Atea Quintet, Brighton Festival

[ May 21, 2015; 1:00 pm to 2:00 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 Dots, and premiered by them back in May.

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Variation (for Judith)

[ March 8, 2015; 2:30 pm to 4:30 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 […]

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Tanglewood

[ June 19, 2015 7:00 am to August 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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World Premiere: Just Before the War with the Eskimos

[ December 4, 2014; 12:00 am to 11:00 pm. ]

 

My new piece Just Before the War with the Eskimos was given its premiere at LimeWharf on 4th December, 2014 by the Change Ringing Ensemble, conducted by Darren Bloom.  The piece includes two custom cast-bronze bells by Artist Peter Shenai.  The bell’s shapes are modelled on the changing environmental (temperature) data of the past 100 years.

The recording will […]

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Fantasies of Management (2014)

for Orchestra
available from Cadenza Music
This piece was written for the 2014 Aspen Music Festival, at which I was the Polonsky Fellow in Composition.
It was conducted there by George Jackson.

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The Geometry of Clouds: Sketch and Realization

It took roughly two hours of work this morning to realize this sketch into The Geometry of Clouds.  The five bars of music will be roughly fifteen seconds of music in the final piece.
This piece, for piano quartet, will be premiered this summer at the 2014 Aspen Music Festival.

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5 Non-Musical Books for the Craft of Composing

I’ve recently written a post about 5 Technical Books Every Composer Should Own.  While these books are fundamental to the technique of being a composer, I have had numerous teachers tell me that they’ve learned far more about composition from non-musical books and artists than they ever did from other composers.
I wonder if some of […]

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2014 Aspen Music Festival

[ June 16, 2014 10:00 am to August 17, 2014 5:00 pm. ] I’m very pleased to have been offered (and to have accepted!) a full scholarship to attend and study at the 2014 Aspen Summer Music Festival.  I’ll be writing a new orchestral piece (after my work with the BBCSO this past year) and a new chamber work for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.  Faculty at the festival […]

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De ce Trombonesti? (2013)

for solo alto trombone (with practice mute)
available from Cadenza Music
This piece was commissioned by the London Sinfonietta, for their Writing the Future Scheme.
The world premiere was given by Douglas Coleman, beneath the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Dec 2013.

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The Deeper Breath to Follow (2013)

for orchestra
available from Cadenza Music.
Written for the BBC Symphony Orchestra as part of a Sound and Music Embedded Residency.
World premiere recording of Maida Vale Studios, Nov. 2013, Conducted by Garry Walker.

Working with Garry Walker and the BBCSO

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