Works

2016

Blood Choir (mixed voices & soundtrack) commissioned by the Community Foundation www.bloodchoir.com

Blood Violin (violin)

2015

String Quartet No. 3

Walker Delight (piano)

Grexit: Hellenic Objects in Crisis (soundtrack), The Whitworth, Manchester, October 2015

2014

Steamsong (opera) commissioned by The National Railway Museum and BRASS: Durham International Festival, Gala Theatre, Durham, July 12 2014 www.steamsong.uk

2013

Thimio’s House (novel), Perfect Edge Books

Book of Bells (installation) commissioned by BRASS: Durham International Festival, Monk’s Dormitory Library, Durham Cathedral, July 2013

2012

Eight Bells (solo violin & soundtrack) commissioned by Dove Marine Laboratory, Rednile Projects and North Tyneside Council, St. George’s Church, Cullercoats, June 2012

Glucose: Preludes and Fugues (piano)

2005

Hidden River (sound installation) commissioned by ISIS Arts for the Hidden Rivers Exhibition, Newcastle Guildhall, July-Sept 2005

2004

Tyriptych (Antwerp) (installation), De Singel Arts Centre, Antwerp, May 2004, Stephenson Trust, Newcastle Sept 2004.

2003

Creation (wordless opera)
Commissioned by Cumbria Arts, Produced by KOPCo

Paula Turner (performer/choreographer), Wendy Smith (voice/performer), Simon Tarrant (voice/accordion/performer), David Murray (piano/keyb’d), Jennifer Murray (clarinet), Vera Jovanovic (double bass), Duncan Brown (double bass), JKK (dir/performer/electronics), mixed chorus (25)
Premiere 15 July 2003, Earth Balance.
60′

Testament (installation)
Commissioned by Cumbria Arts, Produced by KOPCo
Feb 2003, St Michael’s Church, Cumbria
55 min loop

2002

AirSpace (installation)
Commissioned by Waygood Gallery
October 2002, Waygood Gallery, Newcastle
15 hrs +

Passion (an opera in a sports centre)
Commissioned by Cumbria Arts & Copeland Borough Council
text compilation by the composer
Liz Potter (soprano), Paula Turner (performer/choreographer), Talisman Ensemble, mixed chorus (70), JKK (dir/electronics)
Premiere 30 May 2002, Whitehaven Sports Centre, Cumbria
45′

2001

Logos (reader, soprano, piano, violin, harp, ice cream van, recorded & live sound)
commissioned by Woodhorn Gallery for Turning the Pages - the virtual exhibition of the Lindisfarne Gospels
Talisman Ensemble & Emily Hoyle (harp), Tracey Cadman (soprano), JKK (dir/sound)
13 September 2001
25′

The Egg (performance installation)
commissioned by The Forge
Claire Webster/Mary Jackson (performers), JKK (composer/dir/trumpet/sound), Imogen Cloet (designer) October 2001
40′

Foley’s Lament
(3 female voices, 3 male/1 female ‘foley’ artists, accordion, electric guitar, horn, violin, oboe, acoustic guitar, flute, sampler, piano, assorted foley stage equipment, recorded sound)
commissioned by CoMA
Customs House, South Shields, Tyne & Wear. 18 April 2001
15′

2000

Ikon of the Nativity (opera)
Commissioned by Rosehill Theatre & Cumbria Arts, Produced by KOPCo
libretto by the composer (trans. Sheila Jackson)
Performers: Tracy Cadman (soprano), mixed chorus, Paula Turner (movement dir), JKK (live electronics)
Premiere 9 December 2000, Rosehill Theatre, Cumbria
25′

Devotions Book 3 (piano)
Geoff Hannan (piano)
(Year of the Artist commission)
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, 8 & 9 December 2000.
30′

Phoney Opera (voicemail opera)
Commissioned by Select 107 FM.
Nov 2000 – Apr 2001
6′

Radio Art
Broadcast series of 24 radiogenic pieces for Select 107FM
June-July 2000 (Year of the Artist commission)

String Quartet No.3
15′

Epitaphios (ensemble & recorded sound)
commissioned by The National Glass Centre
Liz Potter (soprano), Thomas Bloch (glass harmonica), Anna Kerr (violin)
JKK (synthesizer)
3 & 4 July 2000
10′

In Yer Head (video installation soundtrack)
commissioned by Spacetime Projects
Andrew Hardie (video)
Sean Burn (writer)
Jerwood Gallery, Natural History Museum, London
February 2000 <8′>

Solaris (video soundtrack)
producer: Indigo Multimedia
director: John Adams
April 2000
6′

Tempus Fugit (performance installation soundtrack)
producer: Changeling Productions
David Napthine (writer)
Sarah Pauley (designer)
Ali McCaw (animator)
July 2000 12′

Atonement (recorded sound)
May 2000
21′

1999

Eikonostasi 7Up (soprano, violin, piano & recorded voice)
for Agias Marinas, Kissou
text in Greek by the composer
Liz Potter (soprano)
Geoff Hannan (piano), Emma Welton (violin)
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, 25 June 1999.
14′

Hb (multi-site performance event)
Talisman Ensemble, Claire Webster, Fiona MacPherson, Walter James (performers) Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, 6 July 1999

Makeover Melodrama (karaoke opera)
text: John Kefala-Kerr & Claire Webster
performer: Claire Webster
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, 25 June 1999
8′

Us (Kitchen Sink Karaoke) (karaoke opera)
libretto by the composer
The Karaoke Opera Company
performers: Fiona MacPherson & Walter James
choreography: Trish Winter
lighting: Paul Brown
Haydon Lodge, Northumberland, 6 July 1999
Wesfalenhallen, Dortmund, 25 June 2000
Playhouse, Newcastle, 16 October 2000
25′

Kosovo Pascha (steel pans)
The Sunshine Panners, Haydon Bridge High Shool, 4 April 1999.
5′

Spitting Love (theatre score)
commissioned by Future Tense/New Writing North
Customs House Theatre, Mill Dam, South Shields, 24 March 1999
Future Tense Festival, Newcastle Playhouse, 7 April 1999
35′

Suffer (double strg orch, brass, piano, turntables & recorded sound)
45′

3 Toccatas (organ)
7′

Prosefhi (percussion ensemble)
3′

An Electroascetic’s Prayerbook (vol. 1) (album)
47′

1998

Fire (animation soundtrack)
producer: Peter Leake
Roya Kafi-Rezaee (animator)
1998
6′

SeeSaw (theatre score)
commissioned by Northern Stage/Quarantine
director: Richard Gregory
Gulbenkian Theatre, Newcastle, 6 June 1998
20′

Tell Me (theatre score)
commissioned by Northern Stage
director: Richard Gregory
writer: Matthew Dunster
video: Kath Travers
choreography: Jane Mason
designer: Simon Banham
Donmar Warehouse, London, 9-14 March 1998

Miracle (soundtrack)
commissioned by Northern Stage for the multimedia installation Triptych
dir: Richard Gregory
designer: Imogen Cloet
video: Ravi Deprees
Centre for Performance Research,Aberystwyth
Tramway, Glasgow
Playhouse, Newcastle
April 1998
4′

Devotions Book 2 (piano)
15′

1997

Devotions Book 1 (piano)
piano: Geoff Hannan
Old Town Mission, North Shields, 6 December 1997
20′

Efharistia (elementary grade string orch)
5′

String Quartet No.2
15′

1996

Cradle (dance score)
David Massingham Dance
Bloomsbury Theatre, London, 17 & 18 May 1996
12′

Piano Sonata No. 3
12′

Novelty War Zone Chill-Out Sonata (album)
13′

Fallibilities (recorded sound)
28′

1995

Junk Male (A Novelty Space Age Mini-Opera) (karaoke opera)
The Karaoke Opera Company
libretto by the composer
baritone: Andrew Gallacher
designer: Fiona McPeake
lighting: Mark Baker
Gulbenkian Studio Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, 15-16 September 1995
20′

The Nest of Spices (theatre score)
commissioned by Northern Stage
director: Richard Gregory
choreographer: Kathy Crick
designer:Simon Banham
writer: Jeff Young
Electricity Generating Station, Wallsend, 23-28 October 1995

Piano Sonata No. 2
12′

Ernest D’Amour (musical metafiction)
32′

  • Music for Public Kissing (piano & 2 performers), 6′
  • Waltzes from the Expressional Movement Choir (piano), 5′
  • Is There Anybody Out There? (voice & piano), 2′
  • Pass the Mobile Phone, Dear (voice & piano), 3′
  • Lullaby (piano), 3′
  • Sonata for Chocolates and Daffodils (piano), 6′
  • The Upright Piano of my Mother’s Daughter’s Brother (voice & piano), 3′
  • Don’t Throw Your Mother off the Sofa, Dear (piano), 4′

1994

The Line of Least Resistance (dance sound score)
commissioned by David Massingham Dance
Gulbenkian Studio Theatre, Newcastle, 28 & 29 October 1994
20′

Encyclopedie des Farces et Attrapes et des Mystifications
(music theatre sketches and metafictions)
98′

  • makesomethinginsideoutside
  • The Transfiguration of the Teddy Bears (piano), 2′
  • Death to Football (small ensemble), 1′
  • £100,000 Worth of Jewellery (amplified jewellery), 2′
  • Hommage de Biro (amplified ball point pens), 3′
  • The Reproduction Karaokophone (custom synthesizer solo), 5′
  • Bash a Piano (Like You Used To) (piano), 2′
  • Stylus Study 1 (March) (turntable & military band record), 2′
  • Stylus Study 2 (Party) (turntable & tijuana record), 2′
  • A Little Piece of Love (piano), 3′
  • A Little Piece of Peace (piano), 2′
  • A Little Piece of Cake? (piano), 1′
  • Shouting Male Voice Choir (male voices), 2′
  • Ianucci Tutting Bomb (male voices), 1′
  • The Stockholm Stylus Orchestra (3 turntables & drum kit), 4′
  • Marinetti’s 1st Lullaby (digital sound), 4′
  • Marinetti’s 2nd Lullaby (digital sound), 4′
  • CIA Sound Sculpture No.1 (digital sound), 5′
  • Birds Down My Trousers (performer & backing tape), 1′
  • Debut Rollerblading (rollerblading troupe & backing tape), 5′
  • The Electric Nose Award (4 trumpets), 2′
  • Barbie for Men (piano, bass gtr, baritone sax, fem voice), 4′
  • Danger Island (Dont’ Go There!) (voice & backing tape), 3′
  • Giggling Girls Choir (female voices), 3′
  • The Amplified Environment (solo performer & amplified domestic objects & appliances), 4′
  • Music Shop (6 performers & music shop), 12′
  • How to Walk (Exercises 1,2 &3) (2 performers, Yamaha PSS-50, piano), 6′
  • Strike a Light (performer, matches, sampler), 6′
  • Crying Kids Chorus (under 7′s voices), 2′
  • Versus (solo violin), 5′
  • Martian Karaoke (digital sound), 4′

1993

Piano Sonata No. 1 (Patsy) (piano)
version with choreography & video by Trish Winter
piano: David Murray
Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London, 23 May 1993
15′

Cry Me a River (small ens. record deck & sound fx)
commissioned by Northern Sinfonia
6′

ICFTU (video soundtrack)
commissioned by Merlin Films
director: John Eden
International Congress of the Federation of Trades Unions, Brussels, July 1993
7′

Drive (dance score)
commissioned by Tandem Dance
choreographer: Trish Winter
University of Sunderland, 30 September 1993
DLI Museum & Arts Gallery, Durham, 1 October 1993
Dance City, Newcastle, 22 October 1993
45′

1992

Joshua’s Trumpet (brass quintet)
for English Brass Ensemble
St Nicholas’ Church, Northumberland, October 1992
5′

Motorola (saxophone quartet)
commissioned by the Northern Saxophone Quartet
Teatro Rossini, Pesaro, September 1992
12′

Mortal (free-bass accordion, soundtrack, digital delay)
commissioned by Sonic Arts Network
classical accordion: James Crabb
Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London, 9 May 1992
Atelier St Anne, Brussels, 5 October 1992
15′

1990

Panagia (orchestra, mixed chorus, violin, cello, sampler)
commissioned by Newcastle Dance 90
choreographer: Trish Winter
All Saints Church, Newcastle, 9 & 10 November 1990
20′

Agio Pnevmati (Yamaha WX7/DX7, SPX90)
commissioned by Peter Nichols
International Saxophone Congress, Wakefield College
October 1990
6′

Palomar’s Dream (amplified tenor sax & recorded sound)
commissioned by Peter Nichols
Darlington Arts Centre, April 1990
8′

1989

Juke Box for the End of Time (soundtrack)
commissioned by the Electric Music Festival UK, November 1989
12′

1988

The Massacre of Innocents (soundtrack)
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York
Chapel of St. Boniface, March-April 1988
9′.15 loop

1987

String Quartet No. 1 (Meltemi)
Hanson Quartet
Royal Over-Seas League, London, October 1987
15′

Buffoon (brass quintet)
English Brass Ensemble
St John’s Smith Square, London, March 1987
10′

1986

NohoSoho (small ensemble & sfx)
commissioned by the New Chamber Players
Literary & Philosophical Society, Newcastle, October 1986
8′

Mystery & Revelation (amplified ensemble & soundtrack)
New Chamber Players
Darlington Arts Centre, May 1986
10′

Teras (piano & siundtrack)
New Chamber Players
BMIC, London, September 1986
12′

Abstract 1 (piano)
John Flinders (piano)
Millfield House, London, December 1986
5′

The Mocking of Christ (symphony orchestra & soprano)
12′

1985

Pnoe (large ensemble & sound fx)
Guildhall School of Music Ensemble
Guildhall School of Music, London, June 1985
10′

Epsilon (wind quintet)
commissioned by the Epsilon Wind Quintet
Wigmore Hall, London, November 1985
12′

Abstract 2 (solo guitar)
Misak Katushian (guitar)
Guildhall School of Music, London, May 1985
7′

1983

Abstract 3 (solo cello)
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
cello: Alexander Baillie
St Paul’s Church, Huddersfield, UK, November 1983
8′

1980

Music For Brass Quintet
6′

1979

Fragile Movements (flute, violin,viola,cello)
6′

Residencies

2014 Composer in Residence, National Railway Museum

2013 Artist in Residence, Monks’ Dormitory Library, Durham Cathedral

2012 Artist in Residence, Dove Marine Laboratory

2005 Creative Leader (Creative Partnerships Reclaiming Professional Autonomyproject, Cumbria)

2004 Co-Artist in Residence, ‘The Way We Live’, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

2002-04 Composer in Residence, Cumbria Arts in Education

2000 Artist in Residence, Rosehill Theatre

2000 Sound Artist in Residence, SELECT 107 FM (Year of the Artist Residency)

1999 Artist in Residence, Queen’s hall Arts Centre, Northumberland

1991 Composer in Education, Northern Sinfonia (Golem Project)

1990-91 Performing Right Society Composer in education

1988-89 Performing Right Society Composer in Education

1986-88 Composer in Residence, Aycliffe Hospital (NHS Mental Health Trust)

Awards and Scholarships

Double finalist Journal Culture Awards (2014)

Winner Journal Culture Awards (2012)

Gold Medal Winner Volos International Composition Competition (2009)

Arts Council Research & Development Award (2005) £5,000

Arts Council Encore Award (2003/4) £10,000

Arts Council R&D Grant (2001) £8,000

Royal Television Society Award (1996)

Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust Music Scholarship (1995)

Arts Council Travel & Training Award (1995) £5,500

Arts Council Electroacoustic Music Bursary (1990) £2,800

Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust Contemporary Music Prize (1988)

Arts Council Electroacoustic Bursary (1987) £1,800

Northern Arts Travel & Training Award (1988) £800

Centre Acanthes Scholarship, Mozarteum, Saltzburg (1985)

Guildhall School of Music & Drama Composition Prize (1985)

Dio Fund Award (1984/5)

Winner Yorkshire Arts Young Composer Competition (1983)

Recordings

Miracle (1998) in “Sonic Postcards” SAN001, 2001 Compact Disc

Mortal (1992) in “Mixed” NMC036, 1997 Compact Disc

Juke Box for the End of Time (1989) in “Unknown Public 04”, 1996 CD & Cassette