High Aldons

This Orchestral version was completed November 2017


High Aldons was originallly composed for the Alwinton Music Festival composition competition 2016.


The brief was to write a piece for Katheryn Tickell and her band The Side - Northumbrian Pipes, Celtic Harp, Accordion, and Cello. The piece was one of three shortlisted for workshopping -   which was duly given on the 7th May 2016.


High Aldons, a house owned by my wife's cousin, stands in splendid isolation on the top of a hill in Ayrshire. Music is always a big part of our visits - back in 80s I remember pumping the old harmonium - before the mice finally got the upper hand. In more recent times various musical instruments (which are to be found lying in wait in every corner) are rediscovered to add to the general mayhem aka the sing-song. At some stage a composition of mine would have to be christened 'High Aldons'.

This work was first performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on 23rd Febuary 2018

Duration: 5' 30"

piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in Bb, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon.

4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba.

Timpani, 3 percussion players (glock, crotales, tubular bells, tambourine, snare drum, clash cymbal)

celesta, harp, strings