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Part of the On Track collection

13 specially commissioned pieces which aim to breathe new life into the GCSE/Key Stage 4 Music Ensemble Performance syllabus.
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Part of On Track, UYMP's Education Volume for Key Stage 4.

I have been interested in writing a piece, or a melody, to be performed by multiple players in unison. Of course, a solo song can be interesting by itself. But, it seems to me that when the same melody is sung by many singers in unison the musical nature of the melody itself changes, and it becomes something very different. Birthday Toast is an instrumental song to celebrate a vivid, high-spirited life, or a musical birthday present. Fragments of the popular birthday tune are inwrought in the quasi-modal (almost atonal) background; it’s a musically inlaid work, so to speak.


1 minutes 30 seconds
1 Unspecified Ensemble
Composition date


20 October 2022 Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead, London NW3 1LT

25th London New Wind Festival - Birthday Composers and Friends

20 October 2017

St Cyprians' Church

Glentworth Street

London NW1 6AX

Gavin Morrison (Flutes), Catherine Pluygers (Oboes), Phil Edwards (Clarinets), Henryk Sienkiewicz (Horn), Ben Exell (Bassoon), Alan Tomlinson (Trombones), Robert Coleridge (Piano)

14 March 2013

Frontiers+ Festival, Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire

Schubert Ensemble

24 October 2012

London New Wind Festival, Regent Hall, Salvation Army, 275 Oxford Street, London

Catherine Pluygers (oboes), Phil Edwards (clarinets), Henryk Sienkiewicz (horn), Alan Tomlinson (trombone), Robert Coleridge (piano)

16 October 2009

London New Wind Festival, Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London

 London New Wind Festival Players including Catherine Pluygers (oboe), Philip Edwards (clarinet), Robert Coleridge (piano)