PRSF/ Esme Fairbairn Composers Fund

I feel very lucky to be one of twelve composers who has just been awarded a grant from the PRSF/ Esmee Fairbairn Composers Fund.  The Composers Fund will support the international promotion of my four operas and other key works and allow me time to imagine and plan a series of new projects. It’s a unique opportunity to properly address the promotion of my music and put time aside for some essential forward-planning.

The Franklin Effect

Electric Voice Theatre’s brilliant science and music CD, The Franklin Effect is now available to stream and download: Listen here to my DNA-infused piece, K-Ras

New music for percussion

Last month saw the culmination of my research project into percussion instruments. Funded by the Arts Council of Wales, I worked with percussionists O Duo (Owen Gunnell and Olly Cox) trying out five new compositions for combinations of drums, bells, bowls and gongs. Titled 'A Field Guide to Pebbles', I'm really looking forward to recording these later in the year.

New CD: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

I’m also looking forward to recording The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, with broadcaster Zeb Soanes, and the marvellous voices of Opus Anglicanum. The CD will be released later this year, alongside Sally Beamish’s wonderful ‘Sea Psalm’.

Night Dances

Night Dances, for flute and piano, has been selected as a set work for the new A level music syllabus in Wales (WJEC). A brand new edition of the score has been published by Cadenza Music and a recording by Catherine Handley and Andrew Wilson-Dickson is available on 'Ariel', a CD of music from Wales.

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New song-cycle for tenor and harp

I’m just about to begin work on a new song-cycle for international tenor Michael Bennett and harpist, Sandrine Chatron, principal harpist of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. The theme is the sea and dreams and the premiere will take place in the Northern Aldborough Festival in June.

Performances and Broadcasts

Available now on BBC iPlayer

The BBC Singers, conducted by James Morgan, perform an international programme of new music for unaccompanied choir, including ‘The Mariner’s Compass’. Recorded in October at St Giles Cripplegate, London. Broadcast on 12th February, available to listen again here:

An archive recording of my early orchestral work, ‘Blue’, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Martin Brabbins, at St David’s Hall, Cardiff in 1996. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 10th March.
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Friday 17th March, The Edge, Bath University, 18.00

Electric Voice Theatre’s Frances Lynch performs ‘Superwomen of Science’, including ‘Seven Dark Lines’, my mini-character study of the scientist, Mary Somerville.

Saturday 29th April, St Just in Roseland Church, Cornwall

Opus Anglicanum perform this set of twelve vocal pieces to accompany Zeb Soanes’ reading of the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem, ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’

Saturday 29th April, Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Electric Voice Theatre’s Frances Lynch performs ‘Superwomen of Science’, including ‘Seven Dark Lines’, my mini-character study of the scientist, Mary Somerville.

Thursday 29th June, The Chapel, Rudding Park, Harrogate, 11am

Michael Bennett (tenor) and Sandrine Chatron (harp) give the premiere of my new song-cycle, alongside works by Purcell, Dowland, Britten, Berkeley, Sally Beamish.