Earlier this summer I was appointed as the first Ulster Youth Choir Composer-In-Residence. As my first task, I was commissioned to compose a piece for their summer concert, As Dreams Are Made On, which was centred around Shakespearean text and themes. I chose to set Shakespeare’s sonnet number 43. I named the piece Darkly Bright, both because I really love that phrase, and because I feel it has personal relevance to the harmonic language of the piece. Above is a video of the piece’s premiere, in Down Cathedral on 30 July.