Philharmonia Orchestra Commission May 2019

This new commission for the Philharmonia Orchestra will celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Anvil concert hall in Basingstoke. This was, in fact, the place I saw some of my first orchestral concerts as a child so it is particularly meaningful to be writing a piece for a performance there. The programme also features Sheku Kanneh-Mason performing the Elgar Cello concerto and Martin Brabbins will be conducting.

More information and tickets here.

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Royal Ballet, Linbury Studio February 2019

‘Formations’, which was commissioned last year by the London Sinfonietta to celebrate the 50th birthday of the ensemble, is being choreographed by Kristen McNally for this showcase ‘New Work New Music’, at the newly refurbished Linbury Studio. This will be the Royal Ballet’s first performance in the Linbury since its refurbishment. London Sinfonietta will be conducted by Jonathan Lo.

Tickets and more information can be found here.

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BBC Radio 3 & BASCA conference on Diversity in Composition

I was invited to speak on a panel about diversity and inclusion in composition. The conference was held at RNCM and hosted by the BBC and BASCA. The panel was chaired by Tom Service and the other contributors were Susanna Eastburn (chief executive of Sound and Music), Rob Adideran (executive director London Music Masters) and Jeffrey Mumford (composer). It was a lively discussion with lots of really important issues coming to the fore and I felt very glad to have been a contributor. 

Listen again...

 

The discussion was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and you can listen to it here

Performance of Look Up at Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Utrecht

Look Up for four voices, viola da gamba and electronics will receive its second performance as part of Gaudeamus Muziekweek, in Utrecht this September.  Performed by the wonderful Silbersee Vocal Ensemble and electronics by Wouter Snoei .
 

8.15pm, 9th September, 2016 , Pieterskerk, Utrecht, Netherlands

Premiere At York Late Music with Lemn Sissay

York Late Music commissioned me to set some poems by Lemn Sissay as part of a concert event in conjunction with York Literature Festival.

These new songs, for soprano and piano were premiered yesterday by Ana Beard Fernandez (soprano) and Kate Ledger (piano) at St Saviourgate Chapel, York.

Click here to read more about the event.

The evening began with a pre-concert conversation between me and Lemn. Lemn then read a selection of his poems and this was followed by a recital beginning with my new songs and including works by Nicola Lefanu, Steve Crowther, Benjamin Britten and Peter Reynolds.

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