New Composition: Pre-Collision

I’m just back from my sixth and final National Youth Orchestra of GB residency. The main piece I worked on was Pre-Collision, for string octet. The orchestral programme was characterised by the theme of space/scientific discoveries and included Gravitational Waves – a new commission by Iris ter Shiphorst.

Pre-Collision began with the idea of the orbits of two stars (here, the upper and lower quartets) in space prior to a collision. I imagined the event as being witnessed from far away. The two groups are in a constant state of motion and gradually converge over the course of the piece. The fragile, unstable texture is the consequence of the collision of (often conflicting) instrumental techniques.

Pre-Collision was performed by an ensemble consisting of NYO alumni and members of the Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Roger Benedict. It was performed at the Britten Studio of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall (04/08/16), the foyer of Birmingham Symphony Hall (05/08/16), and the Clore Ballroom of the Southbank Centre (06/08/16).

Audio/video to follow.

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