This site is a field guide to my life as a composer, but also a guide to the many ways in which my works are shaped and made. It contains some of my drawings that form such an important part of my process and research, which in turn lead to performances and recordings. It is a series of sonic and visual portraits , a natural biography that illustrates my ongoing contact with nature. News and reviews completes this home guide!
NEWS

ABC RADIO NATIONAL

Following the much acclaimed broadcast of Edward’s Drawing Towards Music in May 2014, ABC Radio National commissioned another program entitled The Singing Planet which was broadcast in two parts on ABC Radio National in February,2016. The programmes can still be listened-to on their website.

PARTICLE PARTITA

The first London performance of this piece will be given by members of the Kreutzer Quartet at The Wilton Hall on July 26, 2016.

CHARM OF AUSTRALIAN FINCHES for flute and piano.

This work has been recorded by Laura Chislett (flutes) and Stephanie McCallum (piano) and was released on ABC Classics in March 2016.

LEVERHULME EMERITUS RESEARCH FELLOW

Having completed this fellowship with his tour of California in October, 2015, Edward is composing a set of ‘canticles’ for the BBC Singers- four choral works inspired by Joshua Tree National Park; Death Valley; Yosemite National Park and The ocean at Monteray Marine Park. He is also to compose a string quartet; his 7th, on the same subjects. This is to be for the Kreutzer String Quartet, who are continuing their now-strong and ongoing collaboration with him.

CLARINET CONCERTO No3 - Ruskin’s Dreams - Coniston.

The BBC Philharmonic will make a premiere studio recording of this major work on May 26th., 2016 for later broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The soloist is Julian Bliss and the conductor is Michael Seal. The work involves the shifting and often tortured mind of John Ruskin and the ways in which Lake Coniston with its own mercurial and quixotic changes of mood affected his own personality.

ICKE JAG UTEN GUD I MIG

(Not I, but God in me)

Commissioned by the organist Stephen Farr, for world premiere in Uppsala Cathedral, Sweden on August 9th, 2016. This is to be the first in a major series of organ works which will be directly inspired some of the great cathedrals of the world.


TIDE IN KNOTTS

Commissioned by the Haffner Orchestra as part of their 40th anniversay celebrations, for large chamber orchestra. This work is inspired by the mass eruptions and flight-swarms of thousands of over-wintering wading birds called knotts.

STRING QUARTETS 3-5

NMC CD RELEASE

NMC released this new CD of Edward’s string quartets 3,4 and 5- all recorded by The Kreutzer String Quartet. The recording received instant critical acclaim and was awarded 4 * in The Guardian on its release on February 19, 2016.


THE COLOURS OF DARK LIGHT

AND KANDINSKY’S OBOE

Distinguished oboist Chris Redgate joined The Coull String Quartet to make a recording of Edward’s ‘The Colours of Dark Light’ and Chris- to record the solo oboe(s) piece, ‘Kandinsky’s Oboe’ for release on the Divine Arts CD label at the end of 2016.