Psappha premieres ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’

Psappha have announced their 2018-19 season, and it will feature my duet for violin and cello The Vanity of Small Differences. The concert will take place on November 15th at 7.30pm, St Michael’s, Manchester. Tickets and further details about the concert are here.

The piece was written on Psappha’s ‘Composing For’ scheme, and subsequently revised. You can hear the previous incarnation below:

Recordings: Locks of the Approaching Storm and Cast

Some snippets from a couple of my recent pieces:

Locks of the Approaching Storm for eight players

Performed by members of the Philharmonia Orchestra (cond. Diego Masson) at the Royal Festival Hall, London, 23rd June 2016.


Cast (after Moholy-Nagy) for piano soloist and nine players

Performed by Jin Hyung Lim (piano) and the University of York Chamber Ensemble (cond. John Stringer)in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York, 4th May 2016.

Uhtceare published and featured on Dark Inventions ‘Firewheel’

Uhtceare – a piece I wrote two years ago for York-based ensemble Dark Inventions – has been published by University of York Music Press and recorded on the Firewheel CD by the same ensemble.

The recording and the collection of published scores also feature pieces by the excellent Philip CashianStef Conner, Benjamin Gait, Martin Scheuregger and Christopher Leedham.

More details about the recording (including where to buy it from) can be found here. Alternatively, it is also available on Spotify.

The score and parts are available through UYMP here.

Terry Holmes Composer/Performer Award

This is a terribly delayed post, but a few months ago I received the Terry Holmes Composer/Performer Award with pianist Jin Hyung LimWe are currently working on a concerto for piano and ensemble that will be a response to László Moholy-Nagy’s wonderful rotating, metal-clanking, shadow-throwing sculpture Light-Space Modulator.

This will be my second time working with an ensemble under John Stringer‘s baton, now with University of York Chamber Orchestra. The piece will be performed in April 2016 (precise date tbc).

Light-Space Modulator






RPS Prize

Exciting news from the Royal Philharmonic Society: I have been awarded an RPS Composition Prize to write a chamber work for the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music of Today series. The full press release is here. We will be confirming the instrumentation over the coming months. The finished work will be performed on Thursday 23 June 2016, 6pm, in the Royal Festival Hall. The prize also involves taking part in The Philharmonia Young Composers Academy, which will include a number of seminars with Unsuk Chin and with the Philharmonia players.

UYMP publication and Dark Inventions recording

uymp-logo-1280x720Uhtceare will be published by the University of York Music Press and recorded by Dark Inventions as part of an Arts Council funded project for emerging composers. It will appear in a collection alongside works by Stef Conner, Benjamin Gait, Martin Scheuregger and Christopher Leedham. The recording will also feature Firewheel by Philip Cashian, which was commissioned by the ensemble last year.

Have a look at the press release on the UYMP website for more details.