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Shadowplay

Concerto for percussion and orchestra

2003, 24 minutes

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Programme Notes

Shadowplay takes its title, like so many of my pieces, from other sources (in this case a song by the band Joy

Division) but is a purely abstract piece of music to which no ‘programme’ can be attached. The title does

however refer to the roles of certain instruments (bass clarinet being the most prominent) of the orchestra which

‘shadow’ or follow closely the  lines of the solo cello.

As one would expect, the piece is a reflection of some of my musical influences (Stravinsky, Tippett and Reich

for instance) which were on the whole unfamiliar to Thomas Carroll, the soloist. So the piece could be viewed as

an introduction and exploration for Thomas into my musical landscape. The piece is in no way a flamboyant

concerto for the soloist or orchestra, but the difficulty lies in the interaction, in particular rhythmic, between the

two. Being scored for relatively small forces some of the writing, in particular the opening of the first and second

movements, are quite intimate as the soloist interacts with chamber-like groups within the orchestra.

Key Performances

World Premiere

UK 12.04.03

Venue: Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham,

Conductor: Nicholas Kok

Performers: Sinfona VIVA, Thomas Carrol, Violin Cello

Performance - The Lichfield Festival 2003

12.07.03

Venue: Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield, UK

Conductor: Nicholas Kok

Performers: Sinfona VIVA, Thomas Carrol, Violin Cello

Performance

24.11.06

Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK

Conductor: Robert Zeigler

Performers: BBC Concert Orchestra