fanfare from the stars (2019) for three trumpets
Based on transcriptions of stardust from a comet, fanfare from the stars opens with a triumphant call to attention before shooting off to explore the night sky.
the singing tree (2019) for string quartet
workshopped with Members of The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra at Music Faculty, Oxford February 26th 2019
upcoming recording with Armida Quartet as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Festival Peter Reynolds Composition Studio May 2019
No one looking at a tree would ever think that you would hear anything if you put your ear to the trunk. But inside lies a flurry of activity and a sound world that if only now being explored. Following correspondence with Alex Metcalf of The Tree Listening Project and Dr Stephen Harris of the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford, the singing tree takes inspiration from transcriptions of oak trees and delves is into the inner workings of one of the most iconic trees of the English landscape .
dances to accra (2018) for solo violin and string orchestra
premiered by The Purcell School Philomel Orchestra at St George's Church Hanover Square, London April 19th 2018
dances to accra was written for The Commonwealth Resounds and focuses on musical traditions from Ghana. The piece is based on aural transcriptions of Kpanlogo, originally from the Ga tribe, with the solo violin leading the orchestra through the vibrant countryside Ghana into the thriving city of Accra.
from earth to juno (2017) for mixed quartet
written for Ensemble Entropy; premiered at IKLECTIK Lab March 25th 2017
from earth to Juno was written for Ensemble Entropy. The music is based on a transcription of the morse message sent from the spacecraft Juno to earth and is heavily improvisational.
bulawayo railway (2016) for string trio
premiered by Members of the Heath Quartet as part of the Dartington International Summer School Advanced Composition Course, August 26th 2016
broadcast on BBC Radio 3 June 13th 2018
bulawayo railway was inspired by my grandfather’s time in Zimbabwe as Station Master of Bulawayo Railway Station. Based on transcriptions from Garratt steam trains used during the time my grandfather was there, the piece explores some of the many events that took place during my family’s time in Zimbabwe and is dedicated to Roland Ernest Jones.
the waggle dance (2019) for violin and piano
workshop with Ensemble ISIS November 27th 2019
The waggle dance is a figure of eight dance performed by honeybees to tell other bees where to find nectar and pollen. The bee will turn one direction so many degrees, indicating the food source in relation to the sun, and then the opposite direction indicating the food source in relation to the hive. Inspired by this the waggle dance uses transcription from bees performing this dance to illustrates a potential journey a bee might make, from dizzying highs to percussive lows culminating in an ecstatic finale.
the jellyfish blues (2019) for string quintet
written for Chris Roe and ANIMA Ensemble
premiered by ANIMA Ensemble at Jacqueline du Pré Building, Oxford May 31 2019
Over the last few years scientists have gained a greater understanding of how marine life interacts with each other as well as the surrounding environment. Based on transcriptions of underwater migration of jellyfish form the American Geophysical Union, the jellyfish blues follows the aimless journey of a group of jellyfish as they migrate towards the surface.
LUMEN (2018) for string quintet
collaboration with Jack Philp Dance Company
supported by Arts Council Wales, Cardiff University Physics and Astrophysics School and Chapter Arts; Premiered at Dance House, Cardiff October 27th 2018
LUMEN was written for the Jack Philip Dance Company and generously supported by Arts Souncil Wales, Cardiff University Physics and Astrophysics School and Chapter Arts.
norholmen (2017) for string quartet
premiered by the Gildas Quartet as part of St Magnus International Festival Composers' Course at Peedie Kirk United Reformed Church, Orkney June 19th 2017
norholmen was written as part of the St Magnus International Festival Composers' Course 2017. Written as a response to local poet Fiona Sanderson and inspired by local folk music, norholmen attempts to capture the ghostly nature of lost souls at sea.
neuron (2016) for piano trio
premiered by Fidelio Trio at Rambert Dance Company, Southbank, January 26th 2016
neuron was written for the Fidelio Trio and was inspired by the playful description of neurons in the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology.