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Soundscape for symphony orchestra was conceived in 1972 when the composer was a teacher at Barton Court School in Canterbury. As house mistress of a house named after one of the planets, which happend to be Pluto, she sketched a last movement for Holst's Planet Suite, which was intended to be called Planet Nova, subtitled Homage to Holst. The project, for the Kent County Youth Orchestra, unfortunately fell through, and the sketches remained untouched until the late 1990s, when they were re-worked into the present pieces, scored as the composer puts it, for a Planet-sized orchestra.
The first performance was given at a concert at the Marches School, Oswestry on 8 April 2000 by the Oswestry Sinfonia conducted by Ian Ward to mark the composer's 80th birthday.
08 Apr 2000: Performed by the Oswestry Sinfonia with conductor Ian Ward at the Marches School, in Oswestry