By far the longest piece in this collection and for the largest ensemble, Nebularum et Iridium, which translates to “clouds and rainbows”, was written in the summer of 2004 and inspired by the view over Colne valley in the aftermath of a heavy thunderstorm.

As I gazed out over the valley, enjoying the cleanliness of the evening air, a beautiful rainbow formed above me as the clouds broke apart and scattered like harried sheep.

With this composition I have tried to capture that moment. Imagine if you will the tuned percussion and harp providing a backdrop of rain, the strings providing the startling scenery whilst the french horn depicts the grandious rainbow dominating the sky.

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