2015, 4 minutes
Also known as fire tornados or fire devils, these whirlwinds of flame occur when intense heat and turbulent wind conditions combine to form whirling eddies of air. These eddies can tighten into a tornado-like structure that sucks in burning debris and combustible gases. The piece is based around the idea of swirling vortices, increasing in speed and interrupted by updrafts.
Written for the London Symphony Orchestra through the LSO Discovery Panufnik Composers Scheme, supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust.