Orchestral &

Concerto

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2019

Snake and Lizard     for narrator and orchestra      7' 30"             

     2(1.p) 2 2 2(1.cbn) / 4 3 3 1 / timp, xylo, perc / str

     Commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia for the APO 4 Kids Story time Concert March & April 2019         

2017

Echoes of an Exhibition     for orchestra      10'             

     2(1.p) 2 2 2 / 4 3 3 0 / timp, perc / str

     Commissioned by the Sadler Jones Family Trust for Risingholme Orchestra's 24th Jubilee, June 2017. 

     Based on paintings inspired by Philip Trustum, inspired by a performance of Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition'

     I. Metro-gnome – II. Troubadour – III. Catacombs – IV. Two Polish Jews        

2017

And Soon it will be Dawn >    for brass & percussion      5'             

     4 3 3 0 / timp, tamtam, bassdrum

     Commissioned by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the 25th anniversary

     of its Lamb and Haywood Masterworks series        

Performed by the brass and percussion of the NZSO

2015

Processions    three pieces for youth orchestra      7'             

     5(pc) 1 2(1.bcl/bsn) 1(bcl/bsn) / alto sax+Eb horn(or 2 F horns) 2 0 0 /  timp, perc(3) / str

     Commissioned by Susan Melville for the ocasion of a cultural exchange to Guilin and Shanghai, China by the musicians from the

     Hawkes Bay Youth Orchestra in conjunction with the NZ China Friendship Society, April 2016.       

2015

Four Songs by Douglas Lilburn     orch. for high voice & chamber orchestra      8'             

     2 2 2 2 / 2 2 1 0 / timp, perc(1) / str      brass optional

     Commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia for Lilburn 100 Celebrations.

     I. Lines in Autumn (Basil Dowling, text) – II. The Picnic (Ruth Dallas, text) – III. Summer's Sadness (D'Arcy Cresswell, text)

     IV. Holiday Piece (Denis Glover, text)         

2015

Animals of the Orchestra     for chamber orchestra       10'             

     2 2 2 2 / 1 1 2 0 / timp, perc(1) / str      ( + optional  tuba and trumpet II )

     A reworking of a selection from Saint–Saens 'Carnival of the Animals'.

     Devised for Resonance Ensemble Kidsfest programme, July 2015        

2014

When Gravity Fails >    a 'mini concerto' for solo viola & orchestra      8'             

     2 2 2 2 / 4 3 3 1 / timp, perc(2) / str

     Commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia for Bryony Gibson-Cornish (2013 APO Young Soloist of the Year)

     Based on three pieces from When Gravity Fails for viola & piano       

Performed by Bryony Gibson-Cornish (viola) and the NZSO

Philip introduces When Gravity Fails

2013

The Cat Who Became a Poet >    for narrator & chamber orchestra      11'             

     2 2 2 2 / 2 2 2 0 / perc(2), hp / str

     Setting of a story by Margaret Mahy. Commissioned by the CSO for a Margaret Mahy Memorial concert. 

     Funded by Creative New Zealand     

Performed by the CSO

2012

Earthquake: 22.2.11 >    for narrator & orchestra      6'             

     2 2 2 2 / 4 3 3 1 / timp, perc(3) / str

     3(1.2.p) 3(1.2.ca) 3(1.2.bcl) 3(1.2.cbn) / timp, perc(3), pn, hp / str     (alternative large orchestration)

     Setting of a poem by Gary McCormick.

     Composed for the CSO with funding from Creative New Zealand  

Performed by Philip Aldridge (narrator) and the NZSO

Philip introduces Earthquake: 22.2.11

2012

At the Lighting of the Lamps >     for SATB choir & orchestra       13'             

     2 2 2 2 / 2 2 3 1 / timp, perc(2), hp / str      

     2 1 1 0 / 0 0 0 1 / perc(1), hp / str    (alternative reduced version)

     Commissioned by the Christchurch City Choir for its 21st anniversary with funding from Creative New Zelaand

     A setting of the first three cantos of the poem by the same name by Ursula Bethell      

2009

A Lion in the Meadow >    for narrator & small orchestra      3' 30"             

     2 2 2 2 / 0 0 0 0 / timp, perc(1) / str

     Setting of the childrens' book of the same name, by Margaret Mahy.

     Commissioned by the CSO for a Margaret Mahy Memorial concert with funding from Creative New Zealand.     

Performed by Juliet Reynolds–Midgley (narrator) and the CSO

2009

Suite from Peter Pan >    for orchestra      19'             

     2 2 2 2 / 2 2 2 1 / timp, perc(2/3), hp/pn / str

     Commissioned for first performance by the Risingholme Orchestra, Christchurch

     with funding from Creative New Zealand    

Entr'acte & Pirates' Dance performed by Wellington Sinfonia (now Orchestra Wellington) and Kenneth Young (conductor)

2008

Dudelsack Medley     for solo dudelsack & small orchestra       10'             

     2 2 2 2 / 0 0 0 0 / timp, perc(1), hp / str      

     I. Once in Royal David's City - II. Two Czech Carols (Nasem Vam Noviny & Stetsi, Zdravi, Pkov Svaty)      

2005

A visit from St Nicholas     an orchestral 'soundwash'       variable duration             

     variable instrumentation     

     To accompany a recitation of Samuel Clemens Moore's poem by Gary Moore (former Mayor of Christchurch)     

2017

Fanfare for Dame Sylvia Cartwright >    for brass ensemble      1' 10"             

     4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba

     Commissioned by CSO for performance in the presence of Dame Sylvia, July 2005

Performed by the brass of the NZSO and Marc Taddei (conductor)

2004

Fanfare on Personet Hodie     for orchestra       1' 30"            

     2 2 2 2 / 4 3 3 1 / timp, perc(3), hp / str     ( + optional brass band and optional choir )     

    

2004

Suite from A Christmas Carol     for orchestra       18'             

     2 2 2 2 / 2 2 2 1 / timp, perc(2), keyboard / str     

 

     Commissioned by Canterbury Philharmonia, funding from the Community Trust.   

    

2002

Inception to Infinity >    for solo guitar & strings      18'             

     Commissioned by Massey University of Wellington for Matthew Marshall (guitar) 

Performed by Mathew Marshall (guitar) and Vector Wellington Orchestra (now Orchestra Wellington)

1999

The House that Sings    for string orchestra      10'             

1996

The Park >     suite for orchestra       20'             

     3 2 2 2 / 4 3 3 1 / timp, perc(2) / str     *also suitable for amateur orchestras and youth orchestras

 

     Commissioned by Canterbury Philharmonia Society with funding from Creative New Zealand.

    

1995

Concerto for Violin and Piano >    for solo violin, solo piano & orchestra      22'             

     2 2 2 2 / 4 3 3 1 / timp / str  

     Commissioned by the CSO with funding from Creative New Zealand

Coming soon...

1992

Friendship Haiku >    an orchestral tone poem      10'             

     2(1.p) 2 2 3(1.2.cbn) / 4 3 3 1 / perc, hp / str

     Commissioned by the CSO with funding from Creative New Zealand

Performed by the CSO (from 1992)

1992

The Juggler Overture >    for orchestra & optional juggler      5'             

     2(1.p) 2 2 3(1.2.cbn) / 4 3 3 1 / perc, hp / str

     Commissioned by the NZSO for Ron Goodwin's Summer Pops tour 1993

Performed by the NZSO and Ron Goodwin (conductor) (from 1993)

1991

Mists    for orchestra      2' 15"             

     2 2 2 2 / 2 0 0 0 / str    (winds optional)

1989

Canterbury Rhythms >    overture for orchestra      12'             

     2(1.p) 2 2 3(1.2.cbn) / 4 3 3 1 / perc, hp / str

     Commissioned by the CSO 

Performed by the CSO and Max McBryde (conductor) (from 1989)

1984

Concerto No.2    for twenty car horns      7'             

     Commissioned for the Christchurch Festival

1979

Concerto No.1    for twenty-odd car horns      5'             

     Commissioned by New Zealand Students Arts Festival

Music Director, Risingholme Orchestra

Music Director, Jubilate Singers

Founding Trustee, The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts

Founding Chairman, Concerts for Christchurch Foundation

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