Stoke Abbott was first performed by Henry Clay on the 20th of May 2011 at the Carole Nash Recital Room at the RNCM.
The piece was inspired by a wintery visit to the small village of Stoke Abbott in Dorset.
The fireplace is scattered with matchsticks,
their little sparks of flame burnt out on the stubborn wood. Sometimes there would be just a speck of red in the iron grate. Sometimes a great orange tongue would lick the chimney wall.
But still the room remains an icy cold, unchallenged by the fire.
Standing high on the hilltop,
surrounded by frozen fields and icy winds,
the shadow of the old Roman fort remains watchful.
The hedgerow rustles.
We stop and stare until a great brown blur runs from its cover.
It dashes across the snow white fields.
Then the deer stops and stares.
But with a sudden change of heart
the deer turns and races away,
and loses itself in the icy world.
Stoke Abbott - Guy Hoogewerf
Stoke Abbott is available to purchase for £10.00 excluding postage.