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I will be performing Beethoven’s charming early piano sonata in E major, Op.14 no.1 in the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester University on Thursday 5th October at 13.10. In the same concert the Quatuor Danel will play Beethoven’s arrangement of the very same piece in F major – did Beethoven originally conceive this for string quartet? The Quatuor Danel just happen to be one of the best string quartets in the world – so no pressure on my performance then! It’s free of charge, so you can just turn up.
I am currently working on a new work for the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet, to be premiered in the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester on 16th November 2017, as part of the New Music North West Festival.
I’m very grateful to Psappha for including Wonderland (for 7 instrumentalists, 2015) in their programme for their concert on 17 November 2017 (7.30pm) at Psappha St Michaels, 36-38 George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5DG. This concert is part of the New Music North West Festival. The concert also includes works by Mark Anthony Turnage, Brian Elias and Philip Cashian, and will be conducted by Nicholas Kok. Tickets available here at Psappha’s website.
I was delighted to perform the world premiere of my new piano piece, Kinderszenen on 8th August 2017 in l’Eglise Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens at Cissé, in the Poitou region of France. This performance was included in the Concerts en nos Villages series, which runs alongside the ARAM-Poitou Summer Academy in late July / early August, during which I also performed works by Schubert, Beethoven, Fauré, George Crumb and Morton Feldman.
I’ve now uploaded a recording of the premiere onto Soundcloud, which you can listen to.
I was also very happy to be teaching on the Composition Masterclass at ARAM-Poitou alongside Peter Swinnen from 5th-12th August.
John Turner and myself have recently made a new recording of Kokopelli (for recorder and prepared piano). This will be included on a reissue of ‘John and Peter’s Whistling Book’, which will be available through Divine Art / Métier. Watch this space!
Misplaced Time Refound was shortlisted for a BASCA British Composers Award (Solo/Duo category) in 2016. You can hear Gavin Osborn’s performance of it (Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester, 25 February 2016) here.
I had the great privilege of performing Fauré’s Piano Quintet no. 2 with the Quatuor Danel in the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester on 25 November 2016. What an experience: Fauré is an absolute magician when it comes to harmony and texture.
I am grateful to the pianist Clare Hammond for her exquisitely sensitive performances of Five Preludes in St Briavels church, Gloucestershire on 19th February 2017, and in Dorstone House, Hay-on-Wye (part of the Hay-on-Wye Festival) on 24th July 2016.
I am writing a new string quartet for the Quatuor Danel inspired by Iceland’s incredible geology (which is hyperactive compared to most other places on earth). Can geological processes, such as eruption and effusion of lava, buckling and cracking of rock, erosion by wind, water and ice be represented by music? Can music evoke Iceland’s unique relationship between heat and cold, and the otherworldly atmosphere of its landscape? That is what I am trying to work out at the moment.
From 13-19 July 2016 I visited Iceland, a place I have always been fascinated by, and I walked the Laugavegur trail from Landmannalaugar to Thórsmörk, including the ascent to Fimmvörduháls, beneath the Eyjafjallajökull volcano (infamous for bringing European air travel to a halt in 2010).