Compositions

  • Magritte

    Li p’tit banc

    You can find my only commercial recording on Apple Music or Amazon. It’s a romantic song in Wallonian French dialect, recorded by Brussels Chamber Choir directed by Helen Cassano.

  • The Clerkes’ mass

    In the Anglican choral tradition, there are lots of interesting unaccompanied settings of the evening canticles, but very few interesting unaccompanied mass settings. This is my attempt to fill the gap, written for my own choir, the Clerkes of All Saints.

  • Philomela

    The poem Philomela, by Richard Pomfret, describes what runs through the mind of an audience member during the fleeting moment after a musical performance ends, but before the applause begins. It was first performed in Oxford in 2010.

  • Arlington cemetery

    Epitaphs

    This suite of four short military epitaphs was written for the British Royal Armouries’ World War I centenary commemoration on Armistice Day, 2014. It remains my only piece ever to appear on national TV (the BBC played about six seconds of it!).

  • Magic words

    This piece sets fragments from two national epic poems of Finland. According to these poems, music — and specifically singing — is not just a form of artistic expression but also a kind of creative magic. ‘Magic words’ was originally composed for upper voices and harp. I have also created a mixed-voice version accompanied by […]

  • Fragments

    An upper-voice choir in Norwich, UK, is called ‘Libricini’ after the famous notebooks in which Leonardo da Vinci scribbled various sketches and ideas throughout his life. For the choir’s first appearance in the Yorkshire Dales, in 2015, I set some of Leonardo’s scribblings to music.

  • The road goes ever on

    This set of songs for upper voices and guitar, based on Tolkien poems, was first performed by the Larks quartet in Northampton. I wrote it as a present for a friend.

  • Aeolian responses

    These had their first outing at Gloucester cathedral on Trinity Sunday, 2015.

  • Ode to a King

    Maureen Jackett wrote the words to this song commemorating the visit of King Charles I (the steam engine, not the monarch) to Cornwall and I added the music.

  • The freedom of Cornwall

    Another song from a poem by Maureen Jackett. This one won the 2015 prize for composition at the Cornish Gorsedd.

  • Myn lyking

    I collaborated with John Morgan, another York-based composer, to put together a set of English carols for the Micklegate Singers in York, UK. The other pieces were arrangements; this was my only original contribution.

  • To everything there is a season

    I have an excuse for this rather off-kilter piece: it was written to challenge the excellent ladies choir Libricini, and to take advantage of the unique architectural properties of the Octagon chapel in Norwich where they premiered it in 2013.

  • Where can wisdom be found?

    I wrote this short setting of ‘Where can wisdom be found?’ for a private funeral. It was originally for three voices (STB), but I prefer this four-part adaptation.

  • Rather silly songs

    These songs started life as just a single short piece for voice and guitar, written in a few minutes to amuse a friend whose outlook on life was just as childish as mine. They grew gradually into a suite for voice and classical guitar.

  • Ballade of Christmas ghosts

    This is an overly sentimental song based on an overly sentimental poem. It was first performed in this form in York in December 2012, though the music started life ten years earlier as a song for guitar and voice.

  • Irish blessing

    The words of the Irish Blessing have had strong emotional value for me ever since I sang a simple setting in my formative years as a teenager in the Halifax Young Singers. I wrote this even simpler version of my own for a York-based community choir, Soon Amore, sometime in the late 2000s.

  • Alleluia

    This was a commission for a wedding.

  • A hymn tune

    This tune was an entry to a 2011 Anglican hymn-writing competition. It didn’t win, which isn’t really a surprise, with hindsight — it’s much too self-consciously indulgent. An excellent and simple tune by David Manners took the prize instead.

  • A piece for alto sax

    Just what it says on the tin.