Photo: the churchyard, St. Just-in-Roseland, Cornwall (see To Tolverne - a Riddle)
List of compositions
Trilithon for orchestra (begun 1968 – completed & revised 2015)
In Bruton Town Fantasia on a Somerset folk song for double string orchestra (1992)
Sinfonietta for String Orchestra(1998), premiere the Forum Bath, Rainbow International Ensemble, conductor Roger Heaton.
Revised 2014 as Tetractys performed 2014 The Bristol Ensemble conducted by the composer.
Among Seven Hills Sinfonia Concertante for piano and orchestra (2009) World première 14 April 2010 Colston Hall, Bristol, Philip Mead with the Bristol Ensemble, conductor Neal Farwell;
Choral and Orchestral
Eadgar Cyning - settings of three poems from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle about the coronation and death of Edgar at Bath. World premiere Bath Abbey 20 April 1996. Eclectic Voices and Western Sinfonia, conductor Scott Stroman; Commissioned by the Diocese of Bath and Wells for the Bishop Ken Celebrations 1996.
Orbium Cœlestium (Of the Celestial Orbs) (2015) Cantata for mixed chorus, soloists and orchestra on a text by Nicholaus Copernicus.
An Entangled Bank for 8-part choir a capella (SSAATTBB) text: Charles Darwin "The Origin of Spieces" (2013)
The Song of the Trees - a secular Christmas carol for 4-part choir (SATB) and organ. text: anonymous Somerset folk poem (201
Lattice for 12 solo strings and electronics (1972 Commissioned by the Barber Institute, University of Birmingham)
A Dream of Flying for clarinet, horn, bassoon, string trio, double bass and piano first performed by the Herschel Ensemble; May 1995; second performance Michael Tippett Centre 2000, Rainbow International Ensemble, conductor Roger Heaton.
Die! A-One Sparrow for 2 pianos (2002) Premiere Bristol Music Club, 14 May 2005, Chris Northam and Steven Kings.
String Quartet (2011); world premiere: the Bristol Ensemble (Roger Huckle & Rachel Gough – violins, Moira Alabaster – viola, Alison Gillies - cello) Arnolfini, Bristol 25 November 2011
Cantilena for cello and open score ensemble; world premiere: Alison Gillies and the CoMA Bristol Ensemble; 5 June 2013 The Lantern, Colston Hall, Bristol.
Clarion Call for bass clarinet and open score ensemble; world premiere: Mary Barrett and the CoMA Bristol Ensemble; 4 June 2014, The Lantern, Colston Hall, Bristol
The Swan - after Camille Saint-Saens (2014) for cello and two pianos
The Persistence of Memory (2016) sonata for violin and piano (after Salvador Dali)
High Wood - solo oboe 1988 (premiere Michael Tippett Centre; Robin Canter)
Un Tiento Rasguado (homage to Joaquin Rodrigo) junior competition test piece for the Bath International Guitar Festival 1996.
6 Sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay for mezzo soprano and piano; World premiere, Lore Lixenberg/Jolyon Laycock, 11 May 2012, Arnolfini, Bristol
3 Sonnets of Gerard Manley Hopkins for baritone and piano; World premiere Jolyon Laycock/Geoffrey Poole Bristol Music Club 6 December 2013.
The Ballad of Gogmagog an entertainment for baritone and small orchestra (2014)
Dark Seas 5 poems of Philip Larkin for coloratura soprano, clarinet and piano World premiere: Sarah Leonard, Mary Barrett & Stephen Gutman 22 May 2014, The Lantern Colston Hall, Bristol.
3 Shakespeare Sonnets for high baritone and piano (2016)
- Sonnet 18 - "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
- Sonnet 65 - "Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,"
- Sonnet 116 - "Let me not to the marriage of true minds..."
Stage works and music-theatre
Four Times Four for 16 actors/dancers/singers with electronics 1971
Bladud - a wordscape with music commissioned by Bathampton Primary School 1985
Woden's Dyke music-theatre for school and community performance based on the story of the Anglo-Saxon chieftain Ceawlin of Wessex. Commissioned by Wansdyke Arts Council 1987.
Hetty Pegler music theatre piece commissioned by Prema Arts Centre, Uley, Gloucestershire 1988
Seven Stars Community Opera based on Thomas Clarkson's investigations into the Bristol slave trade in 1787. Bristol City Commission.(1994)
Mengjiang Weeping at the Wall Music-theatre piece for soprano, choir, small ensemble, Chinese instruments and junior children; Commissioned by the Corsham Festival June 2002. UK Chinese Ensemble, Damien Harron and the Rainbow International Ensemble, conductor Nicholas Keyworth.Presentations in Bristol, Bath and Midsomer Norton by 150 junior children, UK Chinese Ensemble, Rainbow International Ensemble: February, March and June 2004.
Poems and literary works include
On Reading Cutt's Plain English Guide and other humourous verse
A Hundred Bison A collection of Dordogne poems
A Mendip Ploughing Match at Priddy and other Mendip poems
Estrildis an operatic libretto in blank verse based on a story from Geoffrey of Monmouth The History of the Kings of Britain.
Persons from Chew 28 Limericks rhyming with ChewPoems by Jolyon Laycock; illustrations by John Gully