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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.