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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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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