the ‘Grinton Concerto’ for baroque string band and Charlotte Barbour-Condini on recorder, co-written with Adam Summerhayes, was premiered at the Swaledale Festival.

‘Semmerwater’ the opera

This community opera – or musical play – was commissioned by the Swaledale Festival in 2009 to a libretto by renowned poet and children’s writer Ann Pilling. The performance included about 150 performers – singers, actors and musicians, the vast majority of whom were children – as well as an eight-piece version of the professional chamber group London Concertante. To our immense surprise and delight, the project received an AMI (Ability Media International) award (now known as an ‘Amy’).

Queen’s Farewell Stomp

In 1995, I was asked by the London Oboe Band to write a jazzy version of James Paiseble’s ‘Queen’s Farewell’, which he was required to write for the Funeral of Queen Mary, exactly 300 years earlier. The resulting piece, which refers to the early jazz style of New Orleans funeral music, was recorded on the London Oboe Band’s CD Playhouse Aires, released on Harmonia Mundi Records, and given extensive airplay on BBC Radio 3. Oboists from around the world have asked me to send out copies of the music, which I’m still happy to do. A sequel – Enter The Witches, for six-part oboe band – is also available. Click here to enquire about getting hold of music.

On the subject of the oboe family, thanks to cor anglais-player extraordinaire Alison Teale, my arrangement of my tune Bebop Tango for cor anglais and piano has gained a bit of following. Enquiries about this too here.

Piazzolla and Beyond

This is a CD released at the end of 2009 on the Harmonia Mundi label, performed by London Concertante, and written and arranged by Adam Summerhayes and myself. The repertoire is a mixture of Piazzolla’s music and our own, and was chosen as Stereophile’s Recording of the month.
‘A riveting, dramatic, even sexy listen’  BBC Music Review.