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

Op. 40 Totentanz>

Scoring :  Organ
Date :  2019-2020
Approx grade standard : 7
Length :  c. 5 minutes
Description :  A single movement elegy written for the organ in Leominster Priory
First performance :  tbc

Op. 39 Mandala>

Scoring :  Oboe, Bassoon, Piano
Date :  2019
Approx grade standard : 8+
Length :  c. 22 minutes
Description :  A set of five movements for oboe bassoon and piano inspired by attending Jill Purce Mandala course in April/May 2019.
First performance :  Yarpole, Herefordshire 29th September 2019 (2 movements only)
Ruth Watson (oboe)  Ollie Galletta (bassoon) Andrew Morris (piano)

op. 38 Nine Faces of the Soul>

Scoring :  Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello, Piano
Date :  2019
Approx grade standard : 8+
Length :  c. 47 minutes
Description :  A set of nine movements embodying the energies of the nine Enneagram Types. THey are presented in the Enneagram order 1 - 4 - 2 - 8 - 5 - 7 - 3 - 6 - 9
Most of the movements feature all four instruments but movemenr 2 omits the cello, movement 3 omits the violin and movement 8 omits the piano.
First performance :  Hay on Wye, sometime in 2020 (tbc)

Op. 37 Despair to Hope - Three Sonnets>

Scoring :  Mezo soprano and piano
Date :  2017
Approx grade standard : 8
Length  12 minutes
Description :  setting of three sonnets originally written to form part of Despair to Hope installation at Leominster Priory in April 2017
First performance :  tba
op. 36 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 Quartet

Op. 35 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 :  August 4th 2017 Assembly Rooms Ludlow as part of the BISYOC Tutors' concert
Michael Dooley (bassoon)  Andrew Morris (piano)

op. 34 For the forty-eight percent>

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

op. 33 When evening twilight gathers round>

Scoring : Soprano and piano
Date : 2015
Description : A short setting of a mystical poem
Length : 2 minutes
First performance : Stephanie Millington and Andrew Morris in St Leonard's Church,Yarpole February 19th 2016

Op. 32 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

Op. 31 Wu Xing - Five Elements

Scoring :  Alto saxophone (improvising)  and piano
Date :  2014
Approx grade standard :  8
Length :  22 minutes
First performance : Assembly Rooms Presteigne  September 7th 2014 by Theo Jobst and Andrew Morris

Op. 30 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

Op. 29 Ode to Joy

Scoring : Soprano solo = SATB unaccompanied chorus
Date : 2011, commissioned by The Britten Singers
Length : 5 minutes
First performance : 2011 by The Britten Singers conducted by Pam White

Op. 28 Apple Tree Hymn

Scoring :  SATB chorus + piano
Date :  2011
Length : 3 minutes
First performance :  Hereford 2011 Sine Nomine choir. Subsequently performed by Birchpole Singers

Op. 27 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

Op. 26b 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

Op. 26a 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

Op. 25 Edfrith Mystery Play

Scoring : Violins, recorders, keyboard
Date: 2008
Approx Grade Standard: 7-8
Length: 5 mins
Description : Incidental music fort theatrical production
First performance :  at Leominster Priory October 2010

Op. 24 Two Fountains of the Apocalypse

Scoring : Alto saxophone, bass, drums, piano
Date: 2008
Approx Grade Standard: 7-8
Length: 5 mins
Description : Incidental music fort theatrical production
First performance :  at Leominster Community Centre June 2008

Op. 23 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

Op. 22 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

Op. 21 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 were re-written in the summer of 2009
First performance :  Mikey Kirkpatrick and Andrew Morris Hereford Sixth Form COllege  July 2004

Op. 20 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

Op. 19 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.
First performance :  October 13th 2018 Edge Chamber Choir conducted by Ros Crouch  Leominster Priory

Op. 18 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

Op. 17 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

Op. 16 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

Op. 15 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

Op. 14 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

Op. 13 Infinite Spiral I

Scoring: Piano duet
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

Op. 12 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

Op. 11 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.

Op. 10 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.

Op. 9b 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

Op. 9a Gebrochene Schonheit

Scoring: Piano solo
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.

Op. 8 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

Op. 7 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)

Op. 6 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

Op. 5b 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.

Op. 5a 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

Op. 4 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.

Op. 3 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

Op. 2 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.

Op.1 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

 

Group Composition Workshops BISYOC

In June and July 2019 I will be working with a group of children from Hay Primary School to produce some additional material for the COMA concert to be held at Hay School on July 13th.

(see Forthcoming Concerts)

 

 

 

Once again in the summer fo 2017 I worked with BISYOC, an international youth exchange which took place at Moor Park School in North Herefordshire.