Last week I was lucky enough to be able to workshop the first draft of my BBC commission for my band and the BBC Concert Orchestra… With conductor Clark Rundell guiding me through, giving me invaluable insights! Here are a few photos:
The piece is called ‘The Fox, The Parakeet & The Chestnut’ and is dedicated to the inhabitants of Blythe Hill Fields.
It has been a thrill and a challenge programming for Emulsion III, finding contemporary music which sits perfectly with contemporary jazz and draws audiences into listening to contemporary music and jazz in a fresh way. At the heart of the Ensemble Amorpha set and pop-ups are energetic and colourful pieces by established figures of the contemporary music scene, these include works by; Saariaho, Berio, Sokolovic, Holliger, Lucier and Britten. Alongside these core works are new commissions from Emulsion I and II by Trish Clowes and Chris Mayo. As an extra oddity I have programmed my own piece Light Blinks with Torches, which is an intimate musical/visual work involving clarinet, sax and a bucket of torches.
On February 28th we enjoyed our final Emulsion development day at The Premises Studios with Tangent, Ensemble Amorpha and Food (Iain Ballamy & Thomas Strønen). We spent the day exchanging ideas and trying out new music for the Emulsion III festival in May, in particular a new piece by Calum Gourlay, some ideas I’m preparing for my piece for the Emulsion Sinfonietta and a piece by Iain Ballamy.
The Jerwood Charitable Foundation have very generously supported us over the last year or so, and will continue to do so in the lead up to and throughout our 2 night festival.