Together Apart [Solo String Instrument]
Solo Stringed Instrument [Vln / Vla / Vcl / Db]
Even on what was once the busiest main road, the clarity of birdsong can be heard on the Spring breeze.
We were busy, noisy.
Now we are still.
Now we listen.
We listen to our environment as if it were new.
We discover new sounds, we recognise the creatures that habitually visit our spaces, ones we did not recognise before. We hear their calls, we learn their behaviours.
We realise that we are not alone in this world. We are not isolated. Whilst we may at a moment be distant, we are still journeying towards together.
'Together Apart' was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, as a postcard of hope in these unusual times. It was premiered by Lesley Hatfield, leader of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast on 21st May 2020.
'Together Apart' is a partner piece to 'Apart we are not alone'; both pieces can be perfomed one after the other as a solo, or they can be played simultaneously as a duo.