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Gambit takes inspiration from chess, a game I played semi-obsessively and competitively whilst growing up and rediscovered during lockdown. On being asked to write for the wonderful Riot Ensemble, I was pleasantly surprised to find that director Aaron Holloway-Nahum was also a keen player. We played a few games – all quietly intense, infrequently calculated, and ultimately frantic as we ran out of time to play our moves – from which the idea of Gambit was born.

Performance starts at 16'11''.

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Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Violoncello

Duration: 7'

Commissioned by: Riot Ensemble

Premiered by: Riot Ensemble at Crossroads Festival Salzburg in October 2021

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