The Marlborough Overture was inspired on a trip from Nelson to Picton at the top of New Zealand’s south island. It alludes to the grandeur of the region – its mountains, valleys and fjords. This composition was Ray’s thesis for his Bachelor of Music degree from Victoria University of Wellington, NZ. The overture has been recorded by the Calgary Youth Orchestra on the CD From the Garden of Eden. A full score and carefully edited parts are readily available.