Vocal Works

A Most Wanted Man – a chamber opera realised in partnership with Middle Tennessee State University, Heritage Opera, BBC R&D with significant Arts Council England funding.  To be premiered in Liverpool August 2022.

Unlucky for Some – two settings of poems by Roger McGough from the cycle ‘Unlucky for Some’ commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to coincide with their 50th anniversary celebrations of the publication of ‘The Mersey Sound’ and McGough’s ‘Summer with Monika.’ ‘Unlucky for Some’ was performed by the RLPO’s new music group Ensemble 10/10 featuring the soprano Aniko Toth, conducted by Pete Davison – Saturday 17th June 2017 Rose Theatre, Edge Hill University; 27th, 28th June and 16th July 2017 at the Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic.

Tales from the dark interior new version June 2017 are live-electronic soundscape composition settings of texts by the acclaimed Scottish writer James Kelman, building the sonic tapestries around the sensitively, dramatic voice of the Glasgow-based actor Gordon Munro.  These will be released on vinyl by Vinylselection in 2018.

God’s Own Caught in No Man’s Land – a large-scale contemporary oratorio commissioned by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.  It places special focus upon the tragic experiences of the Salford Pals.  Performed on July 1st 2016 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Remembrance Sunday 2016.

Driven Voids – a work for voice, harp, violin and live electronics setting texts by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Steven Holl and Professor Johnny Rodger on the importance of time and place in architecture.  It was specially commissioned by Prof. Rodger of Glasgow School of Art to sonify the new Reid Building designed by Steven Holl.  The performance formed a key part of the GSA’s Leverhulme International Network of Contemporary Studies Symposium in September 2015.

Deeper than all roses – a work for symphony orchestra, chorus, 4 vocal soloists and ‘rock group’ soloists, commissioned by Ohio Northern University and premiered there April 2013.

Beasts in the Field a large-scale mixed-media work; a collaboration between Stephen Davismoon (Music/Sound Design); Iain Gardner (Animation) and Johnny Rodger (Text) gaining support thus far from the Royal Scottish Academy.  The first two parts of this cycle Beaver and Wolf (Soprano, Actor, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Cello and Electronics) were premiered by members of The Research Ensemble in Edinburgh on 18th September 2008 at the Filmhouse Cinema (dur. 21’).

In Search of Peace (Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Percussion and Piano) received its premiere 28th September 2008 in Edinburghby members of The Research Ensemble (dur. 7’).

Love Eurydice (scenes from a music theatre work, in collaboration with the writer Johnny Rodger), was performed by Scottish Opera and Scottish Voices at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow as part of the Musica Nova and West End festivals in Glasgow June 2006 (dur. 25’).

Patricia’s Songs (a song-cycle setting texts by the writer Johnny Rodger: Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Percussion, Piano, Violin and Cello), premiered by the Research Ensemble Edinburgh (May 2006 dur. 25’).

…a common treasury … fragmented (6 Voices and Electronics) received its premiere with Die Neue Vocalsolisten and the CCMIX Studios in Paris, in the MusiPoeScifestival April 2005.(dur. 25’).

Last Waltz in Santiago (Soprano, Electric Guitar, Violin and Live Electronics) this song-cycle for was given its world premiere in participation with the CCMIX Studios (Paris), featuring the soprano Janet Pape, in Edinburgh December 2002 (dur. 25’).

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