FIRST BORN - for solo violin and string orchestra
Commissioned by New Bristol Sinfonia
Victoria Rooms, Bristol, 16 September 2000
Violin: Krzysztof Smietana
Conductor: Jonathan James
New Bristol Sinfonia
Duration: 22 minutes
A programmatic work which came into being through a desire to harness my response to some of the stronger experiences through the period prior to, during, and after the birth of my first son. Much of the language chromatic, with the work also drawing in a retrospective way on a continuation of the lyricism of English string music.