Commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, for MusICA 1983
First performed by the Australia Ensemble conducted by the composer, Sir John Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 28 October 1984
Things went excellently for Andrew Ford and the Australia Ensemble . . . His Chamber Concerto No 2, subtitled Cries in Summer, alternated bouts of hectic, fragmented atonalism with calm safety zones painted in sensuously insinuating colours . . . Music like that of Andrew Ford stimulates the mind, but also sometimes touches the heart.
Fred Blanks, Sydney Morning Herald