Life often has a strange way of working itself out, which can feel incredibly cruel at times. However, I believe everything happens for a reason, and it is as a result of these ‘cruel twists of fate’ which ultimately help shape and guide us into the future.
“A Cruel Twist of Fate” is my letter to this sentiment, starting incredibly exposed and fragile, blossoming into three melodic gestures with their own sections that are all intrinsically simple but repeated, explored, never wanting to end..
‘A Cruel Twist of Fate’ was commissioned by the Ignite Symphony Orchestra and performed in their January 2023 concert at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama alongside Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concert performed by sensational Violinist Lucy Gould.
I was very happy that the concert was sold out with over 200 people in the audience, and I feel incredibly lucky that so many of my friends came to support my piece which was so personal to me. Thank you to all the musicians who brought ‘A Cruel Twist of Fate’ to life.
Audio mixed and recorded by Jonathan Daglish.
Conducted by Rhys Herbert.
Performed and recorded Saturday 7th January 2023.
IGNITE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA JANUARY 2023
Jack Mainwaring (Piccolo)