Resonance FM: Vocal Composition

[ 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.’

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LSA: Conducting Audition

[ 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 […]

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Written on Skin: Review

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 […]

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Getting it Right – Final Round Tables

The first discussion featured LSO Violinist David Alberman, Colin Matthews, Judith Weir and (via skype from Boston) Gunther Schuller.  The panel was chaired by Julian Anderon.
Schuller opened the discussion with commentary on the growing open-mindedness and technical capability – particularly in the area of sight reading – of orchestras over the past 30 years.  Schuller later […]

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