This piece was composed at Christmas, 2010, during a period of unusually heavy snowfall – at least, by UK standards. The piece evokes a landscape, suddenly transformed by ice and snow into a new and unexpected world, where familiar landmarks have been obscured and clear outlines and boundaries dissolved. Snowbound was composed for Gemini, who will give the first performance, at the Victoria Rooms, Bristol on 9 February, 2011.

John Pickard