New arrangements and compositions every month




News 25.11.2017, 09:37

I have begun work on the Monteverdi madrigals again, but Book 7 is proving far too complex to restrict to a quintet (as I suspected. There are simply too many variables for it to be consistently reduced to 5 voices of a quintet, so it's going to be a bit of a mixed bag. Of course, where many of the simpler chordal accompaniments can be dispensed with it'll all work out fine, but some of the more complex songs will probably have to be expanded to a sex-, sept- or octet. This is a bigger book than the ...


I'm Just Crazy Over You!

News 23.10.2017, 16:38

I wrote this piece and dedicated it to my life partner of 30 years. It expresses a tiny part of the huge joy that he brings me. I also wrote several verses of lyrics, but I can only remember the first verse: I'm just crazy over you I'm just crazy over you And the little things you do When I am with you And you make my heart race, too When I'm with you The style is very jazzy and after the slower introduction, the tempo at letter A is uptempo but still with a swing. The tuba/bass ...


The Sublime and the Sophisticated - Instrumental Duet

News 21.10.2017, 16:01

This is a fun new duet for almost any combination of Eb and Bb instruments. The time signature of 12/8 gives the music a bit of a lilt and gives rise to the slightly off-beat accompaniment patterns. The piece should sound relaxed and 'laid back' all the way through. The melody should, of course, be given prominence throughout. The semiquaver (16th) runs at the end of a bar should be non-legato, but not staccato and the septuplets, when they happen, should be slurred and even. A great little concert ...


Two Old Friends

News 17.10.2017, 15:35

I seem to be on a roll at the moment. Two brand new pieces in as many days! This is a new, original duet for Flute and Bb Clarinet (A Clarinet part also provided). The piece takes the form of a conversation between the parts, with each taking turn to speak. Both parts are of a similar standard, requiring similar demands in terms of range and control. This would make a great recital piece, or be suitable for a GCSE practical exam.


Sultry Nights? Smooth, suave and sophisticated!

News 16.10.2017, 17:53

Announcing the release of a new piece for solo flute and piano. Sultry nights is a short (2' 20") concert or recital piece for flute with accompaniment. The music uses a lot of the flute's tonal range and demands fine breath control and intonation. It's not fast, requiring the same kind of control that a Tango would. The piano accompaniment certainly has that Latin feel, like a habanera. This piece is also available for Violin and Bb Clarinet. This would make a great recital piece for a GCSE ...


7th Book Adventist?

News 13.10.2017, 08:38

Just to let you know that I have begun work on Monteverdi's 7th book of Madrigals. The transcription of these beautiful songs is a labour of love and I am looking forward to the challenges this particular book poses. For a start, it is getting really difficult to boil it down to five parts. The richness and variety of the textures he is using are a marvel. The 7th book is less like a collection of songs and much more like a mini opera, complete with solos, duets, choruses and instrumental pieces. ...


Something for the horn, sir?

News 27.09.2017, 18:17

If you are a horn player in a brass band, I bet you're just tired of the regular rep? If you are a hornplayer, or look after one, why not buy my horn section feature "A Celtic Lullaby". It's not too taxing and gives the horns the chance to do something they're usually good at - being graceful! For our US viewers, horn means something entirely different in the UK than it does in your country. These are tenor (not alto) horns in Eb, so there's no sax involved! You can listen to (and subsequently ...


The pure and unadulterated bliss of the tuba

News 27.09.2017, 15:58

This is possibly the most favourite piece of mine that I have ever written. Having said that, it took me years to write. Writing for one's own instrument is something that should be done slowly, n'est ce pas? This piece would make an ideal solo recital or exam repertoire piece. It covers most of the tuba's range, has changes in tempo, key, mood and some of those short notes (you know - semithingy wotsits) at speed. There's tons of scope for expressivity (is that a word?) and the piano player isn't ...


Jolly Holidays

News 18.09.2017, 09:59

Now that Book 5 of the Monteverdi (All of the first 6 books are available) is uploaded I am going to have a few days away. I will still receive emails, but I may not be able to respond as quickly as I'm rubbish at typing on my phone!


Heads up! Book 5 is on its way

News 16.09.2017, 17:48

Just to keep everyone up to date, I will be publishing Book 5 of the madrigals within the next week. Then I'll probably have a bit of a break before I tackle Book 7. This book contains all sorts of tools that Monteverdi later used in his operas, including monody, semi-recitatives, instrumental numbers, solo arias and duets with chorus and so on. The challenge is going to be keeping it to 5 parts as much as possible, while retaining the distinctive blend of sounds. There are some numbers where ...