List of compositions

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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 (2016)

Instrumental ensemble

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) world premiere Madeleine Mitchell/Geoffrey Poole; St. George's, Bristol - 22 November 2016

Latham Variations for oboe and piano - First performance by Tom Latham/Jolyon Laycock 23 May 2017 Bristol Music Club
Thirteen Fragments  (2020) for brass quintet - First performance by the Bristol Brass Consort , Friday 4 March 2022 Arnolfini. Bristol

Solo instrumental

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.

12 Landscape Studies for solo piano Book 1 (2010)

12 Landscape Studies for solo piano Book 2 (2010)

12 River Preludes for solo piano (2011)

6 Haikus for solo instruments (2022) - Clarinet, violin, cello, French horn, cor anglais, piano


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 high 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..."
Mountains of the Mind  Song cycle of 12 poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins for high baritone and piano - world premiere Jolyon Laycock and Matthew Clark - baritones with Philip Blandford - piano, St. Paul's Church, Clifton Bristol; 17 May 2018.

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  Opera for soloists, chorus and orchestra 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.
The Summer Child  Chamber Opera based on an ancient British legend taken from Historia Regum Britanniae of Geoffrey of Monmouth (2022)