Summer 2017: Video, Opera, Forests of Recorders

An update on what’s been going on in the last few months:

At the beginning of the Summer, I contributed sound and music to brilliant artist Marianna Simnett’s new film, Worst Gift, a visually stunning and characteristically disturbing fable, partly shot on location in a Botox factory. The installation at Matt’s Gallery comprised the film and a synchronised array of illuminated syringes.

Marianna Simnett, Worst Gift - installation view

Marianna Simnett, Worst Gift – installation view

I spent much of August-October in Berlin, working on Stepha Schweiger’s music theatre piece The Mark On The Wall, an atmospheric adaptation of the Virginia Woolf short story. I appeared as the narrator/speaker, my rumbling voice counterpointed against the wonderful soloist Anna Clementi, and players from the European Music Project. We performed a concert version in London (appropriately enough at RADA in Bloomsbury), before a fully-staged run in Berlin.

Performing 'The Mark On The Wall' in London (photo: Claire Shovelton)

Performing ‘The Mark On The Wall’ in London (photo: Claire Shovelton)

At the end of October, ace record quartet The Flautadors revived my 2001 piece De La Salle, in a new version: four recorder players utilising twenty-one instruments between them. This was part of their 20th anniversary celebration concert at Milton Court, the wonderful new concert hall in the shadow of the Barbican – and they’ve just recorded the piece too – take a look at their new album here!

The Flautadors rehearsing 'De La Salle' at Milton Court

The Flautadors rehearsing ‘De La Salle’ at Milton Court

Finally, I’m delighted to have been nominated for a second British Composer Award, for my vocals+sinewaves+postcards piece Affix Stamp Here, premiered by EXAUDI last year. Again, the whole shortlist is full of inspirational composers and music, look:

British Composer Awards Nominees 2017

British Composer Awards Nominees 2017