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3 Sunsets

3 Sunsets, three miniatures for solo piano was premiered by Sebastian Grand as part of new music ensemble Vaganza’s day of concerts celebrating the 50th birthday of composer Kevin Malone at the University of Manchester. It featured alongside George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children, Christopher Rouse’s Surma Ritornelli and several works by students from the university.

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Excavations Workshop with Manchester Camerata

A recently completed string piece, Excavations, drawing on Purcell’s Fantazia in A minor (Z. 740) was workshopped by the Manchester Camerata and Clark Rundell on October 2nd as part of the Camerata’s Young Composers’ Project.

Books of Moses @ NOVARS Research Centre

A new tape piece, Books of Moses was composed at the University of Manchester’s NOVARS Research Centre for Electroacoustic Composition, Performance and Sound-Art. It is my first work for which I have undertaken a dedicated recording session from which all of the sound-material was drawn and it deals with issues of creation and re-creation, methods through which the old is assimilated and resurfaces in the new.

A private listening session and partial diffusion for postgraduate students at NOVARS Studio 1 took place on June 3rd alongside two other undergraduate works by Nicola Hicks and Joel Bankhead.

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non vogliono, camminano

non vogliono, camminano is an instrumental work for ensemble drawing its inspiration from a passage found in Primo Levi’s Se questo è un uomo.

It was premiered as part of the University of Manchester’s Student Showcase of new works on May 12th at the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, Manchester.

Programme Notes & Instrumentation

Bodies

Two things — a thousand things — meet face to face; two planets, the air on either side of a door, Leda and the Swan, Hemlock and Socrates, two hands, a river and the sea. Their orbits and collisions are history and life, the brushing and breaking of edges. Bodies, a new work for oboe and piano, is about these meetings and resolutions, about the border between being and not-being, where one body ends and another starts.

This was premiered by Emily Sleightholme, oboe, and Keith McAlister, piano, as part of the Distant Voices day focusing on the music of John White and Nina Whiteman.

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