St Asaph Toccata
St Asaph Toccata was commissioned by Symphony Hall, Birmingham, as part of the Bach to the Future Series. The composer writes: ‘The original title for the piece was Toccata Machine as I had an image of the gigantic Symphony Hall organ as some kind of mad machine uncontrollably spewing out manic toccata figuration. Except for a short oasis of calm two-thirds of the way through, the piece is very loud and has millions of notes in it. The eventual title refers to the
street in South London where I live, rather than the Welsh Saint Asaph’.