Musicians in profile

We are a diverse group of musicians playing string and woodwind instruments at formal and informal performances. Our music is inspired by nature and its healing properties.

As a composer, I aim to create sound worlds which engage audiences to experience an immediate emotional resonance. Below lies some of my compositions.

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Composing

Triptych

Scoring : Soprano saxophone; alto saxophone
Date : 2014
Approx grade standard : 8+
Length : 6 minutes
Description :  Three linked pieces for soprano and alto saxophones written for Duo Pas de Deux
First performance : Copenhagen, Denmark on 23rd March 2015 by Duo Pas de Deux

Five weavings

Scoring : Oboe, clarinet = bassoon
Date : 2014
Approx grade standard : 8
Length : 12 minutes
Description :  Five linked pieces for oboe clarinet and bassoon written in September 2014
First performance : Zagreb, Croatia on 27th February 2015 by the Zagrebacki Puhacki Trio

Perichoresis

Scoring : Bassoon + piano
Date : 2017
Approx grade standard : 8
Length : 5 minutes
Description :  A movement in three parts for bassoon and piano written for Archie Auger
First performance : scheduled for August 4th 2017 Assembly Rooms Ludlow as part of the BISYOC Tutors' concert

Elegy for piano quintet

Scoring : Piano = string quartet
Date : 2017
Approx grade standard : 8
Length : 7 minutes
Description :  A movement for piano quintet lamenting the loss of our European identity
First performance : April 28th 2017 Lion Ballroom Leominster Andrew Morris and The Offa String Quartett

For the forty eight per cent

Scoring : String quartet
Date : 2016
Approx grade standard : 8+
Length : 7-8 minutes
Description :  A movement fror string quartet developed from ideas from the BISYOC 2016 composition project
First performance : October 8th 2016  Dorstone Church  The Eilan String Quartet

Here rolls the sea

Scoring : Soprano, flute, cello and piano
Date: 2011
Approx Grade Standard: 7-8
Length: 4mins
Description : A setting of a poem by Rabindrinath Tagore, used as an inscription outside the Barn Theatre at Dartington

A life of Sabbaths here beneath

Scoring : Eight part choir SSAATTBB
Date: 2010
Approx Grade Standard: 8+
Length: 6mins
Description : A setting of a poem by Thomas Traherne, Herefordshire mystic and poet
First performance :  Dartington International Summer School   EXAUDI  August 2010

Regis Ethelberti

Scoring : Four part choir SATB
Date: 2010
Approx Grade Standard: 5-6
Length: 4mins
Description : The story of Saint Ethelbert, written for a project about the saints of Hereford
First performance :  Sine Nomine  Hereford Cathedral   July 2011

Love Swing

Scoring : Six part choir SSATBB
Date: 2007
Approx Grade Standard: 7-8
Length: 5 mins
Description : A joyful setting of a poem by Kabir
First performance :  at Dartington International Summer School by Stile Antico  August 2007

The Darkness of Night

Scoring: Soprano, Piano
Date: 2007
Approx Grade Standard: 8
Length: 5 mins
Description : A setting of a mystical poem by Kabir
First performance :  Nathalie Chalkley and Andrew Morris  St Leonard's Church Yarpole  May 2017

Musical Remedies after Bach

Scoring: Flute, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Voice, Piano, Bass, Drums
Date: 2004
Approx Grade Standard: 8+
Length: 150 mins
Description: Thirty-eight pieces based on the moods of the Bach Flower Remedies. The set includes pieces for flute, alto sax and trumpet, along with rhythm section of piano bass and drums. Ten Remedies are songs with lyrics by Harriet Edwards. Some of the trumpet pieces have been re-written in the summer of 2009
First performance :  Mikey Kirkpatrick and Andrew Morris Hereford Sixth Form COllege  July 2004

Seasons of Zen Spirit

Scoring: Tenor, flute and piano
Date: 2004
Approx Grade Standard: 8+
Length: 36 mins
Description: Cycle of four pieces reflecting the seasons of the year through short Zen poems. Extended and quite difficult flute part reflects on concise vocal part. Piano accompaniment uses some strumming strings techniques. First performance :  Peter Fletcher Mikey Kirkpatrick and Andrew Morris  Hereford Sixth Form College  July 2004

How we built the Priory

Scoring: Incidental music for play written by Ian Sorley
Date: 2003
Approx Grade Standard: 5
Length: c.24 mins
Description: Series of short pieces used as linking and scene setting music for play, plus an original song. Three performances in November 2003. DVD recording available.
First performance :  Leominster Priory  October 2003

God's Grandeur

Scoring: Eight part unaccompanied choir (SSAATTBB)
Date: 2003, revised 2007
Approx Grade Standard: 8
Length: 5 mins
Description: An eight part unaccompanied setting of the famous poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Inspired by hearing the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

Kanizsa

Scoring: Piano solo
Date: 2001
Approx Grade Standard: 8+
Length: 6 mins
Description: Moderately difficult piece written for Sam Haywood who gave the first performance at the Leominster Festival in 2001.
First performance :  Sam Haywood  Lion Ballroom Leominster  June 2001

Timetravel: Lemster's Milenium of Musicke

Scoring: SATB choir, accompanied by wind band with keyboard
Date: 2000
Approx Grade Standard: 5-7
Length: 18 mins
Description: Commissioned for Millennium BBC Music Live day in May 2000. Performed by a community choir and band as part of a large scale community event. Video and audio recording available.
First performance :  Leomisnter Priory  May 29th 2000

Globetrotters Ball

Scoring: Dance theatre piece scored for flutes, violins, trumpets, sax, trumpet, piano and percussion
Date: 1999-2000
Approx Grade Standard: 6-7
Length: 65 mins
Description: A series of seven separate pieces written for production at Hereford Courtyard Theatre in April 2000. Six performances.
First performance : Hereford Courtyard  April 2000

Infinite Fragments

Scoring: Piano solo
Date: 1998
Approx Grade Standard: 8
Length: 9 mins
Description: Fourteen short fragments for piano using various extended techniques. Performer decides order of fragments.
First performance :  by Joanna MacGregor in Leominster June 1998

Infinite Spiral I

Scoring: Piano deut
Date: 1997-8
Approx Grade Standard: 8
Length: 6 mins
Description: Single movement piece based on Norgard's Infinity series.
First performance :  by Kathy Hinde and Andrew Morris in a concert at the Lion Ballroom in February 1998

Honey Bear

Scoring: Soprano, clarinet, cello, piano and percussion
Date: 1997
Approx Grade Standard: 8
Length: 5 mins
Description: Fun but moderately difficult setting of light hearted poem by Eleanor Farjeon. Workshopped by Jane Manning and ensemble at COMA summer school in 1997.

Inner Light

Scoring: String trio
Date: 1997
Approx Grade Standard: 8+
Length: 13 mins
Description: Modal theme and variations commissioned for the opening of the Lion Ballroom in Leominster in 1997
First performance : Lion Ballroom Leominster   Beethoven String Trio of London. July 1997

Still Waters

Scoring: Flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, viola and cello
Date: 1997
Approx Grade Standard: 5-6
Length: 5 mins
Description: Single movement reflective piece written for COMA, and played by ensemble at summer school in 1997.

In the beginning

Scoring: Two part high voice with piano accompaniment
Date: 1996
Approx Grade Standard: 5
Length: 3 mins
Description: Religious pop song written in memory of Emma Lloyd and performed by the Leominster Schools Choir.
First performance :  Leominster Schools' Choir Leominster Priory May 1998

Gebrochene Schonheit

Scoring: String quartet
Date: 1996
Approx Grade Standard: 7
Length: 4 mins
Description: Reflective piece written in memory of Paul Servis
First performance :   at Paul's  memorial concert in East London  Andrew Morris July 1997.

Beyond the seventh day

Scoring: String quartet
Date: 1996
Approx Grade Standard: 6
Length: 7-15 mins
Description: Modal and tonal sections, aleatoric elements with performers making major decisions about performance. Workshopped by Bingham String Quartet at COMA summer school 1996.

Awaking in Heaven

Scoring: Baritone and piano
Date: 1995
Approx Grade Standard: 7
Length: 13 mins
Description: Three settings of poems by the English C17 mystic Thomas Traherne.
First performance :  Tim Cranmore and Andrew Morris  Chateau de Rohan Saverne, France  October 1995

The Hobbit Songbook

Scoring: Two part high voice choir with piano accompaniment
Date: 1994-5
Approx Grade Standard: 4
Length: 28 mins
Description: Sixteen settings of poems from Tolkien�s book, sung and recorded by the Leominster Junior School choir. Suitable for 9 � 13 age range, mostly tonal and straight forward. Needs moderately accomplished pianist.
First performance :  Leominster Junior School Choir  Leominster Priory  June 1995 (Leomisnter Festival concert)

This is the day

Scoring: Song in a popular style
Date: 1994
Approx Grade Standard: 5
Length: 3 mins
Description: Written on COMA summer school. Jazz song with rich harmonies.

The flute of interior time

Scoring: Soprano, flute and 'cello
Date: 1994
Approx Grade Standard: 7
Length: 15 mins
Description: Three settings of poems by the Sufi mystic poet, Kabir. Sparse scoring.
First performed in workshop concerr COMA summer school in August 1994. Mary King (soprano) Wortley Hall , Further performances with other singers in Leominster and Bleddfa

Five Bagatelles

Scoring: Piano Solo
Date: 1993
Approx Grade Standard: 5-6
Length: 5 mins
Description: Moderately easy modal pieces with interesting rhythmic challenges. Popular with teenagers.
First performance :  Andrew Morris  Lion Ballroom  1994

Three Carols

Scoring: Treble voices, recorders, piano and classroom percussion
Date: 1992
Approx Grade Standard: 3
Length: 10 mins
Description: Tonal and tuneful, suitable for schools. One performed several times by Leominster Junior School Choir and broadcast on Classic FM.

Snowdon Songs

Scoring: Mezzo soprano, two clarinets(one doubling bass clarinet), viola, cello and double bass
Date: 1991-2
Approx Grade Standard: 8
Length: 13 mins
Description: Atonal settings of Welsh englynion (short poems) in English translations.
First performance : as a set at COMA summer school in September 1993. First one performed by Composers' Ensemble at DISS in 1992.

Tai Chi on a rainy day

Scoring: Mezzo soprano, clarinet, viola and cello
Date: 1991
Approx Grade Standard: 8
Length: 4 mins
Description: Quirky tuneful setting of original words inspired by Tai Chi class at Dartington. Tonal with interesting metre changes, 
First performance :  DISS Ship Studio  Amy, Trio Watson and the Composers' Ensemble August 1991

The bright field

Scoring: Mezzo soprano, clarinet, viola, cello and double bass
Date: 1991
Approx Grade Standard: 8
Length: 4 mins
Description: Atmospheric setting of mystical poem by R.S.Thomas, mostly atonal but with joyful tonal conclusion.

Winter Walk

Scoring: Descant recorder, violin, piano
Date: 1990
Approx Grade Standard: 5
Length: 5 mins
Description: Immediately appealing tonal piece with some interesting rhythms. Suitable for youngsters of Grade 4-5 standard.
First performance :  Tabitha Rodway Ben Rodway and Andrew Morris  St Richard's School Bredenbury  February 1991.
Dedicated to memory of Sophie Coghlan.

Hereford Composers' Workshop

Tonight - October 5th - sees the AGM of the Herefordshire Composers' Workshop. This year we are meeting at Eardisley Church at 1900. The meeting will be followed by an informal performance of works by five composers from the HCW. All are welcome.

 

 

Group Composition Workshops BISYOC

Once again this summer I worked with BISYOC, an international youth exchange which took place at Moor Park School in North Herefordshire.

With a group of fourteen young musicians from seven diffrerent countries we created a new piece for violins, violas, cello, double bass, oboe, horn, harp, keyboard and percussion.

The piece was performed for the first time at the BISYOC chamber concert in Presteigne on August 9th 2017.