concert works

Blue Electric

Libretto: Libretto: Alba Arikha
Director: Hugh Hudson

Based on Alba Arikha's acclaimed memoir, 'Major/Minor'.
40-minute work-in-progress version premièred at RADA on August 7th 2018
(Tête-à-Tête Festival).

The Shepherd’s Song

Words: Edmund Bolton

For my mother at Christmas.
For mezzo, contralto and bass.
Sung by Arianna and me (x2).

To a child dancing in the wind

Words: W.B. Yeats

For my stepdaughter on her 15th birthday.
For mezzo, horn and piano.
Sung by Arianna (the birthday girl).

Thro’ midnight streets

Words: William Blake

A setting of Blake's *London*
Premièred by the New London Children's Choir at the Barbican in March 2017

Commissioned by the New London Children's Choir

Forgotten Voices of the Great War

Words: Max Arthur

Song Cycle for soprano, tenor, baritone, cello & piano (12 songs)

Soprano: Anna Dennis
Tenor: Matthew Long
Baritone: Simon Wallfisch
Cello: Oleg Kogan
Piano: John Reid

Trust your heart

Words: E.E. Cummings

For my wife on her birthday.
For mezzo and bass.
Sung by Arianna and me.

A Winter’s Tale

Words: Dylan Thomas

SSA and piano.
Sung by the New London Children's Choir.

Commissioned for the 2014 'Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia' Festival

Charade

For violin and piano.
Premièred at the Casa dei Mezzo Festival in Crete in June 2014.

For Tennyson

For horn and piano.
Commissioned by his father for a talented young horn player.

Secrecy

Libretto: Rupert Thomson

Based on the novel by Rupert Thomson.
Work in progress.

Soon

Libretto: Alba Arikha

Chamber Opera

Messiah

Director: Chris Swann
Words: Chris Swann (after Isaiah)

On-going film project

18th century costume drama highlighting the plight of London's abandoned children and celebrating the three great men who sought to find a solution.

What Is the Word

A setting of Samuel Beckett's last poem scored for 2 sopranos, cello and narrator

Sopranos: Helen-Jane Howells, Sophie Daneman
Cello: Vanessa Lucas-Smith
Narrator: Robert Bathurst

Commissioned for the Kapoor Chamber Concert Series

Instructions To Four Walls

A setting of W.S. Merwin's poem, scored for two sopranos, two contraltos, harp and glass harp.

Sopranos: Helen-Jane Howells, Sophie Daneman
Contraltos: Caroline Sartin-Smith, Diana Moore
Harp: Lucy Wakeford
Glass Harp: Anna Szafraniec

Commissioned for the Kapoor Chamber Concert Series

Care-charmer Sleep

Words: Samuel Daniel

For four voices (unaccompanied).

Soprano: Anna Dennis
Countertenor: William Towers
Tenor: Ben Breakwell
Baritone: Jonathan Brown

Commissioned for the Kapoor Chamber Concert Series

Quo vadis?

For oboe, clarinet and bass clarinet.

In the bleak midwinter

Words: Christina Rossetti

A new (punter friendly) setting of a classic text.
SSAATTBB unaccompanied.

Commissioned and sung by the choir of St. George's, Hanover Square

The Heart-in-Waiting

Words: Kevin Crossley-Holland

SSATB unaccompanied.

Commissioned and sung by the choir of St. George's, Hanover Square

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Words: Emma House

For large ensemble and narrator.
Narrated by Michael Gambon.

Red Riding Hood

Fynnish Fantasia

for clarinet, trombone, tuned/un-tuned percussion and bass

A tune and a good deal of percussion for my energetic, young nephew.

Never doubt I love

Words: William Shakespeare

For 4 voices and string trio.

Soprano: Anna Dennis
Countertenor: William Towers
Tenor: Julian Forbes
Bass: Gabriel Gottlieb

For Anna

for flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, harp, violin and cello

A lullaby to celebrate the arrival of my goddaughter.

Tread lightly

Words: Oscar Wilde

For Charlotte.
For mezzo, cello and piano.
Sung by Michaela Betts.

Sheep like stones

Words: Jenny Overton

Advent carol.
SATB unaccompanied.
Sung by the choir of St. George’s, Hanover Square.

For piano and horn

Adagio for violin, recorder, horn and piano

For Gabriel

When days are long in May

Words: Jaufré Rudel
Translation: Frederick Goldin

Wind Quintet No.1

The Swarm

For string quartet.

Played by the Vellinger Quartet.

No more be done

For string quartet.

Played by the Vellinger Quartet.

Sleeping Beauty

Words: Emma House

For large ensemble and narrator.
Narrated by Harry Enfield.

Commissioned by The Gaudier Ensemble

Ominous

For string quartet.

Played by the Vellinger Quartet.

The Canticle of the Sun

Words: St Francis of Assisi
Translation: Adrian House

SATB unaccompanied.
Sung by the choir of St. Michael’s, Cornhill.

Carry her over the water

Words: W.H. Auden

For Sasha and James on their wedding day.
SATB unaccompanied.
Sung by Synergy Vocals.

The Villagers’ Carol

Words: Kenneth Grahame

For friends, one Christmas.
SATB unaccompanied.
Sung by Synergy Vocals.

Red Riding Hood

Words: Emma House

For large ensemble and narrator.
Narrated by Harry Enfield.

Commissioned by The Gaudier Ensemble

The Pied Piper

Words: Emma House

For large ensemble and narrator.
Narrated by Simon James.
The Gaudier Ensemble.

The darkling thrush

Words: Thomas Hardy