London Guitar Festival premieres

I’m back in Penzance now after a fantastic weekend at the London Guitar Festival. It’s rare that I’d have two premieres on one day but on Saturday lunchtime I had a fantastic performance of ‘Masques’ given by Dimitris Soukaras – he’d really grasped the character and moods of the music and brought the piece to […]

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US premiere of White Book 2

It’s a fair few years since my set of piano pieces ‘White Book 2’ were first performed at Wigmore Hall by Mark Tanner, and now the complete set is finally getting its US premiere thanks to Albert Kim. He’ll perform these at the San Francisco International Piano Festival this Saturday. I am also very fortunate […]

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I’ve joined Composers Edition!

I’m really pleased to be able to say that many of my scores are now available through Composers Edition, with more to follow. This is perfect for me, as it’s a growing company with an international reach, and run by friendly people! Now I no longer have to worry as to whether the shopping cart […]

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Naïvement – Rondeau, first performance

The What Guitar Trio gave the first performance of a new piece (commissioned by the IGF), Naïvement-Rondeau, at the London Guitar Summit on the 20th July. This is yet another work of mine that takes some of its inspiration from the compositions of Couperin.

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London Blues 6 – recording

I’m delighted to have been included in a project that has been instigated by guitar maker Gary Southwell. Some of his guitars are made from 5000 year old(!) fenland black oak, and to showcase these incredible instruments he’s produced a compilation CD featuring a number of different performers – these include the likes of David […]

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Serenata Notturna for guitar orchestra – premiere in Finland

Many thanks to the Avonia Music Institute in Finland for commissioning a work for their guitar orchestra which was premiered at the Turku Conservatory last Saturday. It was a fascinating commission to fulfil because they wanted each of the three movements to explore specific intervals. So I fashioned the melodies of each section from precise […]

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Sound Sketches published by EVC Music Publications

I’m delighted that EVC Music Publications have taken on the Sound Sketches series that I wrote a few years ago. The books had great reviews on both sides of the Atlantic but I struggled to find any time to promote them. Now, with Elena Cobb’s company, they can reach a wider audience. Thanks Elena!!

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Yoro in Madrid

‘Admiring Yoro Waterfall’ has found its way to many parts of the globe in the last few years and is one of my most travelled pieces. Tomorrow it’ll have it’s first performance in Spain, given by Mahan Esfahani. And many thanks to Mahan for including it in this recital at the Fundacion Juan March in […]

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Figures from Watteau – first performance

Today, March 2nd, sees the last of three recent premieres. This time it’s a piece for two guitars, ‘Figures from Watteau’, given by Rody van Gemert and Jose Casallas. This takes place in Espoo, in Finland. As always, I’m very grateful to Rody for his suggestions on guitar writing, and this time very much to […]

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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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