Last year the London Sinfonietta asked me to make a postcard piece for their 50th birthday, which just meant the piece had to fit onto one side of a postcard. Here is the postcard and below is a short electronic version I made of the piece to demo how it could work:
Was great to hear Owen Gunnell premiere my new piece for solo percussion, Changing Up, yesterday at one of London Sinfonietta’s ‘World Premiere Wednesday’ events.
I had a great time working with the fantastic musicians from the London Sinfonietta Academy 2016 a couple of weeks ago. Due to illness I ended up conducting my new work for large ensemble Beasts Bounding Through Time. Here is the recording of the premiere:
London Sinfonietta have commissioned me to write a new ‘Sinfonietta Short’ for solo percussion, which will be premiered in March 2017. Lots of ideas brewing…
I’m really delighted to have been commissioned by the London Sinfonietta to compose a new 12-15 minute piece for large ensemble for the eighth Sinfonietta Academy in July 2016. The academy is an intensive week-long course for emerging performers and conductors including rehearsals, masterclasses and networking opportunities culminating in a public performance. This course provides experience and training in performing as part of a contemporary music ensemble, with coaching from the London Sinfonietta Principal Players. This year’s academy will be led by Thierry Fischer. Better get writing!
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.
London Sinfonietta: 'Notes to the New Government'
Saturday, May 9, 2015
London SE1 8XX
The London Sinfonietta will premiere a new collaborative work that I have developed with poet Luke Wright, 'The National Loneliness'. Luke will perform the new piece alongside soprano Juliet Fraser and a chamber ensemble of clarinet, violin, 'cello, piano and percussion.
Promo video for the London Sinfonietta’s ‘Notes to the New Government’ project featuring me and Luke Wright! Gig 9th May at the Queen Elizabeth Hall…
I’ve been commissioned, along with poet Luke Wright, by London Sinfonietta to write a new work for their ‘Notes to the New Government’ project, which will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall two days after the upcoming UK election.
Our piece, The National Loneliness, will call on the new government is to address the disconnectedness felt by so many in society. The work will consist of spoken poems, which are interspersed with sung choruses. The poems provide snapshots into the lives of characters who are isolated in some way. In the choruses the soprano, Juliet Fraser, will act as a Siren (in the Greek sense) who banally calls us to the so-called ‘national conversation’ singing ‘We’re all in this together… in leisure love and labour’.