I’m absolutely delighted to announce that following interviews in Lucerne over a weekend of 90th birthday celebrations for Pierre Boulez, I’ve been selected by Wolfgang Rihm and the staff of Lucerne Festival Academy for a Roche Young Commission, with co-winner Lisa Streich.
I’ll be writing a large orchestral piece over the next two years to be premiered in the Lucerne Festival in 2017, with public workshops and presentation of the work in progress in 2016. For a little more information, have a look at these press announcements (in German):
Posted on August 25, 2015
I’ve just written this article on Christian Mason’s music for the British Music Collection.
Christian and his music have always inspired and impressed me, so it’s a pleasure to have been able to write this spotlight on his work – do have a read, and visit his website to view his full catalogue.
Posted on August 21, 2015
David taught me as an undergraduate in my final year at King’s and was then responsible for bringing me back to the department 5 years ago for my very first teaching job. He showed remarkable faith in my abilities, given that I had graduated from the BMus just a year earlier; I am incredibly grateful to him for this. Much of my teaching work since has developed out of that initial appointment.
His kind support for me as a musician, composer and teacher didn’t stop there. He continually passed opportunities my way, and was always ready to support me if I needed his help applying for any new opportunity I was keen on. More recently, he wrote the warmest and most generous words about my teaching work in a reference that led to my becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
It was a privilege and honour to have studied and worked with him. His knowledge and insight into the works of the composers of the past was second to none; learning from him was one of the most inspiring events of my life and career.
I sometimes feel (perhaps wrongly – I hope so) that we live in a time of great apathy towards classical music from both outside and within the profession. Even in academia, there seems to be a tendency to ignore the notes on the page and concern ourselves with what, for me at least, seem much more peripheral questions.
In contrast to this, David stood for and believed in something much more profound. He was a great musician as well as a scholar; he really knew the music he studied from the inside out. I continue to be inspired by the depth and genuineness of his love for the repertoire, which, perhaps surprisingly to some, included as much secular and instrumental as it did choral music, even though he was justly revered as a performer of mainly the latter.
Our last correspondence was about the possibility of my composing something for the chapel choir to sing this year. What a privilege it would have been to have collaborated with him in this way.
I will continue to treasure the memories I have of him, both as a demanding yet incredibly generous and supportive tutor, but also for his warmth and humour as a friend and colleague, and shall miss him greatly. I know so many others will too. He inspired and nurtured the talents of a huge wealth of today’s great young musicians through the KCL chapel choir, his external conducting posts and, of course, his teaching at King’s.
Posted on October 31, 2014
Posted on February 20, 2014
You might enjoy this little video clip, explaining a little more about what’s happening as part of the London Sinfonietta’s Writing the Future Scheme. The Sinfonietta are looking for donations to support the scheme – please give anything you can at this link.
Posted on November 2, 2013
I’ve just returned from the first leg of the Workers Union mini-tour of my new piece, Organum Sextuplum, for ensemble and electronics in Southampton and Birmingham, and gave this little interview outside Birmingham Conservatoire. Can’t wait for the London premiere at LSO St. Luke’s on 9 November!
I’m delighted to be taking part on the London Sinfonietta’s Writing the Future Scheme this winter. I’ll be writing a new chamber piece for the ensemble’s New Music Show, which takes place at the Southbank Centre on December 8. More details here.
Posted on August 16, 2013
I’m absolutely delighted to be able to announce that I’m one of the winners of this year’s RPS Composition Prize! I’ll be writing a new piece for players from the Philharmonia to be premiered in the Royal Festival Hall on May 31, 2014 as part of the Music of Today Series.
Posted on August 1, 2013
Recent interview on the Sounds New Blog.
Posted on May 26, 2013
I had a fantastic time meeting and passing on a few handy tips to the 2013 participants of the Panufnik Scheme this morning, which reminded me that I haven’t written a blog post since I wrote my first three minute piece for the scheme, which was now nearly two years ago!
Since then I’ve completed a brand new piece for the orchestra, a 10 minute commission that will be workshopped on 11th April at LSO St. Luke’s, followed by the full premiere in September 2013 in the Barbican. It’s called The Calligrapher’s Manuscript and is inspired by the remarkable calligraphy of 17th-century master Johann Hering, which has only recently come to public attention through its online publication on the Bamberg State Library website. As you’ll see from some of the images below, the manuscript in the Bamberg Library is not a conventional artefact in any way. Most calligraphers from this period would produce copybooks or modelbooks for students to learn their craft from, whereas Hering’s album seems to have been intended purely for private study and experimentation. This means that a number of the designs are incredibly elaborate, and towards the end, almost completely abstract. (more…)
Posted on March 15, 2013