For String Quartet
out to tolo outlines the flow of Shing Mun River in Shatin, Hong Kong, towards the Tolo Harbour. It portrays the diversity of landscapes and architecture that the river passes by, and the sudden widening towards the sea.
cranes among chickens follows the flow of the river and highlight the diversity of urban landscapes that it passes: the individual movements paint sections of the river, culminating in a finale that presents a bird’s eye view of these contrasting scenic elements. ‘Crane among chickens’ is a Cantonese idiom that normally describes qualities that stand out from the crowd, but is used here to refer to the high-rises that tower over the greenery that covers upstream Tai Wai—a reversal of the dense canopies in tropical rainforests.
‘Dim willows, bright blooms’ is a metaphor for a surprising change for the beer, especially in a bad situation.
cranes among chickens was written for the Trio Northumbria workshop, as part of the BFE/ RMA Research Students’ Conference 2023.
The movement retrospect was written for a workshop with the Carducci Quartet, as part of the Peter Reynolds Composers Studio 2022, at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.
out to tolo / retrospect (dim willows, bright flowers)
Composed August 2022, Manchester; Workshopped 27 September 2022, Cardiff University, by Carducci Quartet
source / cranes among chickens (version for string trio)
Composed December 2022, Manchester; Workshopped 11 January 2023, Northumbria University, by Trio Northumbria
worn away (row against the current)
Composed March 2023, Manchester; Workshopped 16 March 2023, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, by Quatuor Danel
source + retrospect
Performed (pre-recorded virtual concert) by Mivos Quartet, December 2023
Workshopped 1 February 2024, by Quatuor Danel