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The Beginning of an Idea

Introduction The Beginning of an Idea is a kind of jazz-infused chamber opera that blends the intensity and absurdity often found in works of new music theatre with the kind of rhythmic drive and vocal expressivity often found in popular music. I first encountered The Beginning of an Idea, the short story by John McGahern,…


Grim’s Ditch for Ensemble Klang and Michaela Riener

Grim’s Ditch (2018, c. 17′) was written for the Dutch new music group, Ensemble Klang, and Austrian mezzo-soprano, Michaela Riener, for a DANSOX residency with leading contemporary dancers at the JdP Music Building (St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford) on Friday 6 July 2018. The choreography is by Patricia Okenwa in collaboration with Estela Merlos and…


Biding II for cello and electronics

A response to Biding I, written for the MASH Marathon at the JdP Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford on Friday 27th January 2017 and performed by Hannah Merchant (cello). It combines electronic delays and pre-recorded samples with cello on a time-spaced score.


String Quartet No. 2

I. Rising mounds II. Coarse grains III. Reflections IV. Asterisk Listen to the third movement Reflections performed by the Villiers Quartet here: This movement is an unusual swamp of textures. The title refers to the reflective character of the piece and the way in which the material is treated. Slow-moving, muddy textural ideas flow through a…