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Complete List of Works

Two Dances for Four Instruments (2004) 5’

Fl(+AFl & Claves), Cl(+BCl & Claves), ASax(+Claves), Tpt

Première: 25th May 2004, Northern Ballet School, Manchester;  RNCM New Ensemble, Steven Daverson (Cond.)


Horn Quintet (2005) 12’

Hn, 2Vln, Vla, Vc

Première: 29th June 2005, Studio Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester; Fortune Ensemble, Steven Daverson (Cond.)


Dark Shiver (2007) 3’ / / 1Perc (Xylo, Vib, Holzkante, PedBD)/ Hp / Pno / Strings (

Première: 14th July 2007, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk; Britten-Pears Ensemble, Ryan Wigglesworth (Cond.)


Kaleidoscopic Negatives (2006) 16’

3(II=AFl, III=Picc).2.CA.3(I=EbCl, III=BCl).3(III=Cbsn) / / Timp(5).3Perc (Glock, Xylo, Crot, Mar, Vib, SD, BD, SusCymb, T-tam, Fishing Reel, Ratchet, Whip, 4Cowbells, Lion’s Roar, 5 TBlks, Claves, Drkit (Pedal BD, 2 T-toms, Floor Tom, Chinese Cymb, SD, Hi-hat)) / Hp / Solo Pno / Strings

Première: 18th January 2006, Haden Freeman Concert Hall, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester; David Horne (Pno), RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Mark Heron (Cond.)


Dithyramb (2006) 7’

Bassoon Solo

Première: 8th February 2006, Lord Rhodes Room, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester; Ozan Evruk.

Written for the RNCM’s “From the Abyss to the Stars” Festival of the music of Poul Ruders


Five Blake Settings (2006) 10’

Mezzo-Soprano & Piano

Première: 22nd June 2006, Studio Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester; Rachel Gilmore (M-S), David Horne (Pno)


Hokku (2007) 2’30”

Double SATB Choir

Recorded February 2007, Amadeus Centre, Maida Vale, London; BBC Singers, Nicholas Kok (Cond.)


Halo in Oil and Watercolour (2007) 8’

3(I=Picc,II=AFl,III=Picc).3(III=CA).3(III=BCl).3(III=Cbsn) / / 4Perc(2Crot, Vib, Xylo Mar, ClCymb, SmlSuspCymb, LgeSuspCymb, ChineseCymb, T-tam, Rtcht, 5Wbl, SD, BD) / Hp / Pno / Org / Strings (

Première: 26th April 2007, Haden Freeman Concert Hall, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester; RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Jerry Hou (Cond.)


Mangled Snarl (2007) 5’

Euphonium, Piano

Première: 17th June 2007, Haden Freeman Concert Hall, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester; Aaron Tindall (Euph), Jonathan Scott (Pno)

Written for the RNCM’s Gold Medal Weekend


Microscopic Negatives (2007) 10’

String Quartet (2Vln, Vla, Vc)

Première: 16th February 2008, Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s, London; Arditti Quartet


Elusive Tangibility II: firelife (2008) 6’

Cl, Vln, Vla, Vc

Première: 3rd November 2012, Casa della Musica, Parma; Ensemble Recherche

Traiettorie Festival


Elusive Tangibility V: Zugunruhe (2008) 6’

1(+AFl).1.1.BCl.1. / / 2Perc (Xylo, Crot, Vib, Almglocken, 2Chinese Opera Gongs, Holzkante, ChineseCymb, BD) / Hp / Pno / Strings (

Première: 30th April 2008, Royal Festival Hall, SouthBank Centre, London; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Clement Power (Cond.)


Exotic Vapour (2008) 3’30”

Piano Solo

Première: TBA


Elusive Tangibility IV: 月見 (Tsukimi) (2008) 10’30”

1(=AFl).0.1(=BCl).1 / / 2Perc (Vib, Almglocken, Tuned Gongs, 2Chinese Opera Gongs, Holzkante, 5TBl, 2SD, BD) / Mezzo-Soprano Solo / Pno / Strings (

World Première: 15th May 2009, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, London. RCM New Perspectives Ensemble; Emilie Alford (M-S), Tim Lines (Cond.)

Russian Première: 9th June 2009, Rachmaninov Concert Hall, Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow. Studio for New Music Ensemble; Ekameruna Kichigina (M-S), Igor Dronov (Cond.)


strain (2009) 5’

Clarinet Solo

Première: 5th May 2009, Parry Room, Royal College of Music, London; William Duncombe


Halation (2010) 3’30"

Viola d'amore sola

Première: TBA


Elusive Tangibility III: Clandestine Haze (2011) 8’

AFl(+BFl) BCl(+CbCl), Tbn, 1Perc(Xylo, Vib, Almglocken, SplCym, MedCym, LgeCym, ChCym, Gongs, Opera Gongs, 2TBl, LogDrum(4pitch), Holzkante), Vla, Vc

World Première: 24th May 2011, Cuvilliès Theatre, Munich; Ensemble Recherche

UK Première: 5th November 2011, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London; London Sinfonietta, Martyn Brabbins (Cond.)

Commissioned by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung


Schattenwanderer (2011) 7’

Part 5 of The Navidson Record

Cl Solo, Fl, Hn, Tbn, Hp, Vln, Vc, Cb

Première: 9th June 2011, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London; Mark van de Wiel (Cl.), Members of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Clark Rundell (Cond.)

Commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society for the Philharmonia Orchestra’s 2011 Music of Today Series


Escher’s Pharmacy (2011) 12’30”

Part 3 of The Navidson Record

AFl, BOb, Cl, Pno, Vln, Vla, Vc

World Première: 20th November 2011, St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield; Ensemble Recherche

German Première: 16th November 2012, Morat Institut, Freiburg; Ensemble Recherche

Commissioned by Ensemble Recherche for the 2011 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival


Katabasis (2012) 6’

Part 1 of The Navidson Record

Cl(+EbCl, BCl), Vln(+Vla), Vc, Pno w/ Assistant

Première: 19th March 2012, The Forge, London; The Mercury Quartet

Commissioned by the Mercury Quartet for their RADAR Series at The Forge, Camden


Three Rivers from The Navidson Record (2012) 7’

Parts 2, 4, and 6 of The Navidson Record

String Quartet (2Vln, Vla, Vc)

Première: 15th July 2012, Orangerie, Darmstadt; Arditti Quartet

Commissioned by the Hepner Foundation for the Arditti Quartet


Limaçon (2012) 30”

Part 7 of The Navidson Record

Mezzo-Soprano Solo

Première: TBA


The Navidson Record (2011/12) c.36’

A Cycle in Seven Parts for Soloists and Ensembles


1. Katabasis

2. Acheron

3. Escher’s Pharmacy

4. Phlegethon

5. Schattenwanderer

6. Cocytus

7. Limaçon


1.1(BOb).1(=Eb,BCl).0 / / Pno (+Assistant). Hp. / Solo Cl. Solo Sop. Str4tet (2Vln.Vla.Vc) / Strings (

Première: TBA


Filonov’s Microscope (2013) 20’

Fl(+AFl, BFl), Ob(+Bob), Cl(+BCl, CbCl), Perc, Pno, Vln, Vla, Vc

Première: 11th May 2014, Saalbau Witten, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik; Ensemble Recherche

Commissioned by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung and WDR for Ensemble Recherche


Giacometti’s Razor (2014) 7’30”

Violin Solo

Première: 17th February 2014, St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield; Ashot Sarkissjan

(Revised version of Face of Blades (2009), now withdrawn)


Pegasus (2014) c.10’ (currently withdrawn pending revision)

Female Voice, BCl, Perc, Kbd, Live-Elec, e-Zither, Vc

Première: 14th August 2014, CentralStation, Darmstadt Ferienkurse; Decoder Ensemble

Commissioned by the Harry and Alice Eiler Foundation for Decoder Ensemble


Arkanar: A Report From The Interior (2016) 8'

Tuba and Live Electronics

Première: 8th August 2016, Darmstadt; Jack Adler-McKean (Tba), Steven Daverson (Elec)

Commissioned by Jack Adler-McKean

Arkanar: Theatre of Dyspepsia (2017) 8' (Work in Progress)

Voice and Live Electronics

Première: March 2017; Laura Bowler (Voice)

Commissioned by Laura Bowler

La nitroglycérine des Lumières (2017) 12' (Work in Progress)

Sax, eGuit, Pno, Perc, Live-Elec

Première: November 2017 (Date TBC); Ensemble Nikel 

Katasterismoi (2017/18) 10' (Work in Progress)

6 Digital Pianos & Live Electronics

Première: TBC; Piano Circus