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Rough Cut

I first met Peter Sheppard Skaerved in the 1980s, when I was RVW Composer in Residence at Charterhouse and he was a rising star of the contemporary music scene – although he has always been much more than a performer of new music: his creative energies know no such limits. I’m sure that I would have promised to compose a piece for him at that time but neither of us could have imagined how long it would take to materialise! The Kreutzer String Quartet – of which Peter is leader – had had just ended their period of residency at the University of York when I began my PhD, but he kept in touch with the department and regularly returned for workshops and performances. And it was for one such w

Apocalypse: Angels and Demons

It was one of those rare moments in life when, if I possessed a 'pause button' for real life I would have pressed it to stay in that moment for as long as possible. I might still be there! The occasion was the performance of Apocalypse by the amazing Danish Radio Vocal Ensemble, directed by the inspirational Robert Hollingworth. For the choir’s ‘Angels and Demons’ programme I had divided my 30-minute piece into four separate sections; Robert devised a dark, brooding programme around it, with music be Machaut, Henze, Penderecki and MacMillan interspersed with mine, and with vivid atmospheric soundscapes by composer Tim Hinman between each piece telling the story of the angel’s fall from grac

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