Orchestral Music (including Concertos)

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ORCHESTRA (including Concertos)

Aztec Genesis (2000)
3/3/3/2sax/2 4/3/3/1 4perc pno strings  30 mins.

A Colchester Suite (1982)
2222/21(2)0/2perc/str.  15 mins.

Colne Valley Variations (2006)
main orchestra: 2131/22/3perc/str
training orchestra: 4 parts: flexible instrumentation  18 mins.

Fanfares for orchestra (1985)
3(1+pic)3(1+ca)3(1+bcl)3(1+db)/4331/pno.timp.3pc./str.  9 mins.
A colourful showpiece for the full orchestra: first performed by the Colchester Institute Symphony Orchestra (conductor Christopher Phelps) Colchester, 29 November 1985
On hire from the composer

Fat Cat (1983) for narrator, orchestra, and audience
15+ mins.
An entertainment for children in which the audience are taught their (easy) parts on the day. Ipswich Orchestral Society (conductor Christopher Phelps) commission, with funds from Eastern Arts, first performed at Ipswich Corn Exchange, 4 March 1984
`All the right ingredients: a good vivid story, interesting orchestral effects, and audience participation’ – Evening Star: `It sounded very funny but it was good fun’ (Paul Bailey, age 6)
On hire from the composer

Harwich Hornpipe (2003) for symphony orchestra
4-5 mins
Commissioned by Essex Music Services, this overture celebrates the 400th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter to the port of Harwich. Based on a short motif derived from the letters of the town’s name, it makes lively musical reference to the town’s maritime history. First performed by the Essex Youth Orchestra, conductor Robin Browning, on January 3 2004, in St Nicholas’ Church, Harwich
On hire from the composer

Lyric Overture (1976)
8 mins.
First performed by Ipswich Orchestral Society (conductor Christopher Phelps) 24 November 1979.
‘an engaging work: rhythmic, bright and lively ‘- East Anglian Daily Times
On hire from the composer

Scherzo for Swinburne (1996)
5 mins.
A lively movement based on a fragment from an overture by W H Swinburne (1907-1994) for many years a leading figure in Colchester’s musical life. Commissioned by Colchester Orchestra as part of `Suite for Swinburne’ – first performed Colchester Orchestra / Christopher Phelps, 20 April 1997 (the other movements are by W H Swinburne, John Dowding and Roy Teed)
On hire from the composer

Sinfonietta for brass, percussion, and strings (1987)
13 mins.
Commissioned by Colchester Chamber Orchestra with funds from Eastern Arts: first performance by Colchester Chamber Orchestra (conductor Christopher Phelps), 8 February 1988.
`full of colour and interest’ – East Anglian Daily Times
On hire from the composer


Concerto for Recorder and Strings
Written for and first performed by John Turner, this work uses four different recorders, tenor, treble, descant and sopranino. The lively first movement is followed by a sorrowful and expressive lament, and the finale is a passacaglia which eventually returns to a triumphant restatement of the opening material, during which the soloist plays all four instruments in turn.
PEACOCK PRESS (recorder and piano) – string parts on hire
c. 10 mins

Solitary City for horn and string orchestra (1997)
c. 10 mins
Commissioned by Colchester New Music for Clare Hutchings and the Guildhall String Ensemble
On hire from the composer

Recipes for descant recorder and string orchestra (or string quartet) (1989/98)
10 mins Grade 4-7
First performance of this version, Chester, 1998

1.Coffee and Croissants 2.Barbecue Blues 3.Prawn Paella 4.Special Chop Suey 5.Fish and Chips
FORSYTH (material on hire)
Recorded on the CD `English Recorder Music’ performed by John Turner (recorders) and the strings of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted by Gavin Sutherland
`the cookbook of recipes prepared by Bullard certainly titillates the palette…an extremely enjoyable and recommendable disc’ – Ivan March, Gramophone

Two hands to the pipe for clarinet and string orchestra (1995)
10 mins.
Commissioned by Antonia Mott and St Botolph’s Music Society (conductor Colin Nicholson) with help from the Hervey Benham Trust
First performance St Botolph’s Church, Colchester, 1 July 1995, Antonia Mott, SBMS/Nicholson
A fantasia based on a Hebridean folk-song, also available for clarinet and piano
`An uncompromising but entertaining piece, combining sustained lyricism with exciting virtuosity’ – Alan Parsons, Essex County Standard
On hire from the composer