Brink

Commissioned for the BBC Concert Orchestra, brink was written in early 2020 and is due for première broadcast during the week of 31st May 2021. I was fascinated by the liminal connotations of the title, and also by its enigmatic ambiguity. To me, this is an apt description of where we are collectively in the socio-political and ecological landscape: We may be on the brink of disaster, and yet simultaneously we may be on the brink of transformation. These ideas infused the piece, from the fragile string colours and exposed solo passages, to the chorale-like sections where the winds come together, as if in collective defiance.

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