I've begun sketches for a setting of the Requiem Mass. The scoring will be modest - essentially wind quintet plus string quintet (solo players), with relatively easy choral parts. I won't be setting the Latin text in its entirety, but will include a number of English poems reflecting, in one way or another, on death, decay, and the passing of things. These poems will be set for solo voices. (Britten's War Requiem is an obvious model for this kind of structure, but my work will perhaps be closer in spirit to Fauré.) If you know of anyone interested in commissioning such a work, please let me know!
Events Coming Soon
18 Feb. 2017, 1.00 p.m., St.Leonard's Church, Seaford: Ellie Blackshaw (violin and viola) and I play my Sonata for Violin and Piano, plus works by Elgar, Bridge, and Vaughan Williams. More events...
(Banner photo (detail) by Robert Broughton)
Composing & Performing
When I compose, I like to think of live musicians, singing or playing. I prefer the sometimes rough edges, the rasp, clatter and hiss of acoustic instruments, to the manufactured perfection of electronic sound. And I prefer the uncertainties of live performance to recordings which, however wonderful, remain forever the same. Read more...
Engaging with other people is also essential to my work as performer and teacher. As a pianist, I do give the occasional solo recital, but I have a definite preference for work (not just concerts) in which I partner singers or instrumentalists in one combination or another. Read more...
Julian is a composer, pianist and educator with over ten years’ experience of teaching music and creative studies at degree level at the University of Sussex and in the wider community.