January/February 2019

It’s been a busy start to 2019! Several updates to announce.

I’m delighted to have been selected to be involved in the CMC Choral Sketches 2019 programme, working with Tarik O’Regan, Paul Hillier and the Chamber Choir Ireland on a new piece for autumn 2019. I am collaborating with Scottish author Euan Tait on this project, and he kindly wrote a text for me to set. CMC announcement.

My commission for Choir & Organ’s New Music Series 2019, Asphyxiate, can be heard (and the score downloaded for free) from Choir & Organ. I’m grateful to the St. Salvator’s Chapel Choir for a fantastic recording, and look forward to the premiere in St. Andrews on April 21st. An interview about the piece is available in the Jan/Feb edition of Choir & Organ.

The Ficino Ensemble performed my new work for them, Five Scenes from a Retro Viewer, in Dublin in February, and I’m excited to share the recording below.

My new work Engines of Babel for the CRASH Ensemble, commissioned as part of the Free State 11 for New Music Dublin Festival, will premiere on March 2nd in the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Tickets can be purchased here from the National Concert Hall. The concert will be recorded for broadcast on Lyric FM.

Crossing the Firth, my first piece for electronics, premiered in Dublin on February 6th. It can be heard here. This piece will be used as audio for a film by contemporary Scottish filmmaker Oliver Mezger in 2019, which reflects on the effects of erosion on the island of Inchcolm and uses this as an analogy for Scotland’s distancing from its spiritual past.