When I was a bird for solo soprano saxophone is inspired by the poem of the same name by Katherine Mansfield. It was first performed at the International Melbourne Saxophone Festival, June 2019 by Genevieve Davidson, in a programme based on the idea of the unifying and universal influence of birds and birdsong in compositions for saxophone.
Commissioned note: Commissioned by Genevieve Davidson
30 Jun 2019: Performed by Genevieve Davidson at Melbourne International Saxophone Festival
22 Sep 2019: SMP Ensemble | Reflections
Three Dances of the Ocean, Sky and Forest is a suite of three dances to be performed by harp ensemble, with live dancers interwoven into the performance. Each movement has a unique character for the musicians and dancers to explore:
I. Of the Ocean (A lyrical dance)
II. Of the Sky (A slipjig)
III. Of the Forest (A tango)
A suite of five short tunes written for the Wellington Harp Orchestra in 2018. Each tune was created to capture a snippet of a mood or a feeling.
Suitable for beginner to intermediate ensemble.
Dedication note: for the Wellington Harp Orchestra
1. A Quiet Morning
3. Catch the Ice-cream Truck!
5. Look Through the Rain
Into the Forest is a short piece for harp duo or harp ensemble.
Suitable for beginner and intermediate harpist.
Into the Forest evolved from musing upon the following words while they were swirling around and around in my mind:
"Light came out of the forest
One more step
You and I;
I wanted to see you
I wanted to see you"
Under Watchful Eyes – A walk through the Tudor Gardens, for harp trio, was written for Harpenz 2015.
Suitable for intermediate harpists.
Harpenz is a four day harp ensemble workshop which is run every odd-numbered year in Auckland. Run since 2001 (when it was known as 'Harp Weekend'), it has survived the hatchings, matchings, and dispatchings of the organisers and attendees and has organically grown into an exciting event on the NZ harp calendar.
Commissioned note: written for Harpenz 2015
Dedication note: for Harpenz 2015
Performance history: 18 Apr 2015 - Performed by Harpenz 2015 participants in Auckland