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I used to write a lot of music, which is how I started studying scores, and eventually realised I had more ideas about existing music than creating it anew - which led to my first forays into conducting.  However, I still write things from time to time, either from scratch or (more often) arranging and/or orchestrating music.  This has mostly been for fun, I'll admit, but I can happily turn something out if the occasion demands it. Please contact me directly for sample scores or parts.

Recent output includes:

      -          'Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence' (Picardy), hymn tune arranged for brass ensemble
      -          W. N. (from the 'Enigma' variations) by Elgar, arranged for brass band as a companion to the arrangement of 'Nimrod' by Denis Wright

      -          Act IV Overture (from music for 'The Tempest') by Sullivan, arranged for brass band 

-          Nocturne (from music for 'A Midsummer Night's Dream') by Mendelssohn, arranged for brass band

-          Waltz of the Flowers (from 'The Nutcracker') by Tchaikovsky, arranged for brass band

-          Chansons de Matin et Nuit by Elgar, arranged for brass band

-     Fugue 12 (Book I) by J S Bach, transcribed for trombone quartet

-     Fanfare for Brass Trio (Horn, Trumpet, Trombone)

-          The Crystal Spring (Folksong arranged for chamber orchestra)


Programme Notes

Available to order, as I greatly enjoy writing them.  To date, I have produced notes on the following pieces (for PDF samples, please click on a highlighted title to download):

-          Bax:  Tintagel

-     Beethoven:  Symphony No. 9

-          Berlioz:  Symphonie Fantastique

-          Dvorak:  Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6

-          Elgar:  Froissart concert overture, Sospiri, Suite No. 1 from The Wand of Youth

-     Ginastera:  Overture to the Creole 'Faust'

-          Sibelius:  Symphony No. 1

-          Verdi:  Grand March & Ballet Music from Aida (Act II finale)



As above, please click on a title to download a sample of my work. Further files are available on request. These pieces include:

-     Orchestral Seating in Modern Performance: Origins & Variations.  My MMus thesis, designed to be of relevance and practical use to conductors and players alike


-          A short essay on Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, with regard to performance practice issues arising in relation to the brass writing





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