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Retorica premiere in April

After a long gestation period of workshops and partial performances, violin duo Retorica (Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo) perform the world premiere of the full version of Dances and Chorales for two violins and live electronics in a concert for the Cardiff University Concert Series (17 April, 19:00).

Tracing Lines and Reaching, Falling in South Africa

An excellent South African trio of musicians - Liesl Stoltz (flute), Peter Martens (cello) and Jose Dias (piano) perform two of my works (Reaching, Falling - in a new arrangement for flute, cello and piano - and the original flute and cello version of Tracing Lines) in a concert of South African works called African Explorations. The programme gets two outings - 11 March at the Woordfees in Stellenbosch, and 20 March at the Baxter Concert Hall, Cape Town - and alos includes works by Adrian More, Jan-Hendrik Harley and Conrad Asman.

Welsh Voices at Cardiff University - contemporary choral music project

The ensemble I direct and conduct - Cardiff University's Contemporary Music Group - presents the first event in a year-long project to perform and record choral music by Welsh composers.

For this first concert, we will present music by a range of composers, including John Metcalf, Sarah Lewis, Max Davies, Richard Elfyn Jones, Charlie Barber, Gareth Churchill, Guto Puw, Eloise Gynn, Mervyn Burtch, Andrew Taylor, Damian Rees, Pwyll ap Sion and Geraint Lewis.

CoMA National Festival of Contemporary Music for All

I have been working with CoMA (Contemporary Music for All), Ty Cerdd and the Fidelio Trio to devise and deliver the Cardiff event for the CoMA national Festival of Contemporary Music for All, which we will present on 2 and 3 March 2018 at Cardiff University.

Two day of participatory workshops and talks for amateur and young performers and composers will be capped by concerts on the Friday night by the ensemble I conduct - Cardiff University Contemporary Music Group - performing contemporary choral music from Wales, and on the Saturday night by the Fidelio Trio.

The events are open to all - the focus will be vocal music on Friday 2 March and instrumental music on Saturday 3 March. For information and booking tickets, please follow these links:

Ken Gloag Memorial Day

I'm very honoured to be involved as a conductor in this event honouring the life and legacy of my colleague at Cardiff University, Ken Gloag. Ken was an eminent scholar, whose work on the postmodern in music encompassed studies of contemporary classical music, jazz and popular music. He sadly passed away earlier this year.

The School of Music is presenting a day which includes a symposium, round-table discussions and two concerts on 2 December. In addition to an evening concert by the Cardiff University Jazz Ensemble lead by Huw Warren, the early evening concert will feature contemporary music which Ken studied and wrote about - piano music by Tippett (played by Raymond Clarke), guitar music by Maxwell Davies (played by Christopher Roberts), and two works for small ensemble - Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale" suite, and the Michael Daugherty's "Dead Elvis" (for solo bassoon and ensemble). I will conduct these last two pieces with an excellent group of local professional players, some of whom are alumni of both the university and the Contemporary Music Group which I direct.

Tracing Lines on Portuguese national radio

Composer Luis Tinoco presents a weekly contemporary music radio programme The Geography of Sound on Portuguese national classical music radio station, Antena 2. On Sunday 19 November, the programme explored works from my chamber music disc, Tracing Lines, performed by the Fidelio Trio, Carla Rees (bass flute) and Patricia Rozario (soprano).

Premiere at Festival Capriccio en Maine

I'm very pleased to have been commissioned by the French quartet Quatuor Capriccio for the 3rd edition of their Festival Capriccio en Maine in Angers, France. They will premiere a new work exploring the idea of capriccio in a special concert on Saturday 9 December 2017. The plan to record the work in early 2018 for Orchid Classics.

Retorica project premiering in Cardiff 2018

After a long gestation period, Retorica (Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo, violin) returns to Cardiff University on 17 April 2018 to premiere "Dances and Chorales", a substantial piece for two violins and live electronics. They also present a new work with fixed film and audio electronics by Wendy Hiscocks, and John McCabe's Spielend (2003).

Signum Quartet collaboration

In Autumn 2016, I commence a collaboration with the Cologne-based Signum Quartet - previously BBC New Generation Artists - in which they will perform my glimpses of a half-forgotten future in both Germany and the UK. They will also be in residence at Cardiff University, performing, presenting masterclasses with student composers and performers, and presenting their quartweet project.˾n/

Cape Town Opera Premiere

As part of FOUR:30 in collaboration with UCT Opera School, I will be writing a short opera - The Application - which will have five performances in Cape Town this November. The libretto is by Laurence Allan and receive its premiere at Artscape, Cape Town on Saturday 21 November. Directed by Geoffrey Hyland.

Scenario: Mrs Makeleni needs a passport. Her grandson was born and raised in the UK after her son emigrated, and she has never met him – indeed, she has never left South Africa. Now she wants to travel to his wedding, and must apply to Home Affairs for her first ever passport – a process which proves rather more troublesome than expected.

21 Nov - Premiere
25 Nov - Second Performance
26 Nov - Third Performance
27 Nov - Fourth Performance
28 Nov - Fifth Performance

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