The Mock Turtle and the Gryphon dance to the Lobster Quadrille, while Alice recites (rather incorrectly) "'Tis the Voice of the Lobster". The Mock Turtle sings them "Beautiful Soup" during which the Gryphon drags Alice away for an impending trial.
Colin Matthews was born in London and worked as assistant to Benjamin Britten from 1972 - 6, and with Imogen Holst from 1971 - 84.
Since the early 1970s his music has been played worldwide, with recordings on numerous labels. From 1992-9 he was Associate Composer with the London Symphony Orchestra, writing amongst other works his 2nd Cello Concerto, for Rostropovich. In 1997 his choral/orchestral Renewal, commissioned for the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio 3, was given a RPS Award.
His works have been played and commissioned by the New York and Berlin Philharmonics, the LPO, Halle, Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, amongst many others.
"'Will you walk a little faster?' said a whiting to a snail.
'There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my tail.'
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle-will you come and join the dance?"
"…the Isambard Kingdom Brunel of contemporary music: master of great time machines, steamy with energy derived from pulse and from massive, surging harmony, and openly displaying their structural engineering, all finished with a craftsman's care."
Lewis Carroll, The Lobster Quadrille