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Scaffold for Simon

I met Simon Roth in 2006 at the University of York and have loved his drumming ever since. Nine years later I had an idea for a drum piece but I was not sure if it was possible, or if it sounded interesting. On a social trip to Cambridge I met up with some friends,Continue reading “Scaffold for Simon”

3 Political Songs

This is a new piece for SATB vocal quartet. The texts comprise original quotes from David Hume (and one from John McGrath), around which I have written some colloquial commentary. There are lots of ways of writing political music: through including the sound of protest, attempting to deal with particular social issues through choices ofContinue reading “3 Political Songs”

2 Pride and Prejudice Pieces

The BBC adaption of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice gives its actors a wonderful opportunity to produce some eminently quotable lines. Take this from the hypochondriac Mrs Bennet, played by the peerless Alison Steadman. Neil Tòmas Smith · IdoNotSeeThat My partner’s regular recall of these quotes drew my attention to their musical qualities. There isContinue reading “2 Pride and Prejudice Pieces”

The Tenants’ Songbook

The Tenants’ Songbook is a collection of songs and text pieces on the theme of renting. The programme note: 1. TENANTName and Address(es): The Performers Where this is a joint tenancy, the term ‘Tenant’ applies to each of the individuals above and the full responsibilities and rights set out in this Agreement apply to eachContinue reading “The Tenants’ Songbook”

Perihelion / Aphelion

I have been working on a new orchestral piece, Aphelion, for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Composers’ Hub. It is one of two pieces that take the idea of orbits as their inspiration (the second is Perihelion for the LPO Young Composers’ Programme).The Aphelion is the point of an orbit furthest from the sun; theContinue reading “Perihelion / Aphelion”

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