News: Announcements

New Music Dublin performance news

After cancellation due to heavy snow in March, the Fidelio Trio has re-scheduled their concert for New Music Dublin for September 2018 - the new date to be announced soon.

Quatuor Capriccio recording

French quartet Quatuor Capriccio has recently recorded the work they commissioned from me in 2017 for the Festival Capriccio-en-Maine. After a wonderful festival in Decemberwhere I was in residence, they have recently recorded the Capriccio Variations: Le Herisson Interrompant for their next CD release.


Fidelio Trio at CoMA Festival Cardiff re-scheduled

Following postponement due to the snowy weather in early March, the Cardiff events for CoMA's national Festival of Contemporary Music for All have been re-scheduled for Thursday 3 May. The Fidelio Trio's performance of my "Mammals of Southern Africa", alongside music by Joe Cutler, Donnacha Dennehy and Michael Finnissy, will take place at 14:00 in the Concert Hall of Cardiff University's School of Music.

Signum Quartet quartweets at String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam

The Signum Quartet perform a series of concerts at the first edition of the SQBA, including a full cycle of Jorg Widmann's quartets and two concerts of quartweets from their on-going quartweet project.

In their lunchtime Tiny Premieres concert at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam on Saturday 3 February, they include my The Third Solitude.


ISCM New Music Days 2018 selected work

My Ukuhamba kukufunda (To Travel is to learn) has been selected by NMSA as one of the six South African works submitted to the Beijing ISCM World New Music Days 2018.

Here’s a little extract from the recording Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra and Mark Eager did back in 2015 – it’s available (alongside two rediscovered Debussy scores and gorgeous Jolivet orchestral songs) on ASC Records & Prima Facie Records City of Light CD.

Performance materials available from Composers Edition (see home page).


Monodrama workshop

The year started off very energetically last week with the first workshop on my monodrama project. Working with two wonderful collaborators, South African baritone Njabulo Madlala and British opera director Ben Davis, we explored stories, characters and inspirations intensively for three days.

Watch out for news about the next stage in the project - another workshop developing the music and staging of the piece.

Fidelio Trio and Signum Quartet performances in 2018

In March 2018, two ensembles with who I have a close working relationship will perform my chamber works. The Fidelio Trio will perform my Mammals of Southern Africa in Ireland and Wales. The trio commissioned the work with funds from the SAMRO Foundation in 2011, and have performed it around the UK and South Africa, as well as recording it for Metier on my chamber portrait CD Tracing Lines. The performance in Ireland is for the New Music Dublin series at the National Concert Hall on Friday 2 March. The Welsh performance is for the Cardiff event in the CoMA National Festival of Contemporary Music for All 2018, and takes place at the Cardiff University School of Music on Saturday 3 March.

The Signum Quartet, old friends and creative collaborators from Cologne, Germany, will perform my glimpses of a half-forgotten future for the Cape Town Concert Series - the South African premiere of this work which they have previously performed in the UK and Germany over the last two years.



Free State Symphony Orchestra performance

On 4 November 2017, the Free State Symphony Orchestra will give a performance of Uhambo Olunintsi (Journeys) in the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Bloemfontein, South Africa as part of their Choral Extravaganza concert. I'm particularly pleased about this performance, as the second performance of this work took place in the same venue back in 2005, when the South African National Youth Orchestra gave the second performance under Conrad van Alphen

Focus on my work in South African Music Studies Journal

The most recent volume of the South African Music Studies Journal (SAMUS) includes a number of articles and items relating to my work. Published by the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM), SAMUS is the main academic journal relating to music studies in South Africa. Volume 34/35 contains an analytical article about my work by Chris van Rhyn, an interview between myself and composer Andile Khumalo, a pull-out score of my Inyoka etshanini (Snake in the grass), and a copy of my CD, Tracing Lines. Copies are available from the links above.

An Eventful Morning... on Portuguese national radio

Luis Tinoco presents a programme of contemporary violin concertos for his series "Geography of Sound" on Portuguese national radio's classical channel Antena 2. Focusing on the recent Mackenzie/Woods/ESO CD on Nimbus, the programme included my "An Eventful Morning Near East London" alongside works from the CD and elsewhere.