• Joby Talbot
  • Hovercraft (2004)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the Kensington Symphony Orchestra in memory of David Graves and with assistance from the Making Music/Arts Council England Special Activities Fund.

Included as part of the ballet "Chroma"

  • 3(pic).3(ca).2+bcl.3(cbn)/4.3.2+btbn.1/timp.3perc/hp.pf(cel)/str
  • 5 min

Programme Note

Hydrofoils are nothing compared to hovercrafts. They might be cheaper and more reliable
but where’s the romance in a hydrofoil? I well remember my family’s annual pilgrimage to
Pegwell Bay in the 70s to watch the hovercrafts come in from France; terrifying machines
pounding across the ocean then remorselessly surging up the beach spouting great fountains
of surf and with the noise of a thousand Lancaster bombers. Where did they all go?

Joby Talbot


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