My ongoing anthology entitled STEPS is projected to run throughout my life, as a sort of 'companion'. Begun in 2001 it has now run to five volumes. Piano music was the medium by which I came back into composing after a twelve year silence. Two people were catalysts in re-igniting my desire to write: the first was my good friend Michael Bell, of Keele University, who threw down the gauntlet to me (pretty much signing a blank cheque - "You write it - I will play it!"); the second was a gifted young pupil of his whose precocious playing reminded me, somewhat belatedly, of what had lain dormant for too long: that music was indeed beautiful and the most powerful conveyer of thought and expression yet devised. Sometimes, perhaps, the 'obvious' needs to be re-spoken (....and, as the Psalmist has it, 'from the mouths of babes...'). I am eternally indebted to both.

Steps - volumes 1- 5

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Volumes 2, 3, 4 and 5 have been released on CD by Italian label Sheva. Gramophone Magazine reviewed three very positively in 2013/14 You can buy them here and widely online. Volume 1 (Minjeong Shin) follows in 2016.

Minjeong Shin
plays Still

from Steps Volume I
Giovanni Santini
plays Old Man with Water Studies
from Steps Volume 2
Michael Bell
playsMelted Silver, Pearls, Tears, Clouds
from Steps Volume 3
Fabio Menchetti
plays Canto della Vita

from Steps Volume 4
Alessandro Viale
plays no.9

from Steps Volume 5