part one

From Old French fer, ferm ‘firm’ + lier ‘bind’, meaning to roll or fold up (something) neatly and securely.

A way for me to express how I may

try to open up

or withdraw

internally was to

focus on

the physical unfurling of a fern leaf.

I’m fascinated by how the

plant curls up

or unravels depending on

different touch;

human touch,

water and light touch,

heat and cold, and

I thought about unraveling,

or coiling up, these

possibilities with the viola.

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29/04/20 Mark Menzies // ICSM World Music Days Festival, Christchurch New Zealand


26/07/19 Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska // Radziejowski, Poland Synthetis, Pałac Radziejowski

Sarah Westwood - composer

Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska - viola

Jan Jędrzejczyk - recording

Serhii Vilka- video

Live premiere recording, 26 July 2019

The Artists House hall in Radziejowice, Poland - SYNTHETIS

Photo - Sarah Westwood, Carla Rees and Xenia Pestova

@Cheltenham Composers Academy, July 2018 (Danny Imson)


Furl  for viola solo (amplified) will be performed by Mark Menzies at ISCM World Music Days New, Zealand - April 20 


You are Your Memory for flute, clarinet, cello and piano will be performed by RCM students as part of Illuminate Women's Music Chamber Concert at  Royal College of Music - February 20

my sound is torn an interactive version of the piece will be presented at Estalagem da Ponta do Sol Residency for Contemporary Music and Electronics, Madeira  - December 19

for you will be presented at OUA Electroacoustic Music Festival,

Japan - November 19