Endurance to test 3rd Section bands in 2020

Morthanveld Publishing are delighted to announce that a newly commissioned work, Endurance – narrative variations for brass band is to be used as the testpiece for the 3rd section of the 2020 Regional Championships of Great Britain. Endurance was commissioned by Kapitol Promotions Ltd as part of an exciting initiative to provide four brand new Read More …

10 Things Composers Wish They Could Tell Performers

Recently there was a tongue-in-cheek blog post from cornet player Liv Appleton’s always entertaining ‘itsnotatrumpet‘ blog entitled “10 Things We Wish We Could Tell Composers“. So, I thought it might be nice to respond with 10 things I think most composers would REALLY like to be able to tell performers. In the spirit of the original Read More …

Collaborative composition – working on ‘Lucid Perspectives’

In January this year I was delighted and privileged to attend the premiere performance of Lucid Perspectives, a new piece for brass band written collaboratively between Paul McGhee, Lucy Pankhurst and myself. Ever since, I’ve been meaning to blog about the experience, so here goes… Roughly a year ago I was contacted by a good friend Read More …

Combining Music and Video

Middleton Band marked their 140th anniversary in 2016 by combining music and video in two special anniversary commissions. During 2016 I spent a lot of time working with them on their 140th anniversary piece ‘Perseverance‘. The piece was commissioned using lottery funds from the Arts Council of England, and the second part of the application was Read More …

Middleton Band 140th Anniversary – Performing ‘Perseverance’.

This evening (1 October 2016) is the official celebration of Middleton Band‘s 140th anniversary, marked by a gala performance of ‘Perseverance’, which the band originally commissioned me to write for them almost exactly two years ago. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to be appointed as the band’s Musical Director, so as I write I’m Read More …

Ring’d with the Azure World: New music at Huddersfield University

Friday 8 April saw a productive rehearsal on a new work for brass quintet. Ring’d with the Azure World… has been commissioned by the Harmonia Brass Quintet, five students at the University of Huddersfield, for performance at their final recital in May. The five instrumentalists in Harmonia Brass are all brass band players, and the Read More …

strange geometry at the Sage Gateshead

Morthanveld Publishing are delighted to announce the premiere of a new piece of music on Sunday 15 November – Morgan Griffiths and the Hammonds Saltaire Band have commissioned a new piece entitled strange geometry to perform as part of their exciting and innovative programme at this year’s Brass in Concert Championships, held at the iconic Read More …

Recording ‘Perseverance’ with Middleton Band

Early in July 2015 I had the pleasure of reacquainting myself with the mighty Middleton Band at the recording sessions for their latest CD. Back in 2014 the band started discussing commissioning a composition from me to mark their upcoming 140th anniversary in 2016 and after applying and winning Arts Council funding at the end Read More …