and powerful work, able to portray the dark shadows of loss that
can unexpectedly creep into even the most joyful moments in life...." (Dance
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Guitar (with EBow and two Boss DD-20 Digital Delay Pedals)
First performance: Somextro Symposium, Falmouth University, 28th
October 2016, performed by the composer.
Flexible duration, between 30 and 60 mins.
Flute (doubling Alto Flute, Piccolo & Concert Flute), Button
Scending I: A-Scending
Scending II: DE-Scending
Scending III: A-Scending, DE-Scending
Scending IV: TRAN-Scending
Commissioned by William Sleath, with funds from the Britten-Pears
Foundation. First performance by Miloš Milivojevic (accordion)
and Will Sleath (flutes): The Exchange, Penzance, April 2017.
c45 mins More
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Violin, Viola, Piano
Commissioned by Copenhagen Conservatoire for the Lerchenborg
International Festival of New Music, Denmark, June 1986.
(1984, rev 1985)
Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano
Commissioned by Friends of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Soc.
Winner of 1985 ‘Sonorities’ award. First performance:
‘Aquarius’, Queens University Belfast, recorded by
the BBC, April 1985.
SAID TO MY SOUL, BE STILL
Commissioned by Friends of St Mary’s. First performance:
Margaret Campbell and Christopher Cox, St. Mary’s Church,
Aylesbury May 1983.
Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Accordion,
Piano, 6 Tubular Bells (hand-held), Tam-tam, Strings (8,8,6,4,2)
performed by Malta Symphony Orchestra, Teatru Manuel, Valletta,
Malta, December 2011, conductor: Brian Schembri.
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(1999, rev 2006)
or more Flutes (1 doubling Piccolo), 3 or more Oboes, 5 or more
Clarinets, 3 or more Soprano Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone, 2
Trumpets, Trombone, Tuba, 4 Percussion, Piano, Keyboard, Harp,
4 Electric Guitars, Electric Bass, Strings
2006 version first performed by Kokoro and members of Dartington
College of Arts, Great
Hall, Dartington, October 2006.
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incl P&P. Purchase Set of 28 parts. Hire View
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(2006 version) opening (performers as above)
Flutes (doubling Piccolos), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons,
4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 4 Percussion, Piano, Strings
First performance: University Orchestra, Great Hall Lancaster
University, February 1983, conductor: Christopher Best.
1st Movement (Performers as above)
and mixed media work:
AFTER A NAME
(performing version of ‘Still’ and ‘Pocketsize)
GARDENS OF FINDHORN
(includes works marked*)
Tenor, Choir SATB, Flute (doubling Alto Flute), Clarinet (doubling
Bass Clarinet), Trombone, Violin, Piano, 3 Percussion, Fixed
media (words from ‘The Findhorn Garden’
(words from ‘The Findhorn Garden’)
First performance: Patricia Garnham, Coventry Centre for the
Performing Arts, March 1991.
(Patricia Garnham: voice)
STEEL TO STONE
Presented at Elektrisk Helg ’00, Swedish Radio, Malmo,
Extract (David Huron:
for dance and theatre:
Commissioned by Claid & Co. Choreographer Emilyn Claid.
Texts: David Williams. First performance: Exeter Phoenix, October
Dance(Damien Harron: live drums, Christopher
Best: all other sounds)
Dance(Fenella Barton: violin, Ian Mitchell:
bass clarinet, Damien Harron: vibraphone, Christopher Best:
all other sounds)
Procession(Christopher Best: all sounds)
& Kumina drum (1 player), Fixed media
Commissioned by Bimba Dance Theatre. Choreographer: Indra Thiagarajah.
First performed at the Roadmender Theatre, Northampton, May
c60 mins More
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(doubling Bass Clarinet), Percussion (1 player), Violin (doubling
Viola), Fixed media
Commissioned by Scottish Dance Theatre. Choreographer: Janet
Smith. First performance: Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee,
Commissioned by Scottish Dance Theatre. Choreographer Janet
Smith. First performance: Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee,
c23 mins More info
movement(Catherine Laws: piano)
Commissioned by Kaleidoscope Integrated Dance Project with funds
from The National Lottery. Choreographer: Louise Katerega. First
performed at the Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester, September
(Bonnie Chamberlain & Louise Katerega: voice samples)
Commissioned by Suits U2 Dance Co. as music to contemporary dance
piece ‘Caught Up’ with funds from W. Midlands Arts.
Choreographer: Sarah Whatley. First performance: Coventry University,
Extract 1 (Bob
Davey: cello solo and samples)
2 (Bob Davey: cello solo and samples)
FROM EDWARD BOND’S ‘DEREK’
Tenor, Clarinet, Trombone, Piano (words Edward Bond)
Commissioned by Storm Theatre. Director: Mark Evans. First performance:
Belgrade Studio Theatre, Coventry, August 1994.
Composed for choreographer Amanda Britton (Rambert Dance Co.).
First performance: Birmingham NEC, December 1993.
MUSIC TO ‘TWELFTH NIGHT’
Composed for the Pendley International Shakespeare Festival,
August 1993. Director: Mark Evans.
That I Was (John Ryan: saxophones, Christopher Best: acoustic
Music (Christopher Best: all instruments)
Commissioned by choreographers Helen Greaves and Sarah Whatley
with funds from W. Midlands Arts. First performance: DanceXchange,
Birmingham, February 1993.
Commissioned as music to contemporary dance piece, choreographed
and performed by Sarah Whatley, Chisenhale Dance Space, London,
MUSIC TO ‘THE WINTER’S TALE’
Alto, Baritone, Flute, Oboe, Trumpet, String Quartet, Guitar,
Piano, 2 Percussion (words Shakespeare)
Commissioned by Cambridge Amateur Dramatic Club. First performance:
Cambridge A.D.C., November 1984, directed by John Highkin.
Spirits of Yamalya
2] Gyile Song LISTEN: 3] The Veiling
4] Last ChorusLISTEN: 5] Yama's Kingdom
7] Mortal Love
8] Wake Dances (Kumina, Pacha, Yanvalu) LISTEN:
(two extracts) 9] The Unveiling
10] The Deceit
11] A Fire Ritual (Agna Ayahi Vitaye) LISTEN: