'Colwall Requiem for Aleppo' has been commissioned by the choir of my local church in Colwall. It is a setting of the Requiem Mass with some additional movements taken from the Psalms and other religious texts.
'We're all in the same boat' is an event happening on Sunday 11th December 2016 at 2-3pm on Millennium Bridge, London. Artist Fion Gunn, choreographer Sarah Rubidge and composer Liz Johnson will be walking, dancing and singing our way across the bridge starting from the St Paul's side.
Triptych I received a spine-tingling premiere performance on Wednesday 5th October as part of the Elements Exhibition at Elmslie House in Malvern. Baroque and contemporary specialist Lucy Russell gave two performances of the new piece, alongside works by Bach and Telemann. As part of the evening, Lucy and I discussed the creation of the work, inspired by Dora Williams' beautiful and enigmatic painting Triptych - a scarred series. A wonderful collaboration.
I'm still floating on air since our amazing week of recording the new clarinet quintet Sea-change, which features five different clarinets for one player, with string quartet.
Watching Medusa - a new unaccompanied song for voice and shaky egg - inspired by the voice and talents of singer Loré Lixenberg, setting words by poet Jo Shapcott.
Five clarinets; one player - contra, bass, Bb, D and Eb. Just spent two days with Ron Woodley exploring each instrument in depth for the new clarinet quintet - working out a choreography of instruments. All sounding amazing and the finished piece will be recorded in July with the Fitzwilliam Quartet.
Ronald Woodley and Andrew West's first rendition of Wild Man Dances in the Adrian Boult Hall inspired a new poem from Worcestershire poet laureate Heather Wastie - go to the News page to see it...
Only a few days to wait before Wild Man Dances explodes onto the stage - two huge pianos sparring… it should be very exciting...