Free resources for anyone interested in my music

Why free?

My main aim is to sell sheet music - and if giving away audio and video material free of charge encourages folk to buy my sheet music, then that's okay by me! Besides, it's so easy these days to grab such material from the internet that frankly there's little if any point in trying to charge for it. It's all in a fairly random order, so please feel free to browse around and download whatever appeals to you.

Idylls

For the aspiring soprano or tenor soloist who'd like to sing Idylls or any of its songs individually I've compiled a set of karaoke backing tracks. They're all in uncompressed 32-bit wav format.

These individual song tracks will be useful for practice purposes, where you don't want to be bothered searching through the whole work for the song you want.

This track has all five songs, in the correct sequence and with appropriate breaks between each of them. In theory at least you could use this as the basis for a complete performance if you don't have a pianist available.

O Love

A pianist is all a choir needs for the basic choral arrangements of O Love. The orchestra for the Festival Edition and the chamber orchestras for the three solo vocal arrangements are available here in uncompressed 32-bit wav format.

A Himalaya Concerto

Although I composed A Himalaya Concerto with the intention that it would be performed by a full orchestra, the clarinettist for whom I wrote it is keen to use computer technology to introduce the music to new audiences. So the files provided here include audio tracks of a quality suitable for performance as well as for practice purposes.

CONDUCTED BACKING TRACKS Even for a professional clarinettist the concerto is difficult to play without a conductor, the opening of the first movement being particularly tricky in terms of timing. So rather than provide backing tracks in the form of audio files, I've compiled a set of videos in which I conduct the music for you to follow while the audio track of each video provides you with a karaoke backing track. You can download these here in the form of a multi-volume rar archive. The videos themselves are 1080p 30fps mp4 format and I have included a little Read Me file to help you use the files.

WHY NOT JUST USE A CLICK TRACK LIKE EVERYONE ELSE? I can't feel music if there's a constant click - click - click going on. It may work for some people but it doesn't work for me and personally I think that a professional clarinettist would have issues playing this concerto to a click track.

BACKING TRACKS WITH VIDEO BACKDROPS For the clarinettist who feels sufficiently confident of the timing to be able to play the work without a conductor, I have compiled a set of videos that provide a wonderfully atmospheric dynamic visual backdrop for any performance. These files are exactly the same length as the ones above. Once again you can download them here in the form of a multi-volume rar archive and the videos are again in 1080p 30fps mp4 format. Please note that some of the video sequences and images used are licensed only for non-commercial re-use, so you cannot monetise this second set of videos in any way.

If you want to give your audience the complete audio-visual experience but don't feel sufficiently confident to manage without a conductor, you might like to try experimenting with the following set-up. You will need:

  • VideoLAN VLC media player (specifically, for reasons that will become clear)
  • A computer with a high-definition sound card, and which is capable of driving a primary monitor (for displaying the conducted backing video) and a secondary monitor (for the backdrop video)

The reason for using VLC is that it has the facility to play two videos simultaneously in synchronisation with each other. For the secondary monitor you will probably want to use a projector connected via an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cable to the computer, so that your audience can see the backdrops.

  • Open VLC.
  • Select 'Media' -> 'Open Multiple Files'.
  • In the 'File Selection' dialogue select 'Add'.
  • Browse to the file containing the backdrop video for the movement that you wish to play and select 'Open'.
  • Check the 'Show more options' box.
  • Check the 'Play another media file synchronously' box.
  • In the 'Extra media' dialogue select 'Browse'.
  • Browse to the file containing the conducted backing track for the movement that you wish to play, select 'Open' and then 'Select'.
  • Hit play and the two media files will play simultaneously with a single control window.

You may need to swap the files around and/or fiddle around with window settings to get things working to your satisfaction, but it's worth the effort!