The starting point for this point was some dramatic cloud formations the composer experienced while in Morrinsville, New Zealand. It was a brilliant sunny day, with occasional huge and interestingly shaped clouds floating past. They provided inspiration for the opening texture of Clouds, which is flowing and slowly unfolding in character. Clouds can assume many different shapes and characters. There are stormy ideas with strong rhythms, jagged ideas built from small motifs, mysterious ideas that suggest darker clouds and bright climaxes that suggest the sun bursting through. The solo trombone is rather like a small aeroplane, weaving its way through the clouds and enjoying a turbulent journey. Its part is soloistic but also integrated into the overall band texture and often under pinned by the percussion, who have an important role in sustaining the momentum for the piece.