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St Magnus International Festival

Hebrides Ensemble premiere my string trio for St Magnus International Music Festival

Image design by Alan Buttar for St Magnus International Festival

I am delighted that the Hebrides Ensemble will perform the world premiere of my string trio, Green Deva, at St Magnus Catherdral, Kirkwall, Orkney, for St Magnus International Festival. The concert will be recorded and made available online as part of the festival’s Midsummer Nights strand. I am very excited to be part of a programme that includes Judith Weir, Alasdair Nicolson, Sally Beamish, Maxwell Davies and Britten.

Tickets available here.

Suite for Prepared Piano completed and recorded

Kamilla Arku recording my Suite for Prepared Piano

I have recently completed my Suite for Prepared Piano, started during a weekend in composing isolation at The Tractor Shed. The preparation for these pieces is fairly light — brass bolts are inserted between 14 strings, creating bell-like tones; blue tack is laid on several others, giving a plucked, stopped sound; most other notes sound as normal. The nine movements come to around 15 minutes, each one lasting between 45 seconds and several minutes.

I was lucky enough to have the wonderful pianist Kamilla Arku record the suite on a lovely Bluthner at Alice’s Loft studio. Engineering at this beautiful space were owner Denise Mangiardi, engineer Joe Wensley and assistant Antonio, who not only did a fantastic job but made the whole experience relaxed and enjoyable.

Kamilla will be performing this Suite next February in a concert series in London, so watch this space….