As part of my prize for being a winner of the BBC Proms Inspire competition in 2018, I was commissioned by the BBC to compose a piece inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
“Mare Tranquillitatis” follows the journey of Apollo 11 from Earth to the Moon. The first movement describes the take-off – exciting, energetic and ebullient. In the second movement, the pace slows as the astronauts look down on Earth. The third movement implies a sense of danger when the astronauts approach the Moon. The main theme returns as the landing starts, followed by a finale as the Eagle touches down.
It was performed by the Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Duncan Ward, on 13th August 2019 at the BBC Maida Vale Studios, and broadcast on Radio 3 the following week. You can hear it on the BBC’s website – scroll forward to 2 hours 25 mins into the broadcast.