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Performances in Japan

Thanks to Assi and Rody for all the performances they are giving on their Japan tour!

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Beyond the River God

I’ve been fortunate enough to have some excellent and memorable performances in Cambridge in recent times; from the likes of MIfune Tsuji, Jin Theriault, and Tamar Halperin (I still have vivid memories of that mainly Bach concert). And I’m looking forward to returning there soon to hear the first performance on the piano of my […]

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Delfica

UK premiere of Delfica!

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Sounding Board

The latest issue of ‘Sounding Board’ (from the British Harpsichord Society) is out now. There’s a fine mix of articles, including a discussion where Assi Karttunen and I reflect on the composition and performance of new harpsichord music. If you’re interested, here’s a link; Sounding Board

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Turn’d to Bayes

It’s the first performance today of ‘Turn’d to Bayes’, a setting I did of a poem by John Lyly. It’s for soprano (Katja Vaahtera) guitar (Rody van Gemert) and harpsichord (Assi Karttunen) and is at the Aino Ackté-festival in Helsinki. It’s a concert on the theme of Daphne and Apollo, with music and readings. It […]

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Serenata

The Penzance Youth String Orchestra are one of the best young string ensembles in the country, regularly appearing at national music events in London and Birmingham. They are lucky to have an inspired and tireless director, the viola player Tim Boulton. For a number of years now I’ve discussed with Tim the idea of composing […]

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Trio Cocteau in London

I’ve never given much consideration to self conscious questions of ‘style’, preferring instead to view each work I write as an individual musical exploration at a particular moment in time. I try to make each piece focus on certain qualities of experience, and the manner in which the notes arrange and model themselves is discovered […]

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Delfica in New York

Incredible – a year has rushed past since I last wrote a news item for this site. Not because it’s been a quiet year, rather the opposite, and there’s a lot of catching up to do. It was about a year ago that I received a commission from the pianist Michael Tsalka for a new […]

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New work for guitar

Our ears have become so conditioned by the ubiquitous nature of sonata form – organic development, the linear structuring of ideas – that it’s almost impossible to hear any piece, even a modern one, without this template at the back of one’s mind. The idea that a piece is ‘goal-driven’, that it moves towards a […]

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Arche

So far these ‘news’ items have tended to be about individual pieces, often around the time of a first performance, but I’ve been too busy to find time to write very many of these posts. Right now though, the roof is leaking, there are builders hammering away for the next week or more, and I […]

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