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4.48 Psychosis nominated for UK Theatre Award

September 16, 2016

My opera 4.48 Psychosis has been nominated and shortlisted for an Evening Standard UK Theatre Award, for Achievement in Opera.  It’s such an honour to have the work recognised in theatre awards.  Fingers crossed for the awards ceremony on 9th October.  What a fabulous reflection on the whole team that made the opera… particularly the amazing Ted Huffman,…

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Bound to Hurt press reviews

July 25, 2016

Here’s a selection of press reviews for Bound to Hurt, a music theatre collaboration with Douglas Gordon and Ruth Rosenfeld, which played in Hamburg, Berlin and Basel in 2015/16.  I’ve given a rough translation of the excerpts. Nachtkritik Die Popsongs erkennt nur, wer wirklich gut mit den englischen Texten und Melodien vertraut ist. Trotzdem, der…

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PRSF Funding for new opera project

July 7, 2016

I’m delighted to announce that, thanks to the incredible Laura Bowler, the PRS for Music Foundation have awarded us a substantial grant for our new verbatim opera project.   Laura is a vocal performer and founder and Artistic Director of Size Zero Opera, a company specialising in the creation and performance of contemporary opera with emerging opera…

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4.48 Psychosis, ROH / Lyric Hammersmith

Images of 4.48 Psychosis / Royal Opera

July 7, 2016

Some production images from the Royal Opera production of 4.48 Psychosis.  All images taken by Stephen Cummiskey  © Royal Opera House.

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Introduction to my work and 4.48 Psychosis by John Fallas

July 6, 2016

Here’s a copy of the introductory essay to my work that John Fallas very beautifully wrote as an introduction to 4.48 Psychosis.  It was commissioned by the Royal Opera for the 4.48 Psychosis programme booklet. A new kind of opera John Fallas Where does a composer begin, when planning a piece of music? With notes, one might imagine…

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4.48 Psychosis
ROH / Lyric Hammersmith 

Co-commission with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Music
    Philip Venables
Director
    Ted Huffman
Designer
    Hannah Clark
Lighting designer
    D.M. Wood
Video designer
    Pierre Martin
Sound design
    Sound Intermedia
Movement director
    Sarah Fahie

Stellar reviews for 4.48 Psychosis

July 6, 2016

The response to 4.48 Psychosis has been incredible. Here are some excerpts from them: The Independent.  ★★★★★ “Where this first-ever operatic setting by Royal Opera House Guildhall composer-in-residence Philip Venables succeeds is through simple honesty. With a score ranging guilelessly from motoric arrhythmia to wispy renaissance, director Ted Huffman and team attempt neither dramatic adornment…

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Video of Socialist Realism

April 28, 2016

  Socialist Realism is a project based on poetry by Sean Bonney protesting the capitalist ruination of London by David Cameron and Boris Johnson. We got together a Sprechchor of members of the public and worked with them over 5 months to devise and prepare material for this performance, joined by violinist Ashot Sarkissjan. Performed live…

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Associate of the Royal Academy of Music

March 8, 2016

The Royal Academy of Music has just announced their Honours List for 2016, and I’m delighted to say I will be made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.  The ceremony with be in May, and they will also be giving Honours to György Pauk, Tasmin Little and Trevor Pinnock, and to many of my…

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Video of numbers 76-80: tristan und isolde, from LSO St Luke’s

February 25, 2016

Text: Simon Howard Ligeti String Quartet Voices: Natalie Raybould, Lewis Bretherton, George Chambers, Ashley Mercer Recorded at LSO St Luke’s, 29th June 2013. Recording produced by Andrew Morgan Video by Mark Hermida With thanks to LSO St Luke’s, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the Arts Council of England.

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Dutch Courage released on NMC

February 18, 2016

Dutch Courage, my piece for amateur ensemble, has just been released by NMC.  The new disc is called Open Score and it is a collaboration with Contemporary Music for Amateurs (CoMA), for whom I wrote Dutch Courage when I was a student at the Royal Academy of Music in 2004.  The title of the disc refers to the fact…

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Bound to Hurt at Art Basel

January 27, 2016

Bound to Hurt is up on the Theater Basel website now, although tickets will only be on sale in May.  However, the performance dates will be 15, 16, 17, 18 June 2016, as part of the Theater Basel season and the Art Basel festival. There’s a Bayern2 Radio review here (in german) from the premiere…

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New Music Biennial 2017

New Music Biennial 2017

January 20, 2016

Illusions, my collaboration with David Hoyle and the London Sinfonietta, has been selected for the New Music Biennial in 2017.   That means that we will revive the work and hopefully recalibrate it for the political events of that year, and that it will be performed a number of times through 2017, culminating in performances in…

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Tickets on sale for 4.48 Psychosis

October 27, 2015

Tickets have just gone on sale for 4.48 Psychosis with the Royal Opera, at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith.  The performances are 24th – 28th May 2016.  Tickets are selling fast, especially via the ROH.  Here are the booking links: Lyric Theatre Booking ROH Booking    

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Monopol Magazine review

October 12, 2015

Bound to Hurt has now finished up in Berlin – what a whirlwind week, and huge thanks to Hebbel am Ufer Theater.  We’ve had a great review of the piece in the german arts magazine Monopol.  Here’s a particular snippet about the music: Die ungeheure Spannung, die ihr Körper ausstrahlt, kulminiert in einer Art Wahnsinn, der unterstrichen…

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‘Illusions’ with David Hoyle

September 20, 2015

  Illusions – Philip  Venables & David Hoyle Performed by London Sinfonietta, cond. Andrew Gourlay, sound by Sound Intermedia. Video by Philip Venables. Live performance was two days after the UK General Election 2015, as a post-election “party political broadcast”, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, 9th May 2015. Thanks so Lee Baxter,…

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Video of Numbers 91-95 from LSO St Luke’s

July 25, 2015

Score and more info here This recording was made at LSO St Luke’s on 29th June 2013.  It will be released on my solo album in 2018. Text: Simon Howard Speaker: Nick Blackburn Flute: Katie Bicknell Harp: Olivia Jaguers Woodblock: Matthew West Recording produced by Andrew Morgan Video by Mark Hermida With thanks to LSO St…

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Illusions – collaboration with David Hoyle

May 11, 2015

I’m delighted to have been able to contribute to the London Sinfonietta‘s Notes to the New Government on Saturday at the Southbank Centre.  David Hoyle and I worked on a in-yer-face piece called Illusions which was based on the message: democracy is an illusion; gender is an illusion.  I made a video piece from a large amount of…

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Video of The Revenge of Miguel Cotto, LSO St Luke’s

March 20, 2015

Score and more info here The Revenge of Miguel Cotto Music: Philip Venables Text: Steven J Fowler Conductor: Richard Baker Voices: Leigh Melrose, Dario Dugandzic Violins: Ashot Sarkissjan, Ciaran McCabe, James Widden Accordion: Ian Watson Trombones: Graham Lee, Lee Boorer, Simon Baker Punchbags: Matthew West, Oliver Lowe. Recorded at LSO St Luke’s, 29th June 2013….

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Video of Numbers 91-95 at the Guildhall

December 22, 2014

Numbers 91-95 by Philip Venables (music/concept) and Simon Howard (text) Performed by students at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama: Alex Knox (speaker), Jack Welch (flute), Caolan Walpot (harp), Sam Wilson (woodblock). 4th December 2014.  

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Philip to write new opera for Royal Opera House

August 25, 2013

From GSMD Press release: Philip Venables to research and write major work for performance at the ROH Linbury Studio Theatre in 2016. The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in association with the Royal Opera House recently announced composer Philip as the first Doctoral Composer-in-Residence starting in September 2013. This collaboration between the Royal Opera House and the Guildhall…

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Portrait Concert / 30 June / St Luke’s

May 10, 2013

Fight music The first ever portrait concert of my work will be at LSO St Luke’s in London on 30th June 2013. The concert features five recent pieces from the last few years, performed in the concert by the Ligeti Quartet, Ashot Sarkissjan, The Warehouse Ensemble, Melinda Maxwell, Leigh Melrose, Richard Baker and The London…

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Video of Klaviertrio im Geiste, Oxford

February 12, 2013

Score and more info here performed by the Phoenix Piano Trio at Oxford Lieder Festival, Holywell Music Room, Oxford, UK. on 20th October 2012. Klaviertrio im Geiste is based on the second movement of Beethoven’s Ghost Trio (Piano Trio No. 5, Op.70/1). If you listen to both pieces side by side you can hear the…

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Klaviertrio im Geiste (middle bit)

February 12, 2013

  performed by the Phoenix Piano Trio at Oxford Lieder Festival, Holywell Music Room, Oxford, UK. on 20th October 2012. Klaviertrio im Geiste is based on the second movement of Beethoven’s Ghost Trio (Piano Trio No. 5, Op.70/1). This is the third movement (Scherzo).

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Video of Numbers 76–80 : tristan und isolde from Southbank Centre

November 13, 2012

Score and more info here Endymion and EXAUDI perform “numbers 76-80 : tristan und isolde” at the Southbank Centre on Monday 19th September 2011, conducted by James Weeks. The text is by Simon Howard. The piece was commissioned by Endymion and EXAUDI for their Music for People project, with funds provided by the RVW Trust,…

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Reciprocal Space

Reciprocal Space (video)

October 30, 2012

Exploration of reciprocal space using glass sculpture and sound installation Crystallographer Brian Sutton Glass Sculpture and Video: Shelley James Music: Orã (extract) Philip Venables Performed by: BBC Symphony Orchestra

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The Revenge of Miguel Cotto (video)

October 29, 2012

A performance piece about a true story of revenge and honour between boxers Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito. Music: Philip Venables Text: Stephen J. Fowler Performed by: the London Sinfonietta Location: Village Underground Date: May 2012

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UNLEASHED preview

July 17, 2012

…almost at a pace that I can’t keep up.  I have never composed so much in so little time in all my life.  It’s very exciting.  The music is so far working out to be very text-led.  The players and singer have to follow the pace and rhythm of spoken text, rather than the more…

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UNLEASHED cast announced, tickets go on sale

June 27, 2012

We had a loooooooong day of auditions on Friday, but Nick Blackburn, the director of UNLEASHED, and I heard from great singing, saw some great acting, and most of all heard some pretty eye-opening stories.  We’re delighted to say we’ve now got our cast: Kris Belligh will be singing the role of Male 1 and…

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The Revenge of Miguel Cotto preview

May 30, 2012

The preview version of The Revenge of Miguel Cotto was premiered on 16th May at Village Underground in Shoreditch, London.  What a great evening!  The London Sinfonietta were performing, conducted by Richard Baker, with vocalists Leigh Melrose and Alexander Robin Baker.  I’ll post a video of the performance shortly. The Revenge of Miguel Cotto is…

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Flipp (audio)

April 22, 2012

Flipp, for two saxophones (2011) by philipvenables Year: 2011 Duration: 3 minutes Orchestration: two of the same saxophones Flipp was first performed on 24th May 2011 at BKA Theater, Berlin, Adrian Tully and Christoph Enzel, as part of the Unerhörte Musik series.