I wrote this piece for myself to perform as part of a solo programme. The title is the motto of my grandmother’s Scottish clan, the McLeods – hence the influence of solo bagpipe music (the more fluid, free parts of the piece) and pipe band music (the more rhythmic, driven parts).
Release was written just after Chris complete his undergraduate study at the University of Canterbury. Composed for his violin teacher Susan Farmer, who premiered the work, Release has since been performed on numerous occasions around New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Chris arranged this version for clarinet and piano for Anna McGregor.