First performed at the 1995 Cheltenham International Music Festival by Paul Silverthorn, the BBC Philharmonic and Yan Pascal Tortelier, this work was commissioned by the Cheltenham International Festival for Paul Silverthorne, with funds from South West Arts.

"Gongs toll, muffled drums beat, soft chords chime and die.  There is a sense of glory long gone, a voyage through a graveyard containing music of the past.  Recognisable remains come disconcertingly to the surface like Yorick's skull … Very beautiful it is, too."

Brian Hunt, Daily Telegraph, 9 July 1995