Terrific workshop last week with Riot Ensemble for my collaboration with poet Luke Wright. Exciting to be putting stuff together and making plans for a tour, hopefully in 2021.
Here’s a taster of the poetry:
Is this how it ends for all of us? love born at festivals in chemicals and poetry love that lived beyond our bodies love that conquered motorways and calendars love that conquered half of England is this how it ends?
Back in 2015 I wrote a piece with the amazing poet Luke Wright for the London Sinfonietta, which we performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall. It was a great experience and I’m delighted that our collaboration will continue as we develop a new piece for, and with, Riot Ensemble over the coming year or so. The first stage of development is 2 days together in mid-September to try out some ideas and get things moving. This will happen at my stomping ground at the University of Southampton and is possible thanks to Riot Ensemble’s Arts Council funding and some support from the University. Big thanks to Aaron Holloway-Nahum for believing in the project and being so supportive.
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.
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’.
A heads up on another gig with EMFEB on 30th April at the Poetry Cafe in London. I’m working with the wonderful poet Luke Wright and am writing a musical response to his poem ‘Colonel Crampon Goes Off’ for an EMFEB chamber ensemble. The poetry cafe is pretty small so make sure you book early!