String orchestra and harpsichord | Duration: 15 minutes
Duration: 15 minutes. A modern concerto grosso in three movements. Commissioned by the Esterházy Orchestra, and first performed at their inaugural concert in the Banqueting House, Whitehall, in October 1985, conducted by John Blood. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 1987 by the Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Vernon Handley.
First performed by James McVinnie in Westminster Abbey on May 16th 2010, this brilliantly coloured recital-piece (although very different in idiom) echoes Riff-raff in its variety & unpredictability. Dedicated to the memory of Swayne’s much-lamented monkey Cuckoo, it is a series of variations on his name, and presents a portrait of his character.
A setting of original words by Katrina Shepherd, this short carol beautifully captures the hushed rapture of a small parish church in a snowbound landscape, just before Christmas. Couched in a highly accessible style, it is simple for any choir to sing, and is already very popular with choirs in Britain and abroad.