Matthew Kaner

London Sinfonietta: Writing the Future

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

Video interview from Workers Union tour

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!

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London Sinfonietta / Writing the Future

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

Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize

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

Interview on Sounds New Blog

Recent interview on the Sounds New Blog.

Posted on May 26, 2013

The Calligrapher’s Manuscript

Johann Hering Calligraphy 1

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

Back in UK

So I’m back from Tanglewood and returning to normal life once again. I’ve a few things to show for my time there, however: firstly, this beautiful rerecording of a much earlier work by the fantastic pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, and secondly, a short piece written in a day for violin and viola entitled Calligraphic Study.

Now it’s time to get back to work on my new orchestral piece!

Posted on September 14, 2012

LSO 10 Minute Commission

So thrilled: I’ve received the 10 minute Panufnik commission from the London Symphony Orchestra!

Posted on February 27, 2012


A few recent photos of me working as a composer!

The photo left was taken at the workshop of my new piece Chasm by the London Symphony Orchestra as part of the Panufnik scheme. (more…)

Posted on February 18, 2012

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