I’m over the moon to have been selected (out of 218 applicants) as one of 2 composers who will be writing a new piece for the Riot Ensemble, to be performed later this year. The instrumental lineup I’ll be working with consists of flute, piano, toy piano, hand-held percussion, guitar, viola and harp, which is a pretty unusual but exciting combination! More on this project to come… In the meantime, you can learn more about the Riot Ensemble by clicking the banner below.
Over the course of 2015 I had the great honour to work closely with percussionist Joby Burgess on a new work for vibraphone. On 4 dates throughout the year we met at his studio in Sandy and crashed through various ideas, until a piece began to emerge… ‘Freeze-Frame’ was commissioned through Sound and Music’s ‘Portfolio’ scheme, and will be premiered by Joby Burgess @ National Portrait Gallery, London, on 8th Jan 2016. Doors 6pm, free entry. You can find more details on the event page HERE.
I’ve just accidentally become the Publicity Officer for New Music Brighton – a most splendid organisation run by local composers for local composers – so expect all sorts of nonsense oozing through their social media sites that sounds suspiciously like me… You can find out more about NMB at www.newmusicbrighton.co.uk, or by clicking the banner below.
Here is a recording of the second performance of ‘…and the stars were like pinpricks in the black fabric of night…’ by New Music Players @ The Warehouse, London, 25/09/15. Conductor – Ed Hughes.
The Etius Suite, a short, entirely palindromic 3 movement suite for piano 4 hands that I wrote a number of years back, will be performed in Swinburne Hall, Colchester on 4th November. The call for scores invited composers to submit new repertoire suitable for students of Grade 5 or below. Find out more about the event HERE.
I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s Adopt A Composer scheme, and to be paired with the East London Community Band. Adopt A Composer is run by Sound and Music, PRS and Making Music, and pairs composers with amateur music ensembles who have no experience with contemporary music. Over the course of the year, we’ll be collaborating on a new work, to be performed in London on July 15th 2016. Looks like I’ll also be arranging them a Christmas Carol for their end-of-year concert too! Find out more about Adopt A Composer HERE.
My new piece ‘…and the stars were like pinpricks in the black fabric of night…’ will receive its premiere on 25th September @ The Warehouse, London, performed by Ed Hughes’ New Music Players. There will also be a kind of unofficial, warm-up gig @ Friend’s Meeting House, Sussex Uni, Brighton on 24th. For the event page, click HERE, or on the image below.
Here’s an article I wrote for Sound and Music during the composition of a new work for percussionist Joby Burgess for the ‘Aluminium Music’ Portfolio Scheme. It was kindly published recently by Classical Music Magazine, but you can read it without typos online HERE.