This is not the 'complete works,' but a selection of some recent pieces. There are some earlier pieces that may appear here soon, after a little revision. More information about the pieces below (and scores) is currently available online via the British Music Collection.
Affix Stamp Here (2016)
for voices (at least 4 performers), analogue synthesizers and projections (optional)
Written for EXAUDI and premiered by them at LSO St Lukes. The piece is a sequence of songs that set the messages written on found picture postcards, giving fleeting insights into the lives and personalities of the (almost) anonymous writers. Each song is 'framed' by revolving drones and captions (either projected or spoken) that confirm a place and time. The version below is the premiere live performance, accompanied by the images from the cards.
for ensemble (piano, reed organ, strings and percussion) and pre-recorded voices
Written for Apartment House and premiered by them at the Wigmore Hall. The words are fifty topographical features (hills, rivers, roads, woods, etc.) found in a huge circle around Outer London. The music incrementally changes, one note gradually transforming into a phrase. like the landscape in a motorway journey, the music is always similar but never the same.
The Indistinguishables (2014)
for string quartet and pre-recorded voices
Written for Quatour Bozzini and premiered by them at the //HCMF 2014. The piece works through a sequence of seventy names of moth species sighted in Britain, each accompanied by a chord or phrase - a fleeting soundtrack. The dissembodied voice is triggered via footpedals, so the quartet is always in control of the pacing and length of the silences.
Vapour Descriptors (2014)
for two pianos
Written for Kate Halsall and premiered by her and Fumiko Miyachi at the //HCMF 2014. The piece uses the weird adjectives of the scent industry (sung by the pianists), coupled with closely-related, vapour-trail harmonies. The pianos are spaced as far apart as possible, for a wide stereo image, and play in rhythmic unison only briefly.
This studio recording is by Kate Halsall and Leo Chadburn.
Brown Leather Sofa (2013)
for large orchestra
Written for the London Symphony Orchestra. Later released on CD as part of the 2015 album, 'The Panufnik Legacies II'.
X Chairman Maos (2011)
for voice and amplified ensemble
Written for Apartment House and premiered by them (with Leo as vocalist) at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, as part of their Andy Warhol retrospective. A setting of the infamous "letting a hundred flowers blossom" speech made by Mao Tse-tung in 1957, re-harmonised and re-orchestrated line by line, analogous to a set of screen prints in various hues.
Simon Bookish links:
- Recent notated music
- Red and Blue (2015 EP)
- Everything / Everything (2008 album)
- Trainwreck / Raincheck (2007 album)
- Unfair / Funfair (2006 album)
- Singles (and compilation tracks)
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