Stalactites and Stalagmites won first prize in an online competition hosted by fideliomusica.org in which participants voted for each other’s works in a series of different rounds. A further short piano piece, Nocturne (see video below ) was also a finalist.
Scores for all pieces are available on request.
Variations on a Noble Theme features Kate Conway (violin), Michelle Taylor-Cohen (violin), Nina Kopinska (viola), Anterro Manocchi (cello). Recording sponsored by Gordon and Alicia Menzies, the theme being their wedding music.
Autumnal Sketches features the composer on piano, with Tom Philpott (viola) and Simon Macrae (clarinet)
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This has proved to be one of my most popular pieces: a love story with a gentle theme cast in a Romantic harmonic language, urged on by calypso rhythms, with stormy outbursts in the middle and a Debussian reworking of the main theme near the end. The piece presents an unusual but coherent blend of stylistic elements and is very pleasing to play, though difficult (grade 7 or 8) in places. With thanks to Phil Taylor Pianos.
Moonlight from Sunlight makes reference to the ever-popular broken chord style of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, using rhythmic cycles to create a more modern minimalist piece yet with a Romantic heart to it. The static middle section is in C sharp minor like Beethoven’s Sonata. The piece is part of a triptych, with ‘The Spinning Wheel’ and ‘Sleep’, aiming at a not-too-difficult performance level and an imaginative but easily accessible musical style.
The Prelugue in D was the winner of the competition for a new organ work held in 2010 by the SEWOA (South East Wales Organist’s Association) and was premiered by Paul Hale at Llandaff cathedral on the (then brand new) organ by Nicholson. The recording here features Paul Hale playing the Nicholson instrument at Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire. The piece is a fusion of prelude and fugue, thus the title.