One way to remember a premiere

Antagony (1993)

Based on the conflicts and unities within a young couple’s relationship, Antagony was the winning work of 1993 / 1994 BBC / Lloyds Bank Young Musician of the Year Composers Award, and was composed when I was 16 at school at Christ’s Hospital.

It calls for a very unusual and barely practical instrumentation, but this was still somehow managed by the BBC and the London Sinfonietta, on a day that I will always remember.


London Sinfonietta / Martyn Brabbins, Guildhall, London, Autumn 1993.


15 minutes


2 wind bands, percussion (2 players), 4 log drums, and amplified strings.


The score is not available for download (it dates from the days before Sibelius and Finale!), but it (and a full set of parts copied and printed by the BBC) is nonetheless available if anyone would like to attempt this piece.


Performed by the London Sinfonietta / Martyn Brabbins