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Gallery View: Graphic score for collaborative improvisation), duration approx. 6 minutes (2020)
Created in collaboration with the creative technology of Jon Crews: A 6x6 grid of images, to which players and groups were invited to respond. A piece was constructed of all the contributions from 30 different musicians and groups; the images with their attached audio responses is presented online and can then be arranged like a musical jigsaw.
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You may delay, but time will not: For 3-part open score remote ensemble, duration 2 1/2 minutes (2020)
This piece is a response to the Lockdown of 2020, due to the Corona Virus. Ensembles may perform it together over Zoom, or individuals may record their line individually. Recordings are then collated. The latency, lags, patchiness and lack of conductor are part of the sound-world of the piece.
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Rondo: For cello and piano, duration 4 minutes (2020)
An essentially tonal, playful easy-listening duet.

Tree, Knife, Sand: Coda: acoustic work, duration 2 minutes (2019)
Designed and performed by Janet and then recorded, mixed and produced by Alfie Crews, this is essentially a collaboration between Janet and Alfie, creating an evocative soundscape of wind and ocean, forests and time.


C-Level: For any three instruments, duration approx. 5 minutes (2017)
TThis is a free canon for three instruments which can share pitches, even if at the limits of their registers. It includes improvisation and loose notation, exploring the note C (or whichever note the different instruments choose). Premiered with marimba, oboe and voice, this wildly different version by TableMusic (piano trio) is from the Richmond New Music Collective concert 2017.
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Riddle Time: For percussion duo, duration 5 minutes (2017)
The work is based on three riddles about time and its passing; there is also a musical riddle hidden within. Commissioned by Miriam Mackie for the concert ‘Modern Times’; premiered by Rosie Bergonzi and Catherine Herriott.

Dryads: For Clarinet consort, duration 8 minutes (2016)
Written for the London Consort of Winds, for a project run by the London Composers’ Forum; written in collaboration with the dancer/choreographer Irene Fiorilino. Based on the idea of tree spirits, the work is rhythmically complex and has tricky solo parts.

Snaphots: For piano trio, duration 10 minutes (2016)
This is an appealing, colourful work in 5 short linked movements, loosely based on the 2002 work for strings, Bagatelles. This recording by TableMusic (piano trio) is from the Richmond New Music Collective concert 2017.
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Shop!: For toy xylophone, toy handbells, objects, duration duration open, depending on circumstance (2015)
Written for Contemporary Music for All (CoMA), this piece has each performer playing defined pitches / objects in response to people entering a venue. The outcome of the piece, and its duration, therefore depends upon the number of people, and their flow into the venue.

Fanfare Suite: For 3 cellos of mixed ability, duration 4 minutes (2014)
TA piece in ternary form with fanfare motifs introducing each section; rather fun, drawing on dance rhythms.

Five short pieces for double bass: double bass and piano, duration total 5 1/2 minutes minutes (2006)
1) 642 for double bass with piano – moody and multi-layered, with humming (1 minute 15”) 2) adumbra: for double bass with piano – free timing, db playing in the distance (c. 50”) 3) Devil to dance: for double bass with piano a cheeky character piece (c. 1 minute) 4) Elephants’ graveyard for double bass with piano, with reference to Saint-Saens (1. 15”) 5) Trinity for solo double bass – exploring the physicality of the instrument and the player’s relationship with it (1’ 15”)

The Journey Out: For string quartet, duration 8 minutes (2005, rev. 2015)
The first half of the quartet is based around a single tone, while the second half, with much use of pizzicato, has a blurred effect and makes use of a calling motif. At the end the single-tone attempts to return but the pizzicato material wins out. Recording: Performed by the Jubilee Quartet (Tereza Privratska, Julia Loucks, Stephanie Edmundson, Lauren Steel) in the 2015 concert by the Richmond New Music Collective.


43:Gigue and Sarabande: For hooboe, clarinet and piano, duration 10 to 13 minutes (2005)
This piece uses a significant element of chance to create a sense of play and energy between the performers as the diverge and converge in time. The premiere (and recording) was at the Sounds Underground festival in 2005. I apologise to the wonderful performers, whose names I do not know.



Trilody: For horn, violin and harp, duration 5 1/2 minutes (2005)
Described by the horn player of its premiere as ‘challenging but worth it’, this is a playful, attractive piece. The performance was at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2005 and I have no current knowledge of the performers – apologies.


Vice: For trombone solo, duration c.8 minutes (2005)
A tricky piece exploring the creation of a character and relationship with the audience.

Jante Framed: For string ensemble, duration 15 minutes (2005)
Written during my MMus at Royal Holloway, University of London, this piece for strings won the student composition prize for 2005. By turns urgent, ominous and melancholy, with some tricky harmonics / extreme register work, and full of character. The recording is the RHUL student orchestra, 2005


Possibly...: For violin, clarinet, piano, cello , duration 6 1/2 minutes (2004)
Marked constantly pp possibile, this quartet encourages and explores the act of engaged listening and watching, for players and audience alike, highlighting the human aspects of performance (e.g. gesture, breathing) that are normally considered incidental to performance. The recording is from a workshop; performers unknown (apologies).


Intensity 3x5: For three timpanists, duration c. 6 minutes (2003)
Exploring the timbres and techniques of timp playing, with chance element.

Bagatelles: For string ensemble, duration c. 3 minutes (2002)
These three short movements evoke feelings of flying and freedom. They were later developed into the piano trio and open score versions of 'Snapshots'.

Vox organa: For 2 C flutes and one B-foot or alto flute, duration 5 minutes (2002)
An exploration of how various slight interventions (e.g. humming) can create new colours to the flute sound; based on chant-like material, this is a spacious and atmospheric piece.

The Road less travelled: For marimba, amplified acoustic guitar, piano, viola, duration c. 5 minutes (2002)
Created from ever-expanding rhythmic cells (mirrored in the final section) and written to a process, with a serial element but a warm, almost quartal-harmony tonality.

Horn Monody: For French horn solo, duration 4 minutes (2001)
A cheerful, fast piece.

Keyboard

Elements: For harpsichord duo – reworking of 2003 piano piece, duration 6 1/2 minutes (2018)
Seven short movements exploring various aspects or characteristics of the elements of the periodic table. Written for Colchester New music call for works, and performed April 2018 by Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar. Recording available on request for interested performers

Some assembly required: For solo piano (for Clare Simmonds), (2017)
Performed by Clare in 2017, this is a work which asks the pianist to choose the fragments and physically paste together the final piece. Clare holds the only 'score'

Three inventions for harpsichord: duration 6 minutes (2016)
Three short inventions structured along the lines of Bach's 2-part inventions, with contemporary style and tonality. Requires double-manual keyboard – tricky!

Ländlisches Lied: In 3 short movements, for two low-to –mid grade piano players at the same piano., duration 5-6 minutes (2013)
Each movement has one tricky element (e.g. playing very slowly together); each is a description of nature inspired by fragments of text from Emanuel von Geibel. Ideal for an introduction to contemporary style. 3rd section requires toy hand-bells or triangle, or similar.

Less Than a Minute Sonata: Solo piano (for Daniel Becker), duration 1 minute (2004)
Very fast, requiring significant physicality in performance – a three-movement piece lasting a total of a minute.

Elements: Piano suite, duration c. 12 minutes (2003)
9 tiny pieces representing various aspects or characteristics of the elements of the periodic table. Later arranged for two harpsichords.

Butterfly Rag: Piano solo, duration 3 ½ minutes (1999)
A new rag completely in the style and structure of Scott Joplin.

Vocal and Choral

Songs for young voices

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