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This was a commissioned work for accordion orchestra premiered at the Royal Festival Hall, London, February 1993, with the composer conducting. Its New Zealand premiere was in July 1993 with Auckland's youth orchestra, 'Orchestra Nova', re-arranged for symphony orchestra.
The miniature overture is similar to a pocket containing many treasures, little "goodies" collect over a period of time. It consists of several snippets of the melodies and rhythms from the composer's other compositions.
A Pocket Overture was awarded first prize in the Merican ATB (Accordion Teachers Guild) 31st annual compeition for original composition in July 1993.