More Imaginary Folksongs (for violin and orchestra) should be seen as a companion piece to my Three Imaginary Folksongs (for clarinet and orchestra), written in 2017.
Both have been written to feature a member of the orchestra which commissioned the pieces – in the clarinet pieces it was the principal clarinettist, Jacqueline Thomas, and in the present piece, the leader, Leo Byrne. As with the clarinet pieces, the present pieces might be heard as coming from imaginary places, referencing elements of the styles of earlier folksong-inspired composers. The plaintive tone of the first folksong contrasts with the livelier, dance-like patterns of the second.
Since the clarinet pieces were first performed, the commissioning orchestra has changed its name from the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Orchestra to Hope Metropolitan Orchestra, in recognition of the partnership which was established between the orchestra and Liverpool Hope University in 2022. The orchestra is now based at Liverpool Hope’s Creative Campus, and plays an important role in the creative life of the University.