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Remember Me? Part IV (Performances)

August 29, 2015
2:30 pmto3:30 pm
September 16, 2015
3:00 pmto4:00 pm
September 23, 2015
1:00 pmto2:00 pm
October 22, 2015
12:30 pmto1:30 pm
October 28, 2015
1:00 pmto2:00 pm
November 6, 2015
8:00 pmto9:30 pm
November 21, 2015
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

 

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The HOCKET Piano Duo will give a number of performances of Remember Me? Part IV in the coming weeks.  These include:

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Remember Me? Part IV Premiere

July 29, 2015
4:30 pmto6:30 pm

The HOCKET Piano Duo will be giving the World Premiere of Part IV of “Remember Me?” (for two toy pianos) at Bang On A Can’s Summer Festival at Mass MOCA this July 29th.

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AIDF

May 16, 2015 9:00 amtoMay 26, 2015 7:00 am
October 10, 2015 9:00 amtoOctober 16, 2015 11:00 pm

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I am thrilled to announce that I have been awarded an Arts Council Artists’ International Development Fund Grant connected to my work as Artistic Director of The Riot Ensemble.  This grant will enable me to undertake two international residencies with three of the most exciting contemporary ensembles of our time.  I’ll spend 10 days in New York City with ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) in May, and another week in Cologne with Handwerk and MusikFabrik in October.

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Each of these residencies has a slightly different focus.  ICE has always been a model for how we think about our organisation at The Riot Ensemble.  I’m particularly excited to work with their artistic team, and in particular their Executive Director Claire Chase, observing meetings and rehearsals, pitching in at concerts, and even being involved in evaluating and strategising the evolution of some of their projects, such as DigitICE, their online Digital Media Library.

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The ICE Ensemble

In October, I’ll be staying with musicians from Hand Werk and MusikFabrik, another two ensembles who are total inspirations to the work we do at The Riot Ensemble.  I’ll have the chance to observe rehearsals (including a week of MusikFabrik’s insanely awesome Pitch-43 programme), chat to their artistic teams, and gain an international perspective on what’s going on at the cutting-edge of new music.

Helen Bledsoe / Klaus Lang, Komponist

Helen Bledsoe with Klaus Lang

I’ll be back here throughout these projects to document the questions and ideas they throw up for me, alongside (I hope!) a bunch of interviews, pictures and little audio snippets from some of the most exciting new music practitioners of our time.

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Ensemble Hand Werk

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Anything But Real Time, Premiere LSO Soundhub

April 17, 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

The world premiere of my new piece for 10 LSO Musicians, Anything But Real Timewill be at LSO St. Luke’s on 17th April, at 7pm.  This piece was commissioned as part of the LSO Soundhub Scheme.

I will be conducting the premiere, which will be accompanied by a video I created using only the iPhone’s slo-motion mode.  Here’s a sneak peak at a short excerpt from that video.

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Atea Quintet, Brighton Festival

May 21, 2015
1:00 pmto2:00 pm

I’m thrilled that the absolutely fantastic Atea Wind Quintet will be giving their second performance of my piece How to Avoid Huge Ships at the Brighton Festival in May.  The piece was commissioned for Atea by New Dotsand premiered by them back in May.

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Variation (for Judith)

March 8, 2015
2:30 pmto4:30 pm

Judith Serota ran the Spitalfields festival for nearly 20 years.  When she left, a group of composers were asked to write her a set of variations on her favourite Bach Aria (Bist du bei mir).  These were eventually premiered and recorded by pianist Melvyn Tan.

Judith and Melvyn have continued and extended the project in a variety of fun and exciting ways – one of which is now to ask new, often emerging, composers to write new variations that are more challenging for Melvyn.  (The original set were intended to be learned by Judith herself – and she has!)

Yesterday, Melvyn gave the third performance of my variation up at The Stables, in Milton Keynes, which I wrote while in residence at Copland House.  It was a really beautiful – and incredibly demanding – program, including Bach, Liszt & Chopin alongside a selection of variations old and new.  Thanks to all who were involved!

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ARAM (Associate, Royal Academy of Music)

I have been awarded an “Associate of the Royal Academy of Music” by RAM’s Governing Board of Directors.  The Academy bestows this award on former students who have made a “significant contribution to the music profession”.  Below is the full list of appointed associates in 2015.  It’s great to see how many of these appointments have gone to composers, and it’s an honour to appear alongside friends and close colleagues Darren Bloom, Elspeth Brooke and Luke Styles.

RAM Associate 2015

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Expressions of Sea Level

April 23, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

The Dr. K Sextet will be performing Expressions of Sea Level for the third time – this time un-conducted – at The Warehouse, on 23 April, starting at 7pm.

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Tanglewood

June 19, 2015 7:00 amtoAugust 17, 2015 12:00 pm

I’m really honoured to have recently received a fellowship for the 2015 Composition Programme at the Tanglewood Music Center.  The Geometry of Clouds will receive a performance at Tanglewood, as will two new works that I will write while in residence there.

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Recording: Jacquin Trio

December 19, 2014
9:30 amto1:30 pm

Today I recorded the Jacquin Trio in the beautiful home of Bob Boas’ in central London.

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I’ll post some recordings on this page once they’re available.  In the meantime, you can check out some of my other recording work on this page.

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