Monthly Archives: October 2014

‘Songs for Stanley’

So the boy arrived, he’s called Stanley Robin Oliver and is great!

This means that Juice will premiere ‘Songs for Stanley’ next Thursday 6th November at 7pm in Shoreditch Church alongside a couple of new pieces by Holly Harrison and Amy Beth Kirsten for Juice and the Riot Ensemble. Details available here. Should be fun and hope to see you there!



Juice performing ‘Songs for __________’

My lovely and patient wife, Anna, is very pregnant right now. It’s an exciting time! The baby not turning up at this point means that I can’t announce the name of my new piece for Juice Vocal Ensemble yet. Following my dedication of Lullaby for Joni for my daughter I thought it would be wise to even out the score and have written five new settings of nursery rhymes for the impending arrival, Songs for ______. The new piece (with it’s full name), which has been commissioned by Riot Ensemble, will be performed at an excellent sounding gig, ‘she is a myth‘, at Shoreditch Church on 6th November at 7pm.

‘Extending from the Inside’ review

Elizabeth Kenny gave a stellar premiere of my ‘Extending from the Inside’ for solo theorbo at the Cymnock Trust promenade concert last week. Sadly I wasn’t able to make it up to Ayreshire but hopefully Liz will be performing the piece at the Turner Sims Concert Hall at some point in the coming academic year. There was a nice (possibly best ever review?!) mention of my work in the Scottish Herald by Keith Bruce:

“Elizabeth Kenny [played] a wonderful new piece by Benjamin Oliver, ‘Extending from the inside’ [for solo theorbo], which sounded a little like King Crimson’s Robert Fripp guesting with the Young Marble Giants.”