Joyful, Joyful – for mixed voices (SATB) a cappella is a setting of Henry Van Dyke’s poem about “the triumph-song of life”. It was commissioned in 2020 by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs upon the occasion of their centenary celebrations.
Fuzzy Logic (for alto saxophone and tuba) was composed upon the invitation of Phantasmagoria Ensemble (Hélder Alves & Tiago Santos) for world premiere performance at the International Saxophone Festival in Palmela, Portugal.
Concertino for alto saxophone and saxophone orchestra was commissioned by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for premiere by SCM Saxophone Orchestra featuring Michael Duke (soloist), directed by Dr Jay Byrnes, at the 2018 Australian Series, held at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia.
Introducing a new arrangement of one of my best-sellers: Crazy Logic (originally for alto saxophone and piano) in a new scoring for electric harp and bass clarinet, performed by the fantastic Duo Imaginaire (Hagen, Germany).
Commissioned by Brisbane Chamber Choir for world premiere performance upon the occasion of the choir’s 20th anniversary, Calm the Waves of this Heart (for SATB choir and saxophone) is a setting of Søren Kierkegaarde’s prayer for peace. Performed by Brisbane Chamber Choir, directed by Graeme Morton AM with soloist, Diana Tolmie (soprano saxophone) @ St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD, Australia on 12 August, 2017.
Sonnet, to the Comet of 1825 (for a cappella SATB choir) receives its world premiere on 20 September, 2017 performed by The Burgundian Consort @ The John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW, Kensington, NSW, Australia. This new work is the inaugural winner of the national Willgoss Choral Composition Prize.
A new work entitled Slipstream (for saxophone quartet and bicycle bell) composed at the invitation of Nexas Quartet (Sydney, Australia) received its world premiere on 29 November, 2016 @ the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House. A CD was also launched on the night! Recent subsequent performances include the QLD premiere of the work at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville. (more info)
Written upon the invitation of renowned French saxophone soloist, my new concerto entitled Escapade (for soprano + alto saxophone with band), received its world premiere performance by Jérôme Laran (soloist) with the wonderful L’orchestre d’harmonie H2O, France.
Hurly Burly (for soprano saxophone and piano) was commissioned by Sydney-based saxophonist, Simon Watts for world premiere performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2015. Stay tuned for an exciting new recording of the work featuring HD Duo (Sydney, Australia).
To get you in the mood for Christmas, here is a festive setting of Mary C. Shafer’s poem, Christmastide. Scored for a cappella SATB choir, this composition was commissioned by Acappellago, a choir based in the western suburbs of Chicago, USA.
You’ve heard the original version for alto sax and marimba… Now, it is my pleasure to introduce Whirled Music (for clarinet and harp) ! Thanks to Duo Imaginaire (Germany) for inviting me to compose the arrangement and for their amazing world premiere performance!