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Solo works

3 pieces for solo flute (1973 rev.1978) 8'

1st performance (revised version): Anna Noakes (flute) Royal Northern College of Music 13.2.78

2 Songs for unaccompanied voice (1976)

Music of Wood and Strings (1978)

Unaccompanied Violin 10' 1st performance: Ola Rudner (violin) Wigmore Hall, London 25.6.78


Duo: In Memory of Bill Hopkins (1981; extended 1984) 2 Guitars 10'

1st performance (1981 version): Royal Northern College of Music 8.4.81. Other performances include Purcell Room, London 9.10.83. 1st performance (1984 version): Norwich 11.2.84. 12 performances as part of 1984 Regional Contemporary Music Circuit tour by the Aguado Guitar Duo. Commissioned by the Aguado Guitar Duo with funds from North West Arts. As part of British Council sponsored tour in 1985, the Duo has also received performances in Australia, Hong-Kong, India and Syria.

A Field of Scarecrows (1998) Alto/tenor-bass trombone and Pianoforte (3 pedals). Duration: c. 25'

1st performance: Napier University, Edinburgh 17.11.98. John Kenny (trombones), George Nicholson (piano)
Performed 22 August 2002, broadcast in December 2002 on BBC Radio Three: "Hear and Now". John Kenny and George Nicholson. Dance Base, Edinburgh.

Commissioned by John Kenny with funds from the Scottish Arts Council. Published by Warwick Music.

CD: John Kenny and George Nicholson, British Music Label (with works by Kenny, Nicholson and Purser) - Avaliable now.

Instrumental Chamber works

Movement for Jane (1993) duration: c. 1'30"

version 1: flute, violin, 'cello, vibraphone, harp. 1st performance: Demarco Art Gallery, Edinburgh 10.2.94

version 2: clarinet, violin, 'cello, piano. 1st performance: The Maltings Arts Centre, Berwick-upon-Tweed 2.12.94

Cloudscapes (1996) Bb Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello, Pianoforte (3 pedals). Duration: 10-14'

1st performance of movements 1-II-III-4-coda: Chamber Group of Scotland, Aberdeen 27.10.96 at a 'Society for the Promotion of New Music' (spnm) promoted concert.

1st complete performance: Reid Hall, Edinburgh University 23.6.98. Lawrence Gill (clarinet), Katie Hull (violin), Su-a Lee ('cello), Peter Evans (pnfte.). This performance recorded and filmed by Lightyears Films for inclusion in a thirty minute documentary television programme about Paul Keenan broadcast on Border T.V. (ITV) 15.10.98

I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura (2000) String Quartet and Electronics. Duration: ca.28'

1st performance: Paxton House, Berwickshire 11.7.00. Edinburgh String Quartet, John Kenny (conductor), Paul Keenan (sound diffusion). Commissioned by Music-Makers for Summer Music at Paxton House with funds from Scottish Borders Council and The Scottish Arts Council. Click here for reviews.

Ensemble with voice(s)

The Ruin (part 1) (1976-9) Duration: 25'

Soprano, Counter-tenor - - - pnfte/cel./hpsch./organ (2 musicians) - 2 perc. - string quartet

1st performance: New Music Forum Ensemble (conductor David Fanning), Royal Northern College of Music 27.2.80

"...words almost fail me when it comes to (student?) Paul Keenan's "The Ruin" , apparently inspired by the opening section of an Anglo-Saxon poem... " Paul Dewhirst, The Daily Telegraph . Click here for full review.

Palimpsest (1992-5) complete duration: c. 40'

Soprano and ensemble

Part I: 10'45" Soprano - oboe, tenor trombone, pianoforte, string quartet

Part II: 7'15" Soprano - oboe/cor anglais, trombone, pnfte., perc.(1), string quartet

Part III: 20'30" Soprano - oboe/c.a., clarinet, trombone, pnfte., perc.(1), string quartet, tape electronics

1st Performance: 28th January 2005, Morningside Baptist Church, Edinburgh.
Broadcast 7th May BBC Radio Three "Hear and Now". John Kenny, Conducter. Julie Moffat, Soprano. ECAT Ensemble. (Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust). Click here for reviews.

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Squaring xlvii (1996-7) Duration: 30'

Soprano, alto/tenor-bass trombone, percussion (1 or 3), live and tape electronics

Poem by Seamus Heaney from 'Seeing Things' collection 1991

1st performance: Clan Donald Centre, Isle of Skye followed by 10 performances in the Highlands and Islands - October 1997.

Commissioned by The Gathering (Frances M.Lynch, John Kenny, Bassam Abdul-Salem, John Whiting) with funds from the Scottish Arts Council. Recorded for C.D. (click here for reviews)

The commissioned composition was performed with one percussionist and multi-tracked percussion on DAT. It is possibe to perform 'Squaring' with 3 'live' percussionists.

Orchestra / large ensemble

Concerto for Groups of Instruments (1974-6) Duration: 25'

1 (picc.). alto fl.. 1. 1. 1 - 1. 2. 2. 1 - pnfte.. organ - 7. 3. 3.1

1st performance: Royal Northern College of Music (conductor Timothy Reynish) 14.10.77
Recorded Sunday 28th March 2004, Broadcasting House, Glasgow. Broadcast 17th April "Hear and Now". BBC SSO Conducted by Garry Walker

Awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize 1977

Comet Hale-Bopp (1997-8) Duration: 23'

3 (3rd doubling picc.), 2 alto fl., bass fl.; 1. c.a.. 1. 0 - 2. 0. 1. 0 - pnfte., 2 hp., 5 perc. - str 7. 6. 6. 4 - tape electronics

Composed with the award of a bursary from the Scottish Arts Council and shortlisted by the Society for the Promotion of New Music (1999)

click here for more information about the instrumentation of Comet Hale-Bopp and a programme note

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