‘Immortality’ – a 7 minute piece for chorus and instrumental ensemble – was written for Malvern Festival Chorus in 2017. With the main work in the concert being Walton’s dazzling, extrovert, and yet quite short ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’, there seemed to be an opportunity for something smaller scale and more introspective. This gave me the idea to return to ‘Ebb’; this, however, does not involve the chorus, so I searched for a complementary text to use for a companion piece. I found what I was looking for in an unlikely place: the writings of a 19th century American orator, Robert G Ingersoll. ‘Immortality’ and ‘Ebb’ are standalone pieces, but ‘Immortality’ is deliberately scored for the same instrumental forces as ‘Ebb’, and it ends on a prolonged dominant 7th which can either drift forwards into eternity, or acts as a tritone substitution dominant to lead – attacca – into ‘Ebb’. The first performance is on 24th June in Malvern Theatres.