In Feyre Foreste - 2016 -  7’
For sopranino recorder (solo), two alto recorders (both doubling soprano recorders), and two tenor recorders (both also doubling soprano recorders)

First performed on the 24th of January 2017 by Tabea Debus (solo), Olwen Foulkes, Kristina Greally, Oscar Gormley, and Katherine Jones at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Winner at the 2017 British Composer Awards in the Small Chamber category.

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The title of In Feyre Foreste is taken from the first line of the 15th century ballad “Robin Hode and the Munke” (Robin Hood and the Monk):

In somer, when the shawes be sheyne,
And leves be large and long,
Hit is full mery in feyre foreste
To here the foulys song

The piece takes inspiration from this text, as well as from the aria “Hush, ye pretty warbling quire” from Handel’s “Acis and Galatea”, and from an extremely out of tune calliope that I heard being played from atop America’s oldest operating steamboat, the “Belle of Louisville”.