I have just started writing my first work for the Marinierskapel der Koninklijke (Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy) as their Composer-in-Residence. I have called the work`Storm Surge’ – the subject matter is the cataclysmic North Sea flood that took place on the night of 31 January 1953. The storm caused devastation in the Netherlands as well as in England, Scotland and Belgium. There were 2,551 fatalities in total that night. `Storm Surge’ will be premiered in November this year.

See: North Sea Flood 1953