ON THIS PRECIOUS EARTH for 10 instruments (2016) 11'
1st perf: Sinfonia Adesso, Cayenna Ponchione, conductor, Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 7 March 2016
EMERGING (LIGHTLY) (2008) 6' LISTEN
solo viola and chamber ensemble (flute, clarinet in B flat, two violins, cello, harp)
Commissioned by Mobius for its ‘Birthday Candles’ project in celebration of its 10th anniversary
1st perf: Vicci Wardman (vla), Mobius, Wigmore Hall, London, 22 March 2008; toured throughout Wales in 2018 by Ensemble Cymru.
Pub. S&B. Score and parts available for puchase, ref Y244
But only Rhian Samuel’s Emerging (lightly) struck me as having enough musical argument to grip the brain as well as tickle the ear. Here the viola was the still centre of a quicksilver polyphonic whirl, before intoning a haunting folk-like tune over an oasis of calm G major. The impression was of a serene character quelling fractious colleagues. Intriguing and stimulating, rather than merely pleasant and inoffensive.
Richard Morrison, The Times, 26 March 2008
Rhian Samuel’s clever Emerging (lightly) let viola-player Vicca Wardman free in an engaging dialogue with the ensemble as the calm of G major evolves from a frenetic opening theme.
Antony Craig, Gramophone, June 2008
Beautifully written, as one has come to expect from this composer, it might be manageable by an advanced school group or could be ideal for performance at a contemporary music festival at a college or university.
Leonie Anderson, ESTA News & Views, Autumn 2008
TRIO: STEPPING OUT II (2000) 8'
clarinet, viola and piano
Commissioned by The York Trio
1st perf: Chroma, Cardigan Music Club, Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales, 6 September 2001.
Pub. S&B. Score and parts available for purchase, ref Y179