My work as a Composer

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My Biography as a Composer

I studied composition under Nigel Osborne, Louis Andriessen, James Macmillan, Edward Harper, Kenneth Leighton, Peter Nelson, Gilius van Bergijk and Clarence Barlowe. I obtained my undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral degrees from Edinburgh University, The Royal Hague Conservatory and the Hague Institute of Sonology. I am also a Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and an Associate of the London College of Music. As a composer, I have been the recipient of the Tovey Memorial Prize, (University of Edinburgh), Rennie Moncrieff Trophy, (Edinburgh Competition Festival) and the Bucher-Fraser Scholarship. For my other awards for community enterprise work involving my compositional work, see my Academic CV

As a regularly ACE (Arts Council England)/SAC (Scottish Arts Council) commissioned composer and producer, I have worked with a diverse range of musicians, artists and festivals including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Emperor String Quartet, Smith Quartet, The Edinburgh String Quartet, Soul II Soul, Quantz Quartet, Michael Bonaventure Cortes (organ), Edinburgh Festival, Aeleotronic, Focus on Gamelan Festival, Revelation Kollektiv, Frances Lynch (Electric Voice Theatre), The Annual Edinburgh Hafla, Pete Lockett (percussionist), ECAT (Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust), Tabula Rasa Dance Company (Claire Pencak [choreographer]), BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre), Ultima Vez Dance Company, (Wim Vandekeybus [choreographer]), Thierry de Mey, Nigel Osborne, One Voice Ensemble, Hope Valley Big Band, Colin Kingsley (pianist), Michael Zolker (percussionist), Harriet Buchan, Bedlam Theatre, Revelation Collective Ensemble, Keir Stewart (Durutti Column), Che Beresford (Capercaille), Blacka’nized (Joseph Malik and AJ Nuttal), Ray Wilson (Genesis), Jeremy Weller (playwright), Big Buddha Films (Debbie Howard [Director])

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Some of my releases….

(2013) Tribute to Mr King for organ (with bonus track) [album, CD]. Revelation Kollektiv Records: UK.

This SAC (Scottish Arts Council)-commissioned piece was written in response to the 1997 Home Secretary, Jack Straw’s Public Inquiry into the Stephen Lawrence murder and invokes the questioning shadow of Rev King’s Dream. Premiered by the renowned organist, Michael Bonaventure in the Edinburgh Festival.

Available at all outlets including iTunes

(2013) What has happened to all that Beauty? for string quartet [album, CD]. Revelation Kollektiv Records: UK.

An album of early string quartets featuring the Emperor Quartet , Edinburgh Quartet, One Voice Quartet, Frances M. Lynch and BEAST.

Available at all outlets including iTunes

(1994) One Voice. [album, CD]. One Voice (OVCD01): UK

Some of my commissions….

(for a full list of compositions see Academic CV)….

Only You 2.0 for mixed ensemble, gamelan, mixed voices, live electronics and MC
[Score, track, 2013].
Arts Council England commission
Performed by Halle ensemble, Electric Voices Theatre, MMU Gamelan, Guillaume DuJat des Allimes (live electronics) and MC Hypes
Halle, St Peter’s, Focus on Gamelan Festival, Manchester, 2013

An ACE (Arts Council England)-commissioned song performed live with members of the Halle Orchestra, Frances Lynch and members of Electric Voice Theatre, Live electronics (Guillaume DuJat des Allimes), MC Hypes and of course Dr Rachel Swindells and her amazing gamelan orchestra. A premiere at Halle St Peter’s as part of the Focus on Gamelan Festival. For some more details read “Some of my Thoughts….”

Tell me wha’ gwan, blood for big band and choir
[Score, 2009].
Performing Rights Society (PRS) commission.
Performed by Hope Valley College Big Band and Choir
National Schools Competition: Music for Youth Regional Festival, Sheffield and Hope Valley College 50th Anniversary Concert, Buxton, 2009.

The Listeners for string quartet
[Score, 2000].
Scottish Arts Council /Tabula Rasa Dance Company commission.
Performed by Edinburgh String Quartet
Brunton Theatre, Edinburgh, 2000

Released on the What has happened to all that Beauty? album

Ezekiel’s Vision for organ and clarinets (Eb, Bb and Bass)
[Score, 1999].
Scottish Arts Council commission.
Performed by Michael Bonaventure and Ornette D Clennon
Edinburgh Festival
St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Edinburgh, 1999

Tribute to Mr King for organ
[Score, 1997].
Scottish Arts Council commission
Performed by Michael Bonaventure
Edinburgh Festival
St Andrew’s and St George’s Church, Edinburgh, 1998 and St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Edinburgh,  1999

Released on the Tribute to Mr King album

What has happened to all that Beauty? for string quartet, soprano and live electronics
[Score, 1996].
Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust (ECAT) commission.
Performed by the Emperor String Quartet, Frances Lynch and BEAST
Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 1996

Released on the What has happened to all that Beauty? album

Prayer for voice, mixed ensemble and gamelan
[Score, 1996].
Revelation Ensemble commission.
Performed by Revelation Ensemble
L’Institut Francais Ecosse, Edinburgh, 1996

Why? for mixed ensemble
[Score, 1994].
One Voice commission.
Performed by One Voice Ensemble
Concert for Rwanda Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 1994 and Conflict and Unity Concert, Edinburgh Festival,
Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 1995

Memories for clarinet and viola
[Score, track, CD, 1994].
One Voice commission.
Recorded for the One Voice Album 1994 (OVCD01)

X for mixed ensemble
[Score, track, CD, 1994].
One Voice commission.
Recorded for the One Voice Album 1994 (OVCD01)

Urban Spirituality
[track, CD, 1994].
One Voice commission.
Recorded for the One Voice Album 1994 (OVCD01)

Miniature I for chamber orchestra, soprano, mixed voices and monochord
[Score, 1991].
Scottish Chamber Orchestra commission.
Performed by Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Toll Cross Adult Training Centre and Harriet Buchan
Glasgow Celebration of Cultures
Central Hall, Glasgow, 1991

Released on the Tribute to Mr King album (bonus track)

Hocketting for chamber orchestra
[Score, 1991].
Scottish Chamber Orchestra commission.

Hidden Song for string quartet
[Score, 1991].
Scottish Chamber Orchestra string quartet commission.
Performed by Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh, 1991
Performed by One Voice Ensemble
Concert for Rwanda
Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 1994

Released on the What has happened to all that Beauty? album