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979-0-57020-872-2 Dark Singing, Dancing Light (Bassoon and strings) – Score Available at MusicRoom Buy now (£14.95)


Also available in a version for bassoon and piano (reduction).

These are two elegies for dear friends who left this life just before and during their composition.  Threnody is a long chanting bassoon line in antiphony with string chorales, commemorating the fruitful and varied life of Mary Criswick, well known early-music singer, guitarist, writer and superb copyist of contemporary music, who died in Paris;  Brief Candle dances, fitfully, especially in the string parts, and expresses my abiding affection for Jocelyn Shardlow, my first-ever girlfriend, celebrating a particularly emotional day at the Dome of Discovery in 1951.  Jocelyn died in Sussex soon after returning from many years in the Caribbean.

The work was first performed by Linda Begbie, bassoon and the RNCM New Ensemble directed by Mark Heron at Manchester University on 24th November 2009.


10 minutes

Linda Begbie, RNCM New Ensemble cond. Mark Heron, Manchester University, 24th November 2009

1 Bassoon, 2 Violin, 1 Viola, 1 Violoncello, 1 Double bass
Composition date


20 June 2018

Gilbert and Gorb Festival, at the RNCM.


RNCM Concert Hall, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

RNCM New Ensemble

6 February 2014

Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art

Richard Ion (bassoon), RNCM Chamber Ensemble cond. Daniel Parkinson

24 November 2009

New Music North West Festival, RNCM

RNCM New Ensemble, Linda Begbie (bassoon)