Edmund Jolliffe

Edmund Jolliffe is very active in many fields of composition – as can be seen on his website (www.edmundjolliffe.com) and we have premièred two of his works for piano duet, one of them in two stages!

Three Dances were heard for the first time in a lunchtime recital at St Pancras church Euston Road on 25th November 2010. The 3rd of these (Romp) was premièred on its own in 2009 but two more dances (Slip Jig and A Little Night Waltz) were subsequently composed and added to it to make the set of three. They’re great fun and the Slip Jig is just that, in 7/8 time with an occasional 4/4 or 6/8 slipped in!

Russian Fantasy received its first performance in London on 30th June 2011. It was originally composed from themes written for a documentary set in Russia. Many folk and village scenes, full of colours and larger-than-life characters, helped inspire the quirkiness of the music as well as stark and bare landscapes where the cold was almost palpable – reflected in the music. The piece is dedicated to his Mother with whom he has enjoyed playing many duets.