Cyril Among the Flowers was commissioned by the Belfast Music Society for performance in the Night Music Series 2017 by Alex Petcu. The title of the work comes from a well known character in Belfast, Bontanic Cyril. Cyril is a homeless man often seen in the Botanic Gardens with plastic bags full of books. I was drawn to the contrast of the place in which he set himself. Belfast's Botanic Gardens in summer is a wash with colour, and Cyril stands out against the flowers in full regalia.