TOUCH was commissioned by The Schubert Ensemble with funds provided by The Steel Charitable Trust and The Schubert Ensemble Trust. It was premiered at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival on 3 September 2005.
I was aware when composing this piece that despite its general speediness I often thought of the music in slow motion. Certainly I was concerned with the idea of moving curves, planes or tangents coming into collison. But as the piece progressed it seemed that alongside the jagged switching of trajectory there were slower, sometimes incredibly slow moments of collision resulting in unexpected exchanges of energy and direction. This seemed to me a somewhat useful development. And so it began to usurp the loose palindromic framework I had set the music within and started to feature more heavily in all the note-moving decisions.