24 August 2018

A Northumbrian Anthem

Yesterday saw the completion of A Northumbrian Anthem, a five-minute piece for organ. It was written to specific requirements which I hope to have fulfilled to the letter. 

The brief may have seemed restrictive to start with, but in the event it proved a more than suitable vehicle for what is now an anthem of love, gratitude and hope. 

A computer simulation will be released on the date designated for the première, 23 November.   

08 August 2018


I report completion of LoA, a ten-minute chamber piece for nine instruments (Head Space, Oboe/cor anglais, Soprano/alto saxophone, Lever harp, Electric guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double bass).

This is a commission from North Music Trust as part of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Royal Northern Sinfonia. The première is scheduled for 22 September 2018 in Sage Two, Sage Gateshead, by RNS players and guests.

The programme notes are available in the relevant part of this blog.

There is also an alternative version of this piece for ten instruments, with a trumpet and a bassoon replacing the rather unique Head Space, and instrument which has been developed for the specific requirements of the extraordinary musician Clarence Adoo.

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