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A Field Guide to Pebbles
Percussion Duo (12’)
I Logs and Shells
II Pedalling Man
III Panjangle
IV Harrison's Stone
V Bell Patterns
Funded through a research and development grant from the Arts Council of Wales
Big Star Rising
Orchestra: 2.2.2.2/ 2.2.0.0/ 3pc; hp; pf; str (13’)
Selected for a workshop recording by the Brunel Ensemble conducted by Christopher Austin in Bristol, 1996. Has not received a public performance.
Blue
Orchestra: 2.2.2.2/4.3.3.1/4pc; hp; str (14’)
Commissioned and first performed by Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Michael Bell, October 1994 in Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff.
Winner of the 1995 BBC National Orchestra of Wales Young Composers Competition and performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, at St. David's Hall, Cardiff in January 1996.

BBC Radio 3 broadcast in October 1997.
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
fl(picc); cl(bcl): bsn; tr; trb; pc; 2vln; vla; vlc; db (72’)
A live film score for the London Mozart Players, commissioned and toured with funding from the Arts Council of Wales and the Colwinston Trust.
Funded by the Arts Council of Wales and the Colwinston Trust.
Premiere and Wales tour by the London Mozart Players, conducted by Michael Rafferty:

28th April 2009 - PREMIERE - Newport, Riverfront Centre
29th April 2009 - Brecon, Theatr Brycheiniog
30th April 2009 - Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
1st May 2009 - Aberystwyth, Arts Centre
2nd May 2009 - Builth Wells, Wyeside Centre
3rd May 2009 - Harlech, Theatr Harlech
4th May 2009 - Holyhead, Ucheldre Centre
5th May 2009 - Pwllheli, Neuadd Dwyfor
6th May 2009 - Caernarfon, Galeri

Further performance by Huddersfield University, 29th October 2016.
Captain Blood's Revenge
Opera in 1 Act (60’) with a libretto by Martin Riley.
Cast: Salty Sue: mezzo soprano, Raggy Sam: tenor, Billy Bone: baritone, Captain Blood: bass/ Ens: acc; pno; vln; db
AN OPERA FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES (aged 7+) COMMISSIONED BY GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA FOR A PREMIERE AT THE BRIGHTON FESTIVAL IN MAY 2013. TOURING AUTUMN 2013 TO CANTERBURY, EXETER, MILTON KEYNES, NORWICH, PLYMOUTH, STOKE-ON-TRENT AND GLYNDEBOURNE.
Catching Shadows
Orchestra: 3.3.3.3/ 4.3.3.1/ 4pc; hp; pf; str (12’)
Funded by the Arts Council of Wales for a premiere by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff on 29th April 2015.
Celtic Song
Choir (SSATB) and string quartet (15’)
First performed 11th Oct. 2000 in Norwich Cathedral by the Norwich Festival Voices and the Schidlof String Quartet, conducted by Nigel Cliffe.
Cries Like Silence
soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass-baritone, SATB choir and orchestra: 1.1.2.2/2.2.3.0/org/pc/str
Optional children's choir, bass drums, electric guitars, brass (14’)
Text: ee cummings: these children singing in stone
Ted Hughes: Crow’s Account of the Battle
Portsmouth Grammar School commission, with London Mozart Players
12th November 2006 - PREMIERE - Portsmouth Cathedral, performed by Portsmouth Grammar School and the London Mozart Players, conducted by Nicholas Cleobury.
26th November 2006 - St James Church, Louth, Lincolnshire - Louth Choral Society with the LMP, conducted by Martin Pickering.
11th November 2007 - Portsmouth Cathedral - Portsmouth Grammar School and the London Mozart Players, conducted by Nicolae Moldoveanu. Soloists: Sophie Bevan, Ben Johnson, Carolyn Dobbin, Dawid Kimberg.
The Face in the Mirror
Opera in 1 Act (50’) with a libretto by Martin Riley.
Cast: Children's Chorus (S/A) / Ens: cl (bcl); pc; cel; hp; vn; va; vc; db.
Commissioned by Welsh National Opera for the WNO Singing Club - a chorus of forty 10-14 year olds - for a premiere at the Blakehay Theatre, Weston-Super-Mare on 16th June 2012 and on tour in Wales and England in June/July.
16th June 20012 - PREMIERE - Blakehay Theatre, Weston super Mare
23rd June 2012 - Gwyn Hall, Neath
30th June 2012 - Guildhall, Gloucester
7th July 2012 - Richard Burton Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.
floating turning spinning
Oboe d'amore and harp (7’)
Commissioned by Okeanos (Jinny Shaw: oboe; Lucy Wakeford: harp) with funds from the David James Music Trust and the RVW Trust. Premiered at the University of East Anglia, March 2001. Numerous subsequent performances by Okeanos and recorded on the cd ‘Horizons’ for ASC records: ASC CS CD51
Grrr...
Solo organ (10’)
Commissioned by Paul Ayres with funds from the Kenneth Leighton Trust. Composed for the organ of St. Paul's Cathedral, London and premiered there in September 1998. Numerous subsequent performances by Paul including a tour to Australia and New Zealand.
Gwyneth and the Green Knight
Opera for family audiences in 2 Acts (55’ + 45’) with a libretto by Martin Riley
Cast: Gwyneth: soprano, Morgan le Fay/ Lady Bertelak: mezzo-soprano, Gawain: tenor,
Arthur/ Ma Ogre: baritone, Father/ Lancelot/ Pa Ogre: bass baritone,
The Green Knight/ Lord Bertelak: bass, Mordred/ Anselm/ Baby Ogre: boy treble

Ens: fl(pc); ob(ca); hn; tr; trb; 2pc; hp; 2vn; va; vc; db.
Words: Martin Riley
Commissioned by Arts Council of England (libretto) and Stephen Arlen Memorial Award (music). First performances in Wales (Brecon, Bangor, Cardiff, Mold, Swansea) in April 2002 by Music Theatre Wales. Revived in 2003 for performances at the Royal Opera House (Linbury Studio), London and on tour across England and Wales.
British Composer Award winner in 2003
11th April 2002 - PREMIERE - Brecon, Theatre Brycheiniog
13th April 2002 - Bangor, Theatr Gwynedd
17th April 2002 - Cardiff, Sherman Theatre
18th April 2002 - Cardiff, Sherman Theatre
24th April 2002 - Mold, Theatr Clwyd
25th April 2002 - Mold, Theatr Clwyd
26th April 2002 - Swansea, Taliesin Arts Centre
27th April 2002 - Swansea, Taliesin Arts Centre
4th May 2003 - London, Royal Opera House (ROH2)
5th May 2003 - London, Royal Opera House (ROH2)
6th May 2003 - London, Royal Opera House (ROH2)
7th May 2003 - London, Royal Opera House (ROH2)
13th May 2003 - Basingstoke, The Anvil
8th July 2003 - Sheffield Lyceum
10th July 2003 - Oxford Playhouse
12th July 2003 - Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre
16th July 2003 - Buxton Opera House2
2nd July 2003 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Hall of Mirrors
Six pianos (9’)
Piano Circus commission funded by the Performing Rights Society Foundation.
18th April 2008 - PREMIERE - Newcastle University, King’s Hall
28th October 2009 - Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom
30th October 2009 - Nairn Community Centre
29th November 2009 - Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire Music Centre
13th February 2010 - London, Hoxton Hall
13th April 2010 - Cardiff University Concert Hall
18th February 2011 - Lighthouse, Poole
House of the Gods
Opera in 2 Acts (60’ + 45’) with a libretto by Martin Riley
Cast: Lily: soprano, Ma: mezzo-soprano, Crom: tenor, Jack: baritone, Da: bass

Ens: fl (pc); cl (bcl); bsn; tr; tba; pc; hp; vn; va; vc; db.
Words: Martin Riley
Commissioned by Music Theatre Wales with support from Cardiff 2005, ACE, ACW, the ACW/PRSF New Notes scheme and the Jerwood-MTW New Opera Plan. The production was supported by The Britten Pears Foundation and The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust. House of the Gods was a co-production with Theatr Brycheiniog supported by the Welsh Assembly Government and the Arts Council Of Wales through the Arts Outside Cardiff production fund. Toured the UK in 2006.
Nominated for the British Composer Awards in 2007
12th May 2006 - PREMIERE - Brecon, Theatr Brycheiniog
15th May 2006 - Brighton Festival, Theatre Royal
29th May 2006 - Mold, Theatr Clwyd
3rd October 2006 - London, Royal Opera House (ROH2)
4th October 2006 - London, Royal Opera House (ROH2)
9th October 2006 - Basingstoke, The Anvil
29th October 2006 - Oxford Playhouse
2nd November 2006 - Sheffield Lyceum
9th November 2006 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre
12th November 2006 - Cardiff, New Theatre
22nd November 2006 - Huddersfield Festival
25th November 2006 - Durham, Gala Theatre
i carry your heart
mezzo-soprano and cello or piano (3’)
Words: e e cummings
The original version for voice and cello was composed as a wedding gift to friends of the composer, performed by Philippa Reeves and Claudine Cassidy in April 2003. A new arrangement for voice and piano was commissioned by 'Celebrating English Song' and publicly premiered by Julianne de Villiers and Christopher Gould in Tardebigge, Worcestershire, 25th July 2004.
Indigo Eyes and Silver Glances
Fl; hp; va; vc. (7’)
First performance by the Cambridge New Music Players, London, March 1997.
Interlude
Solo cello (4’)
First performance by Vicki Higginson, Cardiff, March 1995.
K-Ras
2 sopranos, 2 countertenors (5’)
Commissioned by Electric Voice Theatre.
First performed by Electric Voice Theatre on 22nd October 2015 at King's College, London. Further performances on 28th October 2015 at the Science Museum, London.
The Legend of Boscale Tarn
Two cellos (2’)
First performance by Andrew Schulman and Philip Sheppard, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Oct. 1998. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Love, it is said...
soprano and piano (5’)
Words: Arnold Birtwistle
Commissioned by Don Aldridge, Bill & Kate Barratt and Marjorie (Birtwistle) Sheldon, in memory of Arnold Birtwistle. First performed by Donna Bateman and Christopher Glynn in Tardebigge, Worcestershire, 25th June 2006
Lullaby for Ianto
Solo piano (4’)
Commissioned by Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts with funds from the ColwinstonTrust. First performed by Gretel Dowdeswell on 28th August 2007 in Presteigne, Wales
maggie and millie and molly and may
mezzo soprano and piano (3’)
Words: e e cummings
Commissioned by 'Celebrating English Song' with funds from the Kay Trust for a premiere by Diana Moore and Christopher Glynn in Tardebigge, Worcestershire, 29th July, 2012.
The Mariner's Compass
unaccompanied double choir: SATB (6’)
Commissioned by Presteigne Festival with funding from The Colwinston Trust.
Premiere by The Joyful Company of Singers, conducted by Peter Broadbent, Pretseigne Festival, 23rd August, 2014.

Further performances by Cardiff University, conducted by Rob Fokkens (2nd December 2014, Cardiff University Concert Hall) and BBC Singers, conducted by James Morgan (7th October 2016, St Giles Cripplegate, London)
The Mermaids' Lagoon
Harp solo or piano duet (6’)
The original version, for solo harp was first performed by Elinor Bennett at the Go West Festival in Haverfordwest, September 1995. The piece was later taken up by harpist, Lucy Wakeford, who has given the work numerous subsequent performances and a BBC Radio 3 broadcast. Lucy has recorded The Mermaids’ Lagoon on the cd ‘Horizons’ for ASC records: ASC CS CD51CD.
In 1998 Lynne made an arrangement of the piece for piano duet for a premiere by David Appleton and Kate Ryder at the Chard Festival in May 1998. Its most recent performance in this version was given on 28th June 2008 at the Lower Machen Festival in South Wales by the piano duo, Evgenia Startseva and Yuri Paterson-Olenich.
Night Dances
Flute and piano (10’)
Commissioned by the Stratford English Music Festival with funds provided through the Regional Arts Lottery Programme by West Midlands Arts. First performed by Gareth Hanson and Charles Matthews on 12th October 2002 in Stratford-upon-Avon. Subsequent performances by Lynne Plowman and Andrew Wilson-Dickson for PM Music Ensemble and by Catherine Handley and Andrew Wilson-Dickson including a recording on “Ariel: Music for flute & piano by composers from Wales”: A0267-CD.
Nocturne
Cello and piano or flute and piano (8’)
The original version, for cello and piano, was commissioned by the Guild of Welsh Composers with funds from the Arts Council of Wales for a premiere by members of the Saskia Trio in June 1998 at the Lower Machen Festival, South Wales. There have been several subsequent performances by various players. Lynne Plowman made a later arrangement of the work for flute and piano for performances by David Appleton (piano) and herself (flute).
Rain
Percussion Duo (4’)
Commissioned by O Duo with funding from the Britten-Pears Foundation.
Premiere: 5th July 2014, Chelteham Festival.
Also performed at the Machynlleth Festival, 19th August, 2014.
The Return of King Raedwald
bass-baritone solo
fl(pc); ob; bcl; hn; hp; pc; 2vn; va; vc; db. (20’)
Words: Fragments of Anglo-Saxon stories, riddles and poems translated by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Commissioned by Wingfield Arts, supported by the Hinrichsen Foundation and the Arts Council of England with funds from EU ERDF. First performance by Andrew Slater and the London Mozart Players, directed by David Juritz: 6th July 2001, Eye, Suffolk.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
5 male voices: counter tenor, 2 tenors, baritone, bass. (20’)
Words: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1. There was a ship
2. Red as a rose
3. I shot the albatross
4. Becalmed
5. The Nightmare Life-in-Death
6. The Curse
7. A spring of love
8. The Mariners
9. I shot the albatross II
10. The lighthouse top
11. Vespers
12. The sky and the sea
Commissioned by Opus Anglicanum.
Premiere 8th October 2016, The Mercers Hall, London
12th November 2016, Bristol
19th November 2016, Bosham Church near Chichester
24th July 2017, Worcester Three Choirs Festival
Round Round Midnight
Cl; sax; tr; trb; mba; vib; pf; 2vn; va; vc; db. (4’)
A canon on the 1944 Thelonius Monk jazz standard. First performed by Charlie Barber and Band, Cardiff University, 1993.
Seguiriya I
Solo piano (6’)
Composed for David Appleton and first performed by him in Cardiff, December 1994. Recorded by David for a BBC Radio 3 broadcast in June 1995.
Seguiriya II
Fl; cl; vn; vc; pf. (6’)
An arrangement of the solo piano piece for PM Music Ensemble - performed several times around the UK during the 1990’s.
Seven Dark Lines
solo female voice (5’)
Words: Mary Somerville
Commissioned by Electric Voice Theatre.
Premiere by Frances M Lynch on 1st August 2016 at The Book Club, Shoreditch, London. Playing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Valvona & Crolla, venue 67) from 6th to 27th August 2016.
shimmering glimmering
Twelve women’s voices (12’)
Words: ‘Ave generosa’: Abbess Hildegard of Bingen
Composed for The Curate's Egg, directed by Adey Grummet, for a premiere in the Walsingham Festival, Norfolk, September 1998. Featured on BBC Radio 4's 'Woman's Hour. Several subsequent performances in London by The Curate’s Egg and also a workshop by the BBC Singers. The most recent performance was by The Curate’s Egg in London’s Spitalfields Festival on 13th June 2008.
Silver Moon
Fl; cl; hp; 2 vn; va; vc (9’)
Commissioned by Bromsgrove Concerts to celebrate their 40th anniversary. First performed by the Lucy Wakeford Ensemble, Bromsgrove, January 2003
Siren Song
mezzo-soprano and piano or mezzo-soprano and ensemble: fl; pc; hp; vn; va; vc (4’)
Original version for mezzo and piano commissioned by Les Azuriales Opera Festival. First performed by Anna Burford and Bryan Evans in St Jean Cap Ferrat, France, 25th August 2007.

Arrangement for ensemble commissioned by Contemporary Connections for a premiere by Frances Bourne and the Centenary Ensemble, conducted by Andrew Morley at St James's Piccadilly, London on 4th November 2011.
sky high blue
Oboe and harp/ piano (5’)
First performance by Nick Williams and David Appleton, Cardiff, 1993. A winner of the Cornelius Cardew Prize.
The Stargazer
Tenor voice and strings: minimum 4.3.3.2.1 (20’)
London Mozart Players commission, funded by East Lindsey District Council
16th October 2002 - PREMIERE - Louth, Lincolnshire, performed by the LMP with Ashely Catling (tenor), conducted by David Juritz. This work has received numerous performances around the UK since its premiere, including a BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the Wales Millennium Centre by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Andrew Staples (tenor), conducted by Grant Llewelyn. Recorded by Ashley Catling and the London Mozart Players, conducted by Michael Rafferty on the cd “The Stargazer”: ELDCCD0501.
String Quartet no. 1 “Between Places”
(10’)
First performance by the Bingham String Quartet, Bath Festival, June 1994.
String Quartet no. 2
(14’)
Commissioned by the Go West Festival with funds from the Arts Council of Wales. First performance by the Bingham String Quartet, Cardigan, September 1997.
Tales for the Dead of Night
Children's choir with piano accompaniment and optional solo violin (25’)
Words: Martin Riley
A cycle of five songs based on ancient Shropshire legends. The words and music were written with the pupils from five schools in Shropshire and Staffordshire. Commissioned by Shropshire County Council, Telford and Wrekin and Stoke on Trent Councils and West Midlands Arts.
Three Shakespeare Songs
tenor and piano (7’)
I Lullaby
II It was a lover and his lass
III Come away, come away, death
Commissioned by Stratford upon Avon Music Festival. First performance by Nicholas Mulroy and John Reid in Stratford Town Hall, 19th October 2006.
Water Break-Its-Neck
Wind quintet (5’)
Commissioned by Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts with funds provided by the Arts Council of Wales for a premiere by the Galliard Ensemble on 30th August 2010.
white stars green leaves
solo soprano, improvising vocalist, chime in D, choir: SAB (8’)
Words: Kevin Crossley-Holland: 'Naming You'; Edna St Vincent Millay: 'Counting-Out Rhyme'; Traditional: 'I See the Moon'
Commissioned by West Sussex County Council funded by the Ahead of the Game Cultural Programme.
23rd July 2011 - PREMIERE - Roche’s Arboretum, West Dean, West Sussex performed by community choirs of West Sussex, directed by Dessislava Stefanova.
who knows if the moon's a balloon
mezzo soprano and piano (3’)
Words: e e cummings
Commissioned by 'Celebrating English Song' with funds from the Kay Trust for a premiere by Diana Moore and Christopher Glynn in Tardebigge, Worcestershire, 29th July, 2012.