Some of the thematic material for this
suite of three dances is adapted from music originally written for the
Royal Shakespeare Company. The precise location of Illyria was not
important to Shakespeare; what excited him was the resonance of the
word itself and the romance of all far away, make-believe places.
Illyria is “Never Never Land”, and the composer was intrigued with the
idea of inventing dances for such a place.
was commissioned by the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind
Ensembles with funds provided by West Midlands Arts and is dedicated to
Timothy Reynish. The first performance took place on 26th September
1986 at Warwick University during the fifth annual BASBWE Conference.