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  • Posted on 10 June 2016

    “Words matter”, wrote Roger Marsh once in this blog. I agree with that. I do like words. Moreover, in this already gone winter the word ‘Snow’ came across in a curious and special way. First, it was my expectation of looking at white landscapes in this -for me- new country, so far away from mine […]

  • Posted on 8 July 2015

    I composed ‘Rough Cut’ for solo violin in response to the CMRC national call for works, but it probably wouldn’t have been written at all had I not suffered an ice-related cycling accident (broken shoulder, cracked collarbone, two broken fingers…) in early February, which resulted in several weeks laid up at home and an unexpected […]

  • Posted on 2 July 2015

    This coming weekend I shall be lucky enough to hear the second performance of my marimba piece graceful/full of grace, written for and performed by Zoë Craven. I was thrilled to be asked by PercusSing to write this piece—and love the marimba—but, as with all my work, it was the performer I was keenest to […]

  • Posted on 29 June 2015

    What is it to “set” a text? Is that to be read as in “to set in concrete”? To lock down? To fix permanently—and forever? That’s a gangland murder, at least in the old days: the concrete coffin that reposes unglamourously at the bottom of New York harbor. Or is it to be read as […]