A Thin Place - 3 prayers from the Carmina Gadelica (2002)
Written for and dedicated to Hans Leenders and his Studium Chorale from Maastricht (The Netherlands)
The texts come from a collection of prayers which Alexander Carmichael in 1832 was given permission for by local people living in remote areas in Scotland, to write down.
"There is a Celtic saying that heaven and earth are only three feet apart, but in the thin places that distance is even smaller.
A thin place is where the veil that separates heaven and earth is lifted and one is able to receive a glimpse of something devine.
Première: 21 September, 2002 during the Festival Musica Sacra, in Maastricht.
Duration: approx. :10 '
Currently working on a work for saxophone quartet, requested by the Bron Saxophone Quartet.
My latest work is "Ritual text for the afterlife" for women's choir and tubular bells.
Ancient Greek goldplates with texts - recently found in graves - that were carried by the dead on their journey to afterlife.
In progress is a work of a much bigger scale: Blodeuwedd, a dance poem for narrator, singer/reciter, dancer and ensemble. The poem is by the Welsh poet Tony Conran.
Another recent work (2016) is
O me! O life! (Walt Whitman) for choir and string quintet.