paulalanbarker.net has always been something of a treasure trove of productions and works, and now’s it’s received a complete make-over. In particular it highlights some of Barker’s most intriguing works from his extensive body of works, presented in a smart new contemporary design.
The website has been designed and built by Source Music Services, the same team behind Composers Edition and we think you’ll enjoy browsing, listening and watching all the wonderful records Paul collects whilst working on his varied opera, music theatre, concert works and more.
We’re pleased that it has also prompted the publication of eleven previously unpublished works here at Composers Edition.
an opera for children
Premiered Burdett-Coutts Primary School, London, John Savournin and Belinda Evans with musical director Derek Carden. The story involves Charles Darwin’s encounter and discoveries about animals on a distant island and some disagreements with his wife…
concerto for piano and strings
Inspired by the Natya Shastra is an ancient Indian treatise on theatre, dance and music. May be performed by solo pianist with either a string quintet or a small string orchestra. An ideal performance would include a dance performance, to reflect its theme.
an operatic sketch
Inspired by Chapter 58 of Dumas’s novel, The Count of Monte Christo, an early description of “locked-in syndrome”, he communicates only with his grand-daughter, Valentine, who has had the patience to learn how to interpret his eye-movements, which are the only part of his body he is now able to control.
an entertainment in homage to Henry Purcell
The story behind the story of Dido and Aeneas. From the Sorceress’ point of view. Text by composer, designed as a companion work to Purcell’s opera. Commissioned by the London Festival Orchestra, with funds from Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust.