The title A Dream of Flying recalls the legend of Bladud of Bath who plunged to his death when attempting to fly from the temple of Apollo using home-made wings.
The Octet was written for the Herschel Ensemble, the resident ensemble of the University of Bath.
It was first performed by the Herschel Ensemble: Angela Malsbury (clarinet), Deirdre Dundas Grant (bassoon), Edward Chance (Horn), David Pettit (piano), Diana Cummings (violin), Graeme Scott (viola), David Burrowes (cello) and Stephen Mair (double bass) on 10 May 1995 at University Hall, Bath, promoted by "Rainbow over Bath".
Recorded Friday 26 March 1999 at the Michael Tippett Centre, Newton Park, Bath by the Rainbow International Ensemble:
Kate Romano (clarinet), Martin Bowen (bassoon), Donald Clist (horn), Lorna Osbon (violin), Rachel Wilkes (viola), Rivke van der Staak (cello), Keith Marjoram (double bass), Ivo Stoykov (piano), Roger Heaton (conductor).