Over a year ago distinguished British composer Rob Keeley wrote a piece for me entitled Circus Games. It is scored for solo trombone and a septet of two clarinets, flute, horn, vibraphone and piano. Rob says that ‘Circus Games was written above all as a FUN piece, as the title suggests. I imagine the Trombone as a Circus Ringleader, and the wind, piano and vibraphone as members of a circus troupe. Like much of my recent work, the piece is relatively short in duration, but tight and concentrated in its invention, reflecting my view that any language, even a relatively complex one such as I use, can be used in an entertaining and communicative manner.’ It has taken an embarrassingly long time to secure its premiere, which I am delighted to say will be on May 28th in the Konsi recital hall in Bern. You can find out more about rob here and hear some of his work on soundcloud Circus Games is a fantastic piece to play and a very important addition to the repertoire.