Bay of Biscay

Richard Fay (Composer)

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This is the oldest tune in the set, originally composed in 1985, written onboard the first ferry of the year crossing from Santander to Plymouth. The 26-hour crossing was memorable for the emptiness of the ship (very few vehicles and passengers), the slate grey of the swell on which this smaller than usual vessel was rolling, the flurries of snow in the air as we left port, and changing movements of the sea as we ploughed across it. That ferry journey, sandwiched between a day of travel at either end, was also a time of sadness as I travelled alone, leaving behind the one I loved. With this piece, finally I began to rediscover my musical voice after the retreat of the classical diet on which I'd previously tried to live.
from Helix: Music for Hard Times, released January 1, 2020
Composed by: Richard Fay (1985)
Recorded, mixed, mastered by: Sam Gee

Katherine Blumer (clarinet)
Bob Dinn (trumpet)
James Heathcote (cello)
Mabon Jones (violin)
Sarah Keirle (viola)
Jemima Kirkland (flute)
Dan Mawson (bass clarinet)
Sheila Seal (piano)
Nina Semertzidou (violin)
Delia Stevens (percussion)
Sophie Sully (double bass)
Imogen Trinder (flute)
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Manchester
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Eventother; 1824-01-01 - Recorded in the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester
Duration: 1 Jan 1824 → …


  • Helix
  • ethno-classical


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