Explore Wilkinson’s otherworldly septet, Cloudplay.

Cloudplay Septet
Septet for Flute, Clarinet, Vibraphone, Harp, Violin, Cello & Piano

The music for mixed septet evokes an ethereal soundscape. Extended instrumental techniques explore the sonorities and timbre of flute, clarinet, vibraphone, harp, violin, cello and piano. Scores and instrumental parts are available from UMP Ltd.


The Kokoro Ensemble, the chamber orchestra of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maxime Tortelier, gave the UK world premiere of Cloudplay in 2013. The work balances a detail of scoring with freedom of interpretation and extemporisation within an arch form. Diverse musical segments merge, coalesce, and fragment in often playful combinations of instrumentation and rhythmic structures.

Cloudplay has a duration of approximately seven minutes. It is suitable for more advanced players with its use of modern notation and extended techniques, techniques that may be readily acquired by adventurous, intermediate-level performers. It makes for an exciting addition to any music school, college or academy concert, showcasing an unusual combination of instruments.

Explore a creative visualisation of the septet on YouTube.

Related Works

Discover Wilkinson’s music for intermediate chamber orchestra. ‘Vestalia’ is a short ballet based on themes from the composer’s popular Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. Accessibly tonal, the music features solos for many instruments within a pastoral soundscape of sonorous harmonies. United Music Publishing Limited can provide scores in two sizes and all instrumental parts are available for hire.

Several solo albums for flute, clarinet, violin, descant recorder, trumpet and trombone are piano accompanied with many pieces set for music examination. The Sonata for Cor Anglais and Piano is a welcome addition to the genre’s limited repertoire and joins the Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, two Violin and Piano works and other solo piano pieces as repertoire for recital examinations in the syllabuses of Trinity College London.

Visit the publications page to discover more exciting musical works that include a gargantuan symphony!



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