I have many friends in Lydbrook Band and it was a privilege during lockdown to gather their thoughts about what 'time' meant to them - around 20 hours of Zoom conversations! - and to spend my time creating River of Time with their contributions as inspiration. Rhys Trimbles' evocative narration and Gary Andrews' beautiful illustrations are a joy.
River of Time was inspired by the River Wye and 'time', and written in 2020. Over half of Lydbrook Band are partners or live in the same households; the music was written with this in mind, the players performing and recording together and the music incorporating freer 'cadenzas' to generate musical shape and flow within the regular click track framework.
River of Time was commissioned by Lydbrook Band, part of a wider Lydbrook Band project for the Wye Valley River Festival 2020, and funded by Arts Council England.