News: January, 2017

Peter Reynolds Composers Studio at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival

In May I will take up the role of joint Artistic Director of the Peter Reynolds Composer Studio with John Metcalf, co-ordinating and presenting this new collaboration between Cardiff University and the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. I'm looking forward to working with an excellent group of young composers who will be joining us for seminars, tutorials, concerts and workshops with the Marsyas Trio and the New York-based six-piano ensemble Grand Band.

World premiere recording of "Five Miniatures"

South African-born pianist Renee Reznek has released an album of contemporary piano music by South African composers, providing a great introduction to a range of new South African music. Included in the programme is the world premiere recording of my "Five Miniatures" for solo piano. 

The Signum Quartet collaboration continues

Over the next two months, the Signum Quartet will perform two of my works on a few occasions. They kick off with another performance of "Glimpses of a half-forgotten future" in Greven, Germany on 22 January, followed by performances of my quartweet "The Third Solitude" on 25 January at the Wigmore Hall, London, and on 14 March at the Deutschlandfunk, Cologne.

Collaboration with pianist Justin Krawitz

I've recently completed a substantial new solo piano work - On Quietude and Dancing - for excellent South African pianist Justin Krawitz. Justin performs internationally, and has a particular interest in contemporary South African music. He is Assistant Professor in Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado, and gives masterclasses, presentations and piano clinics around the world. Here's his profile at UNC:

The work was commissioned by the SAMRO Foundation, and will be published by Composers Edition in due course.

Harriet Mackenzie recording with English Symphony Orchestra for Nimbus

Later this month, Harriet Mackenzie (violin) will record a set of contemporary violin concertos, including my "An Eventful Morning Near East London" with the English Symphony Orchestra conducted by their Principal Conductor, Kenneth Woods. The CD will also include music by Deborah Pritchard, David Matthews and Paul Patterson, with Philippa Mo - Harriet's partner in violin duo Retorica - joining Harriet for Patterson's double concerto "Allusions".

Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival

I have been commissioned by the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival 2017 to write a substantial work for performance in July. The festival is based at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and has been running since 2004. It combines performances by an array of excellent international chamber musicians with chamber coaching and orchestral training by the visiting performers.