Each piece comes with its own challenges, but these are not frustrations. It is exhilarating to start a new piece and think about how to build its sonic world. I’ve been lucky enough to have huge variety in my work
I would also say that my music is very much for the performer. I really deeply love musicians, and I want my music to be rewarding for them
Who or what inspired you to take up a career in music? As a teenager I was lucky to have Jeremy Carter as my piano teacher. I also revered the rock’n’roll pianism of Jerry Lee Lewis (and still do). Who or what were the most important influences on your musical life and career? I struggled…
Each commission has its own challenges, this may be linked to a brief. It often feels like you have to learn composing anew for each piece and that’s tough
the thing perhaps that links my compositional language is a sense of expressiveness, I feel a great need to express how I feel and think, as I am sure do all composers. I can’t, for example, work solely with serial techniques
Compositions happen in small bits, over time and you react to things in rehearsals. So, for me it’s about having an open-minded approach and a flexible mindset.