Elizabeth Kenny (theorbo/lute player extraordinaire) played my ‘Extending from the inside’ in Victoria, Canada, this week. It was part of a concert presented as part of the Lute Society of America West Workshop 2017, staged by the Ancient Music Society of Victoria and the Lute Society of America. Liz was a member of the teaching faculty of the workshop.
Liz and I are exploring a potential collaboration with some other exciting musicians for 2018 so watch this space on that!
Canadian new music group, Ensemble Paramirabo performed my The Circus Animals’ Desertion in Turner Sims as part of the University of Southampton Music Department’s Lunchtime Concert Series on Monday. It was great to have the ensemble here and they did an awesome job on my piece. They are also playing the piece tonight at a concert at Birmingham Conservatoire.
Last Friday Juice Vocal Ensemble performed two of my Songs for Stanley live on BBC Radio 3. Composed in 2014 and dedicated to my then newly born son, Songs for Stanley is the second work I have written to celebrate the arrival of my children into the world, the first of these pieces being Lullaby for Joni for the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Songs for Stanley was commissioned by Riot Ensemble and Juice in 2014, and it is great that Juice have gone on to the perform the pieces on a number of occasions since.
You can hear the BBC broadcast on the IPlayer for a while (my piece around 34 minutes): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b080xz8w
I am pleased to be one of five professional musicians involved in setting up a brand new music for Southampton called PLAYLIST. The launch night of this new venture is at God’s House Tower in central Southampton on Tuesday 11th October.
The headline performer, Elizabeth Kenny, is one of Europe’s leading lute players. Liz’s programme will include my ‘Extending from the inside’, which I wrote for her in 2014. She is a brilliant and spell binding musician, not to be missed.
Also on the bill are the brilliant alternative folk trio Tenderlore and the fabulous Nicola Heinrich will perform music for solo ‘cello.
Tickets and further info about this event and the next event in November are available here: soplaylist.eventbrite.com
Ensemble Paramirabo will premiere my new twenty-minute piece, The Circus Animals’ Desertion, as they launch their 6th concert season on 23rd September with ‘Blurred Boundaries, a concert dedicated to exploring music on the edges of genres.
Other works on the programme are pop-inspired works by New York Indie Classical stars Nico Muhly (Doublespeak) and Missy Mazzoli (Still Life with Avalanche), the Montreal premiere of Transported for amplified sextet and electronics by Toronto composer Rose Bolton and premieres by Montreal jazzers Philippe Côté and Karine Bétournay.
The concert will take place at the Salle multimédia du Conservatoire in Montreal.
I’m super excited to be going out for this and to working with the ensemble in a few weeks time!
The fantastic Yshani Perinpanayagam will perform my work for solo piano and video, ‘147’, for a second time as part of the Rambert Dance Company’s offering to the at the National Theatre’s River Festival in August. Her performance of Piano Play features my piece, a selection of Játékok by György Kurtág and ‘Game On’ for piano and Commodore 64 by Cheryl Frances-Hoad.
I am currently in the midst of a mini-residency with Rambert Dance Company in a collaboration with choreographer Melanie Teall. We are working on a new piece for two dancers and two musicians (piano and synth). The marvellous Edward Pick and Yshani Perinpanayagam are playing keyboards. There will be a ‘showing’ of the new piece in September at Rambert, watch this space for more information.
Piano Trio (with whistles), which was commissioned by the Deal Festival, was premiered by the fantastic trio of Maksim Štšura (piano), Michael Foyle (violin) and Raphael Lang last Friday. Here is a live recording I made at the concert at at the John Shipton Memorial Concert at St George’s Church in Deal. Many thanks to the trio, Markus Kinch for his photos and to all at the Deal Festival!
Aaron Holloway-Nahum, director of the excellent Riot Ensemble, has just put up a recording of my Riot and Juice Vocal Ensemble commissioned piece ‘Songs for Stanley’. The recording is from Juice’s performance earlier this year at the Wednesdays at the Forge series.
I’ve written a post for the Southampton Music Department blog about the recent performance of The National Loneliness by the London Sinfonietta, featuring Luke Wright and Juliet Fraser. I ended up conducting my piece and works by Emma-Ruth Richards and Jordan Hunt, which was really fun. Was great to write a new work with Luke and I hope we can work together again very soon.