Nursery Crimes is a reflection on nursery rhymes, remembered and reimagined.
For woodwind band of 3 flutes, 3 clarinets, and 2 bass clarinets.
1. Ives Thrives in the Playground starts with the moment of first playing music at school, through to the sound of groups playing favourite tunes, initially in canon, and then completely different tunes in different parts of the playground. A nod towards Charles Ives. To listen, click here
2. Little Miss D minor takes the childhood tunes from the major scale through a cascade of minor thirds into a nightmarish world where familiar tunes are recognisable, but much darker, and take on the sound of Hammer Horror. To listen, click here
3. Bobby and Polly at Sea rounds the piece off with joyful riffing on two old favourites. To listen, click here