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A Short Fantasia On A Theme Of Thomas Tallis:

This is a small work for Brass Band based on the famous theme by Tallis which has been used by other composers in the past including the famous Vaughn Williams. This is a new treatment for brass with optional percussion parts. It has been made free to play and to download by Take Note Music Company (Lowestoft) Limited to help bands at this difficult time. 

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Four Impression  For Piano

These four studies are based upon four different intervals. They start with the interval of a fourth and then move to the fifth, the sixth and finally the seventh. The idea of them is that they can be played as individual pieces or as a work in its own right.

The First is in a ternary form and works its way through different interpretations of the forth. The second is in a ritornello form. The third piece is merely a development of the first three bars. The fourth movement returns to a ternary form and finishes with an opposite run from the end of the first movement.

Sea Interlude Number 1

The idea of writing a Sea Interlude came from two things, one was the many walks I take by the sea with my family and the other are the four wonderful Interludes from Britten's Opera “Peter Grimes”. There is no set form for a sea interlude, indeed the term seems to be solely used for Britten's works, so I decided to use a story as my loose basis for this piece as there is no wider context for it as in the Britten. The story is that of John Newton who was a slave trader turned evangelist. His ship (empty of slaves but full of beeswax and dyer's wood), The Greyhound, encountered a serious storm off the coast of Ireland near Donegal and almost sank. Newton awoke in the middle of the night and finally called out to God as the ship filled with water. After he called out, the cargo came out and stopped up the hole. The music follows this story with a flowing melody to start depicting a sea voyage and then moves into a more discordant section which depicts the storm and Newton's agony. The music stops briefly as Newton calls out and then subsides back to the original theme, slowed and now centring around the chord of C major, as it is realised the ship is safe.