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Mike Pickering

Peter J. Morgan

Mike studied for a BMus in Composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under Tim Raymond, Lynne Plowman and Rob Spearing. Since going freelance Mike has enjoyed not only composing classical concert music but also writing for film, education and new media. Mike's compositions have been performed by many ensembles and in 2006 reached the international stage with works being performed by students at the Newcastle Conservatorium, NSW, Australia.


Child's Play ALTOP020

Mike Pickering wrote Child's Play for a composition workshop with the acclaimed Backbeat percussion quartet in 2004. Originally written for two players it has since been expanded to be performed by four players on two marimbas. The piece is centered around an Indonesian gamelan-inspired motif which is developed throughout in a minimalist style.

Four players sharing two marimbas (4.3 octave)

Duration: 3 minutes

Score Sample

Price: £14.95

Hydrophobia ALTOP012

Hydrophobia is a unique water-based work for four percussionists. Scored for every day kitchen products this fun piece can add variety to any percussion ensemble programme.

Player 1 - 5 plastic bowls, 5 tuned glasses, tuning fork
Player 2 - 5 kitchen pans, 5 tuned glasses, tuning fork
Player 3 - Rubber pipe, Copper pipe, 5 tuned glasses, tuning fork
Player 4 - 2 cups, 5 tuned glasses, tuning fork

Duration: 7 minutes

Score Sample

Price: £14.95