News: 2006

Cabaret du Néant

My piece, Four Colonisations, will be played at this event:

Decadence, squalor, derangement and nihilism proliferate as Art is ambushed by urbanized, industrial society, causing composers to turn to social commentary.


A night of desperate satire, sensuous whimsy and bitter irony with Pulse, presenting songs, chansons, lieder and schläger by Satie, Schoenberg, Eisler, Weill, Cage, Hannan, Fokkens and Crane.


Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London (nearest Tube: Archway)

Friday 8 December at 8pm

Tickets £10/£5

Box Office 07812 197843

Kosmos collaboration

uMadosini, umama wam (Madosini, my mother), a collaborative piece devised with the fabulous Kosmos - Harriet Mackenzie, Meg Hamilton and Laura Anstee - will be performed alongside their own arrangements and improvisations inspired by contemporary, Gypsy, Greek, Klezmer and Balkan music.

Riverhouse Barn, Manor Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey

20 September 2006 at 1.10pm


New piece for quarter-tone alto flute and cello

Rarescale (Carla Rees – alto flute/flute, Rosie Banks, cello, David Black, guitar and Kerry Yong, piano) perform Tracing Lines, written for this concert, which also includes music by Nicholas Sackman, David Bennett Thomas, Tamar Diesendruck, Timothy Salter and Karen Gourlay.

St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch High Street, London

1 July 2006 at 7:30pm

Portrait Concert: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton

The Farrington Ensemble, Oliver Coates and Sarah Dacey perform four chamber pieces (Running Out, Four Colonisations, On Disruption and Displacement, and Irreconcilable Truths) in a lunchtime recital as part of the University of Southampton’s LASS Conference 2006 titled Researching in a Multicultural World.

Titled Rupture and reconciliation: A post-colonial subject composes himself, the concert will take place at the Turner Sims Concert Hall at 12:50 on 10 May 2006.

Review: Fresh Young Musicians’ Platform, Purcell Room

Harriet Mackenzie - violin, Timothy Murray - conductor, New Professionals Orchestra (An Eventful Morning)

The Times 05.05.2006 (Richard Morrison)

Fokkens has his own engaging quirkiness, and this short, two-movement work always gripped the ear. Tiny melodic motifs are constantly developed by the soloist, as intriguing orchestral textures rise or fall beneath. The music never settles in metre and style, though some frenetic, Turnage-style big-band riffs and blaring brass refrains of what sound like the Dies Irae theme increasingly dominate. It was all impeccably prepared. I’d like to hear it again.

Violin Concerto

Harriet Mackenzie with Yue Shen and the New Professionals Orchestra conducted by Tim Murray perform An Eventful Morning Near East London, my violin concerto (for violin and chamber orchestra).

Programme also includes works by Bax, Kagel, Macmillan and Schoenfield

Purcell Room, London

 3 May 2006 at 19:45