First Performance of New Songs at Late Music Music in York


On Saturday 27 February York’s Late Music Series is giving a “British Song Day” in partnership with York Literature Festival. As part of the day soprano Ana Beard Fernández will give the premiere of my Three Winter Haiku, settings of haiku by poet Francesca Kay. The concert is at 7.30pm in York’s St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel. And, at 2.30pm, you can also hear me giving a talk on British Song. More details here.

Two Performances coming up at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival

vogf-logoThe Vale of Glamorgan Festival give performances of Bye. Baby Bunting and Canons for the Longest Day on Wednesday 20 and Friday 22 May. The performances are given by the Soloists of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing at St Illtyd’s Church, Llantwit Major and the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay. See


New CD Project with EM Records

I’m just embarking on a new piano work to be featured on a CD to be produced in collaboration with EM Records (the CD label associated with the English Music Festival). The pianist is Duncan Honeybourne and the CD will represent an overview of British piano music over the last hundred years with the last twenty years represented by composer David Power and myself … more details to follow.
EM cds

Cippyn – Film Project

IMGP1588I’ve been working on a film collaboration with Aaron Cooper and his tutor Heledd Wyn Hardy from the Faculty of Creative Industries at ATRiuM (Course Leader, Bilingual Media Production) at the University of South Wales. It’s about a deserted chapel near Cardigan in the village of Cippyn; it now sits in a remote spot, a quarter of a mile from the main road, hidden away on a solitary footpath leading towards the sea. We shot the film itself last January and since then I have added an electronically generated sound-track with sounds manipulated from natural sounds recorded at the chapel. The work was presented as an installation on 4 March in the theatre at ATRiuM, Cardiff into which an audience of about 60 visitors wandered, looking at the beautiful texture and images that Arron has captured and put together. I’ve also composed a score for solo double bass that  Ashley John Long played live at the event. We’re now going to record the soundtrack and add it to the film during April. You should be able to see it online soon – watch this space. 

Welsh Evening at Cardiff University Concert Hall

frostTwo pieces of mine come up for performance on Tuesday 2 December at 7pm when the School of Music at Cardiff University mount an evening of Welsh music at the University Concert Hall in Corbett Road, Cardiff. Students from the department will be playing Dumpe (viola & piano) and Sometimes there is a hoar front … (guitar). There are also pieces by Mervyn Burtch, Geraint Lewis, John Metcalf, Lynne Plowman and Steph Power.

Dawn Event at Partrishow

There will be a special performance at Partrishow Church in the Black Mountains, Wales,  on Saturday 20 September at 7.30am (yes, that’s AM, not PM). The event is a pilot performance as part of the work I am doing on my Arts Council of Wales “Creative Wales” Award and consists of “work-in-progress” – a piece lasting around 35 minutes played by four instrumentalists: Catherine Handley (flute), Christiana Mavron (violin), Michael McCartney (guitar) and Ashley Long (bass). This is a performance by invitation only, but if you would like to come along, do drop me a line by going to the contact page here or at my usual email address. The picture attached here was taken at Partishow at dawn recently.

Dinosaur commission

I’ve recently finished a new commission from Tŷ Cerdd, the National Music Centre for Wales, for narrator and brass trio. It’s for young children and has words by Francesca Kay. It’s about a band called Terry Dactyl and the Meteor Seven and how their performance is halted when a stegosaurus falls asleep on the road, blocking the traffic. Expect something very different from my usual recent scores… Here are three miniature dinosaurs sitting on my piano taking a look at the music. More details

Sands of time reaches Indianopolis

It’s twenty years since Simon Rees and I wrote the world’s shortest opera, The Sands of Time. Last June it got its second USA performance when Intimate Opera of Indianapolis did it four times as part of a performance of five operas. Intimate Opera‘s new website is under construction,

Footsteps in the can

The Mavron Quartet and poet Francesca Kay have recently recorded footsteps quiet in the dark (my second string quartet) for a forthcoming CD down at Tŷ Cerdd’s recording studio at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. The Mavrons have given eight public performances of the quartet and really have it under their belts. The piece’s title comes from Francesca Kay’s evocative poem Unicorn which she’s read at many performances; it has gradually become as an integral part of the piece.

Creative Wales

Creative Wales Awards 2012/13

Last year I was awarded a Creative Wales grant from the Arts Council of Wales to develop my compositional work during 2013-14. The idea behind these awards is that composers and artists of all kinds can explore ideas without the pressure of producing a finished work. See more details and watch this space to find out how I get on.