St Asaph Toccata was commissioned by Symphony Hall, Birmingham, as part of the Bach to the Future Series, and was first performed by Catherine Ennis on 9 February 2004.
The original title for the piece was Toccata Machine as I had an image of the gigantic Symphony Hall organ as some kind of mad machine uncontrollably spewing out manic toccata figuaration. Excepting a short oasis of calm two-thirds of the way through, the piece is very loud and has millions of notes in it.
The eventual title refers to the street in London where I live, rather than the Welsh St Asaph.
© Gabriel Jackson