(f/h)our hands | composition for two pianos (2021)
(f/h)our hands is a combinatorial work for two pianos written in Aug/Sep 2021. This composition is inspired by a quote by Bryn Harrison:
"It’s like looking at the hands on a clock...you can’t see that something is in motion but there’s an invisible transformation taking place. I wanted the shifts to be very subtle, for the listeners to arrive somewhere else without realising the journey they’ve made." - Bryn Harrison on shifting light (2006)
A score can be found below:
New CD of organ music recorded on the organ of St Agnes, Kennington Park
From September 2015 until September 2021, I was Director of Music at St Agnes Church, Kennington Park in London. For my departure, I recorded a CD of organ music to be sold at the Church. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The CDs are priced at £10, with all profits going to the Church.
1. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (J.S. Bach)
2. Father of heav’n, whose love profound
3. For the beauty of the earth (J. Rutter)
4. Now sleeps the crimson petal (R. Quilter)
5. Soul of my Saviour
6. Pari Intervallo (A. Pärt)
7. Spiegel im Spiegel (A. Pärt)
8. Cantique (E. Elgar)
9. Imperial March (E. Elgar)
10. Strumming Pattern (M. Geer)
11. Augustine’s Time (M. Geer)
12. Toy town Trumpeters (W. Davies)
13. Washington Post March (J. Sousa)
TEDx Talk - How schizophrenia can teach us to listen
As part of the international TEDx talks series, I was invited to give a talk in Belfast (this time online due to coronavirus restrictions) on how schizophrenia can teach us to listen. The short presentation explores my own experience with mental health as well as what we might be able to learn from people suffering from conditions such as bipolar, schizophrenia and psychosis. I hope that you enjoy!
Barbican debut - Beethoven 250 commission
As part of the Barbican's Beethoven 250 weekender, I was asked to write a piece for the event, in collaboration with the Barbican centre and GSMD. This was performed by the Lakeside Brass Quintet and Stephanie Foster (Soprano) on the 2nd of February on the Barbican FreeStage. It was a great turn out and wonderful opportunity to meet some fantastic musicians!
The piece I wrote Since we have no clues was a response to Beethoven's conversation books, speculating what the composer may have responded to questions written down in a notebook, due to his deafness. An web archive to the event can be found below:
With Mixed Effects - a new monodrama for 2020
With Mixed Effects is a 90-minute meditative monodrama set over the final three minutes of a person killing themselves by nitrogen asphyxiation. Written in mid-2019, the piece is inspired by the composers personal dealings with mental health. He writes:
"I didn't want to incorporate any thoughts or emotions into the dialogue specifically. The piece embodies the illness by using the body as an empty shell in which it self-destructs. Audience members are encouraged to meditate and immerse themselves into ones mindset as if they were experiencing suicidal ideation. The piece ends with a guided meditation."
Sane and Sound - a new chamber opera for 2019
Sane and Sound is a new chamber opera on schizophrenia, bipolar, major depressive disorder and psychosis. Based on real accounts of psychotic illnesses and mood disorders, the piece draws upon our relationship towards delusions and hallucinations whilst not taking away from the authenticity of what really goes on for the sufferer.
Performances in 2019
Wednesday 17th April (Milton Court Theatre)
Video recording featured to the right
Friday 12th July (West Smithfield - Culture Mile Festival)
Wednesday 7th August (Arcola Theatre, Dalston - Grimeborne Opera Festival)
All Sounds? - Writing for percussion
The idea of maximal diversity has been inherent in my compositions for the past few years. An intrinsic feature of any combinatorial system or permutational system is the inclusion of every possible way of presenting objects as a group. Investigating this further, I was fortunate enough to have my piece All Sounds? workshopped by the American percussion Trio Line Upon Line during their visit to London in 2019.