|July 1, 2013 10:00 am||to||July 6, 2013 7:00 pm|
I’m really excited to announce that I’ve been selected as a for the 2013 Cheltenham Composer Academy.
I will be writing a new sextet for the Dr. K Sextet, to be premiered on 6 July at the Cheltenham Music Festival, and will have workshops at the festival with the sextet and composers Kenneth Hesketh, Arlene Sierra, Peter Wiegold and Christopher Fox.
It’s turning into a very busy summer!
|May 3, 2013|
|11:00 am||to||6:00 pm|
As part of the LSO Soundhub Scheme (who are currently accepting applications), I’ll be at LSO St. Luke’s this morning working with LSO Principal Second Violin (and previous member of the Arditti Quartet) David Alberman and Elaine Gould (senior new music editor at Faber Music of Behind Bars fame!)
The morning session will be a reflection on creating orchestral parts (I assume with an emphasis on string parts), while the afternoon will include a workshop of some new sketches and pieces composed for Mr. Alberman by various Soundhub composers. The pieces were supposed to include ‘at least one’ harmonic. Mine ended up with a few more than that…
I’ll be back with some reflections and a summary of the day later this week!
|April 23, 2013|
|9:30 pm||to||10:30 pm|
Tonight at 9:30pm I’ll be on Resonance FM discussing composing for voice. There’ll be an extended discussion of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, along with a broadcast of The Riot Ensemble’s world premiere of my work ‘Plainer Sailing.’
|May 12, 2013|
|11:20 am||to||12:00 pm|
I’m really pleased to have gotten through to the London Sinfonietta Academy‘s live conducting auditions. The course (and audition panel) is being led by George Benjamin. The audition will include the 2nd and 4th movements of Oliver Knussen’s Songs Without Voices. It’s a really exciting opportunity and I’ll be working hard on preparing the score over the coming weeks!
A life’s collection
Fills many fractured rooms.
Pieces of plates -
neatly stacked -
and wine glass stems
perfectly lit in the glass-doored cupboard.
Try pouring yourself out into these vessels
and you’re bound to pick up some deep cuts on the way in or the way out.
To anyone who’s ever created a warm bed of life from two metal sticks,
it’s no wonder
life stings a bit at the seams.
But you’ve got to go right down them
because there’s a particular way a deadly cold seeps in:
Not like a thief but a sledgehammer
lifted again and again,
high over you or your opponent’s head
and somehow – every time -
still a surprise when it comes down.
My LSO Soundhub work, Interaction, for LSO musicians David Worswick and Lorenzo Iosco is today’s feature on composer’s circle.
My review of the Royal Opera House’s closing night performance of George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s Written on Skin is now up on I Care If You Listen.
…Librettist Crimp describes Written on Skin in the programme notes as a “hot story set within a cold frame,” and Benjamin approached his setting in very much this way. In his music, the ‘hot centre’ are the voices. They are virtually omnipresent in the opera, and often times appear to be singing with only the sparsest accompaniment from the orchestra. Benjamin knew the exact voices to be employed in the premiere production when he was writing the opera. This comes through clearly as the voices spread out over their full ranges, interweave perfectly in a number of stunning duets and trios, and come back time and again to their most colourful and expressive notes…
You can read the full review here.
|July 7, 2013 9:00 am||to||July 14, 2013 10:00 pm|
I’m tremendously pleased to announce I’ll be returning to the Etchings Festival in Auvillar, France this summer. The week of activities will be led by the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble with Georg Friedrich Haas and Fred Lerdahl. I’ll be writing a new work for the Ensemble with details TBA. Below is a picture I took in the fields outside Auvillar at last year’s festival.