The Pale Dancer, a new recording

I’ve just noticed a new CD release from the Quatuor Ellipsos (a French Saxophone Quartet) which includes my piece ‘The Pale Dancer’. I wrote this work many years ago and although it gets played a lot this is only the second recording, and I know it’ll be a good one because they have a wonderful, […]

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Sappho Fragments

I’ve long been an Ancient Greece addict, and in the last few years I’ve enjoyed reading the translations of Diane Rayor and have always wanted to set some of them to music. This wish finally comes to fruition today, with the first performance of a song cycle, ‘Sappho Fragments’, for soprano and piano. This will […]

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Symphony Cocteau, first performance

I’ve suddenly realised that I have a very busy year ahead, starting with three premieres in the next couple of weeks. Kicking things off is the first performance of ‘Symphony Cocteau’, a long, four movement work for the more unusual combination of sax quartet and piano. This takes place in the US tonight, in New […]

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Ancient Greece CD released!

  Rody van Gemert’s new CD of guitar music (also featuring harpsichordist Assi Karttunen) has now been released on the Pilfink label. As a composer it’s fantastic to get performances of such a high quality and so carefully recorded. A million thanks from me to these two wonderful performers!! And I think it’s a great […]

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London Blues 6

I’m gradually developing a series of guitar pieces, called ‘London Blues’ (inspired by the ‘Paris Spleen’ poems of Baudelaire). Number 6, which is a single movement work lasting 7-8 minutes, will receive its premiere at the London Guitar Festival at Kings Place on Saturday, performed by Joao Lima. And much thanks is due to Tom […]

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Copacabana…

This is probably the closest I’ll ever get to Copacabana beach! The Parsa Duo (Elizabeth Remy and Dale Henderson) performing my music at Forte Copacabana on the 22nd May as part of this year’s Rio Harp Festival.

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Venice!!

Venice!!! Alas, I’m not there…but my music is there today (17th June) at the Venice Biennale, in the Research Pavilion, as part of the multi-media event ‘Et in Arcadia Ego’. This includes performances of my harpsichord pieces ‘Pastorale’ and ‘Rondeau’, and excerpts from these are also used in the accompanying soundscapes. Many thanks to Assi, […]

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London Blues 1-4 on CD

Congratulations to Mari Mäntylä, whose latest CD has just been released! The disc opens with my four ‘London Blues’ pieces which Mari commissioned a couple of years ago. I’m very much looking forward to hearing this.

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Lyric Fragments in New York

Tomorrow, in Staten Island, New York, Jon Wintringham will give the first performance of ‘Lyric Fragments’ for alto sax and piano. It’s a short piece that grew out of some previous vocal settings of Sappho.

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Pastorale 2, premiere in Oulu

Today, I have the first performance of ‘Pastorale 2’ for organ. This will be given by Ilpo Laspas, at the beautiful modern Karjasilta Church in Oulu. It would be great to be there – not only to hear the piece but to also get some real winter weather!!

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