(Fl-Picc./Alto Fl./Ob./Cl./Bssn./2 Trpt/Hn./2 Trmb./Tba./7 Vln./3 Vla./3 Vlc./D.Bass/Pnfte./Organ) 1st performance: RNCM, Manchester, 14.10.77. Conducted by Timothy Reynish . Awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize 1977
1st performance RNCM, Anna Noakes, 13.2.78
1st performance: Wigmore Hall, London, by Ola Rudner 25.6.78 . Awarded Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal (1978)
(Soprano/Counter-tenor - Fl/Ob/Cl - Trpt/Hn/Trmb - Str.Qt - Pno/celeste/hpsch/organ (2 players) 2(or3) perc. ) 1st performance: New Music Forum Ensemble, Manchester conducted by David Fanning. 27.2.80
1st performance of part one of piece at RNCM by the Aguado Guitar Duo 8.4.81. Other performances: Taunton Brewhouse Arts Theatre 16.4.81; Bradford Library Theatre 26.11.81; Purcell Room, London 9.10.83.
1st performance of extended piece: Norwich 11.2.84 with 12 other performances as part of the Arts Council Regional Contemporary Music Circuit 1984 (venues included: Birmingham-Midlands Arts Centre 19.2.84).
As part of a British Council sponsored tour in 1985, the Duo has also received performances in Australia, Hong-Kong, India and Damascus, Syria.
1st performance: (former) Birmingham Polytechnic 12.3.88
Soprano, oboe/cor anglais, clarinet, trombone, piano, string quartet, percussion, computer realised tape/MIDI keyboard
Version (i):Fl/vln/vlc./vibraphone/harp 1st performance De Marco Art Gallery, Edinburgh 10.2.94. Version(ii): Cl./vln./vlc./piano 1st performance: The Maltings Arts Centre, Berwick-upon-Tweed 2.12.94
(clarinet, violin, 'cello, piano) 1st performance in the order: 1-II-III-4-coda (with short overlaps of sections) given by the Chamber Group of Scotland, Aberdeen 27.10.96 sponsored by the S.P.N.M..
1st complete performance: 1998 Reid Hall, Edinburgh given by Lawrence Gill (clarinet), Katie Hull (violin), Su-a Lee ('cello), Peter Evans (piano). This private performance was filmed by Lightyears Films* for inclusion in a documentary TV programme about Paul's work for Border Television broadcast in October 1998 (film director: Peter Chapman).
A setting of a poem by Seamus Heaney, made with the poet's consent. (soprano, alto/tenor-bass trombone, percussion, live electronics and pre-recorded electronics on DAT)
Commissioned byThe Gathering (ensemble) with funds from the Scottish Arts Council. 1st performance: Isle of Skye October 1997 and toured in the Highlands (10 performances). 'Squaring xlvii' is to appear on a new CD to be released 1998/9.
'Squaring' can be performed in an alternative version: soprano, alto/tenor trombone, 3 percussion, live and tape electronics.
43- piece orchestra in 3 groups and tape electronics. Composed with the award of a bursary from the Scottish Arts Council and shortlisted by the SPNM.
Commissioned by John Kenny with funds from the Scottish Arts Council. 1st performance: 17th November 1998 , Napier University, Edinburgh given by John Kenny (trombones) and George Nicholson (pianoforte). Published by Warwick Music.
CD: John Kenny and George Nicholson, British Music Label (with works by Kenny, Nicholson and Purser) - forthcoming Spring 2003
String Quartet and Electronics (on DAT or CD). First performed 11 July 2000, Paxton House, Berwickshire. 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.