For solo alto flute

Commissioned by Gavin Osbourne


Gavin Osbourne has been a long respected name in the Manchester new music scene. An exemplary exponent of the farthest reaches of new music and an accomplished composer in his own right. It's therefore been a real joy to have been invited to work with Gavin on a new solo piece to celebrate his new alto instrument.

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