Populusque Romanus - the senate and people of Rome) was commissioned as
part of the centenary celebrations of Warwickshire County Council, and
the composer’s response was to delve even further back that a mere one
hundred years, to encompass the Roman occupation of Britain which
lasted for 350 years. One of the lasting monuments to this occupation
is the amazing system of roads, one of which, the Fosse Way, crosses
Warwickshire. S.P.Q.R. attempts to juxtapose and
contrast the ancient and indissoluble links between rural and urban
Warwickshire and the might of ancient Rome.
The first performance was given by the
Warwickshire County Wind Band in Bedworth Civic Hall on 18th September
1988 under the direction of the composer.