News: 2016

Review in Opera Magazine

A review of Cape Town Opera's "Four:30 - Operas Made in South Africa" by Barry Smith has been published in Opera magazine's May 2016 edition. He has this to say about my opera "The Application":

"Robert Fokkens...produced a delightful setting of Laurence Allan's libretto for The Application. It contained plenty of wry humour, highlighting as it did the kind of frustrations that we have all experienced when dealing with officialdom...The score is well-constructed, containing finely-wrought sections for the excellent chorus (trained by Thuthuka Sibisi), and the whole was imaginatively directed by Geoffrey Hyland" 

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/ review

Writing on, Grant Chu Covell says of my debut chamber CD: "Looking back across the past few months, this disc was spun many more times than most. I have returned to this release to restore my faith in new music of this century on more than one occasion. It’s also excellently played and recorded, as we should expect from Metier"