The following piece was the new commission from Patrick John Jones. In such lofty company it would have been easy for the work of a young composer to be overshadowed, but Jones is clearly far too able and imaginative a composer to allow that to happen. Described as a descent in to and out of a bizarre musical ‘landscape’, the piece suggested certain affinities with the music of Harrison Birtwistle in its juxtaposition of musical blocks. However the comparison was not unflattering, as both the materials and the form were assured and compelling. As was to be expected the players once again delivered the music with both gusto and refinement.
James Moriarty, 4th December 2014
My next major project is going to involve writing a piece for The University of York Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Stringer. It will be performed at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York, in November 2015
This is the result of receiving the University of York Music Department’s Lyons Celebration Award. As part of the commission, I will also be a musician in residence at The Banff Centre in Canada next year.