- Solo vocal
- Programme notes
- Toccata New Chamber Music, Volume 2.
- BIS Records – Piano Concerto, Sea-Change & Tenebrae
- BIS Records CD of The Flight of Icarus, The Spindle of Necessity and Channel Firing
- Tenebrae reviewed on MusicWeb International.com
- Chamber Music and Tenebrae reviewed in German
- String Quartet No.5 – Brodowski Quartet at Purcell Room
- Gaia Symphony
- String Quartet No.4
- Athene-Minerva CD of Piano music
- Quartets 2 -4
- The Flight of Icarus
- Orion and The Borders of Sleep
- Agamemnon’s Tomb
Review of Gaia Symphony – first performance
Cheltenham Music Festival
Sunday 10th July
The second Sunday of the Cheltenham festival offered an interesting perspective on the artistic directorship of Martyn Brabbins, whose changes, if not seismic, are perceptible. His considerable credentials in contemporary music are his strongest suit and there were a couple of clues to the future here.
The colossal scale of John Pickard’s hour-long Gaia symphony for brass band would have been enough to deter most festival directors. Not Brabbins, who confessed to living and breathing brass bands until the age of 18. Under the direction of Robert Childs, the famous Cory band, now Buy As You View Band, gave a virtuoso performance that broke various barriers of perception. Pickard’s inclusion of a concertante role for six percussionists surrounding the 30-piece band vastly extended his parameters, but it was the exemplary technique and the fine brass sonorities that made their mark, albeit a tad too loudly.
Wednesday July 13, 2005