I would like to thank the Ensemble Modern and Toby Thatcher for all of their work in performing this piece.

First performance
Commissioned by The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for Plug 2016
Thursday 5th May, 2016
Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
Ensemble Modern, Toby Thatcher

Programme Note:

Numb is inspired by my anxiousness and absolute hatred for all things dentistry.

It’s something that runs through my family; watching them petrified in the chair only makes me more scared. It’s a vicious circle.

I will always remember a story, that has been retold graphically countless times, of my grandmother biting her dentist during a check-up. I don’t think I’m that bad but I look forward to sharing Numb with Dr. Bowen on my next visit to his torture chamber.

for Mixed Ensemble (Oboe, Clarinet in E flat, Bassoon – Horn in F, Trumpet in B flat – Percussion, (Suspended Cymbal, Tam-tam, Bass Drum, Tubular Bells, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel), Piano.)