It’s Important to be Able to Return (2016)

for string trio

This piece was commissioned by Ensemble Chartreuse, and was premiered by them at MISE-EN PLACE, Bushwick, NYC, 10 June 2016

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How Animals Grieve (2016)

for percussion quartet, with two marimbas (one 5 octave and one 4.3) and custom bell plate (A2, by cymbalsmith Matt Nolan, available at price of shipping from Third Coast Percussion)

This piece is dedicated to the memory of my cousin James Shiel, and his son Andy.  It was commissioned by Third Coast Percussion, and was premiered by them at Constellation (Chicago, USA) in June 2016.

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Remember Me? (2015)

a 40-minute set of variations on Dido’s Lament for two pianists with one piano, two toy pianos and an array of other ‘toys’

This piece was commissioned by HOCKET, and was premiered by them in November 2016.

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Interaction II (2015)

for amplified ensemble of bass clarinet, violin and percussion with video projection of same bass clarinet and violinist

This piece was commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub Scheme, and was premiered at LSO St. Luke’s in January 2016.

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Just Before the War with the Eskimos (2014)

for two violins, double bass and two custom-cast bronze bells

This piece was commissioned by the Change Ringing Ensemble, and was premiered at Limewharf, Dec 2014, with Darren Bloom Conducting.
The performers are: Eloisa-Fluer Thom (Violin), Ed McCullagh (Violin), Jakub Cywinski (Double Bass) and Tom Lee (Percussion).

An early sketch from 'Just Before the War with the Eskimos'

An early sketch from ‘Just Before the War with the Eskimos’

 

 

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The Geometry of Clouds (2015)

for Piano Quartet

This piece was written for the 2014 Aspen Music Festival, at which I was the Polonsky Fellow in Composition, and was revised the next year for the Tanglewood Music Centre where I held the Elliott Carter Memorial Fellowship.
The performers are: Lifan Zhu (Violin), Jacob Shack (Viola), Jesse Christenson (Cello) and Andrew Hsu (Piano)

Photographs from the rehearsals and recording at Aspen

Photographs from the rehearsals and recording at Aspen

 

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The Dialect of Lunatic Hurricanes (2014)

for Wind Quintet

This piece was commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia for their Opus2014 Competition.

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Arrangements of Five (2013)

for Clarinet Quintet

This piece was premiered on 14th October 2014 by The Riot Ensemble.

The score is available to view on Issuu:

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How to Avoid Huge Ships (2013)

for Wind Quintet

This piece was premiered on 21 May 2013 at The Forge by the Atea Quintet, as part of the second New Dots concert.

As I was away for the premiere, I produced a short introductory video to the piece:

You can view the score here:

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Every Riven Thing (2013)

June 22, 2013
2:30 pmto4:30 pm

for Baritone and Piano

A setting of Christian Wiman’s poem (from which the title is also taken), premiered on 22nd June at the Aldeburgh Music Festival by Henry Manning.

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