‘Dancing Through the Undergrowth’ was inspired by the ground dwelling inhabitants of my garden. I’ve had Horace, my large 110 -120 year old tortoise since childhood, and the first piece is supposed to express his determined progress round the garden, flattening everything in his path. In the summer months his exploits can be followed on his facebook page (Horace Sharma). He may not actually dance, but he moves a lot faster than most people think. Slugs and snails inhabit most gardens and their movements are slimy and sinuous, so the music should express that. We all need more spiky hedgehogs, to eat some of the slugs and snails. These pieces were originally written for a youth music playing day.