Lines and Spaces 

2015  | 13’

Commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society

for piano


Dedicated to Richard Uttley

Whilst composing these miniatures I kept coming back to Agnes Martin’s exquisitely simple paintings. They have shown me over and over again how much is possible with lines and spaces. They are just grids and lines, and yet they evoke much more with the delicate layering of paint and beautiful imperfections. 

These miniatures fluctuate between compressing or expanding, creating a bold line or subtle bands of faint colours.

Selected performances:     Richard Uttley                      hcmf//, Huddersfield UK, 2015 (premiere)

                                                                                                               Manchester UK; Paris, 2016

                                                                                                               Klangspuren Schwatz, Tirol, Austria, 2017

                                                                                                               London, 2019

                                                          Fidan Aghayeva-Edler     unerhöhrte musik, Berlin 2019



2006/9  |  6’

for piano


I    Transparent

II    (Untitled)

III    Frozen

IV    (Untitled)

My initial idea centred around different characteristics of ice. ‘Is’ is the Old English (and also used in some Scandanavian languages) for ice. This idea transformed into a desire to write pieces that just ‘are’: that had simple, mostly non-developmental structures.  

This is a suggested order only – they can be played in any desired order.

Selected performances:     Rolf Hind                                 Wigmore Hall, London (premiere); Edinburgh; Cardiff, UK 2006

                                                          Yannick Wirner                  Karlsruhe, Germany 2007

                                                          Ninon Gloger                       Lübeck, Germany 2016