A short introduction video

January 23, 2017

Here is a new short (seven minute) video about my work, which gives a brief introduction to what I’m interested in, along with excerpts of four recent works.  This video (in a slightly longer version) was first presented at the Casa da…

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Laura sings Olkahoma! at Manchester Opera Project

July 20, 2017

My ongoing collaboration with performer and composer Laura Bowler and director Patrick Eakin Young is being shown as a ‘work in progress’ at Manchester Opera Project on 27th July at Halle St Peter’s in Manchester.  This project has been developed…

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Installation on Canal Street in Manchester International Festival

July 20, 2017

My collaboration with David Hoyle for Manchester International Festival played every hour of every day on Canal Street through the whole of MIF 2017 – a total of 204 plays!  It was recorded with the brass of Manchester Camerata and…

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Illusions at Hull City of Culture and Royal Festival Hall

July 20, 2017

Illusions, my collaboration with performance artist David Hoyle, was premiered in its new extended version at Hull 2017 City of Culture on 2nd July as part of the PRS Foundation New Music Biennial.  The following week it was performed at…

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South Bank Sky Arts Award nomination

June 12, 2017

4.48 Psychosis has been shortlisted for the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best Opera 2017.  The awards ceremony is on 9th July at the Savoy Hotel in London, and covers all art forms from opera, dance, classical music, theatre, literature,…

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RPS Composition Award for 4.48 Psychosis

May 23, 2017

I’m delighted to announce that I won the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Large Scale Composition for 4.48 Psychosis.  The award ceremony took place at The Brewery Hotel in London, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  The award was one of…

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Ricordi signs Philip Venables

April 5, 2017

I have just signed an exclusive publishing contract with Ricordi London / Universal Music.  They will publish some existing works such as 4.48 Psychosis, The Revenge of Miguel Cotto and numbers 76–80: tristan und isolde, and my future works for the next three years….

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4.48 Psychosis shortlisted for two RPS Awards

April 4, 2017

4.48 Psychosis has been shortlisted in two categories for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards 2017.  The opera was nominate for the Large-Scale Composition award and the Opera & Music Theatre award.  Both shortlists, and the rest of the nominees, are quite a formidable…

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Music for a Busy City, MIF2017

March 9, 2017

Manchester International Festival 2017 was launched today, including the Music for a Busy City.  This project takes six composers out of the concert hall and into the city of Manchester, making music for public spaces through which people pass every day.  I will…

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Olivier Award nomination for 4.48 Psychosis

March 6, 2017

4.48 Psychosis has been nominated for an Olivier Award, in the category Best New Opera Production.   The award ceremony is at the Royal Albert Hall on 9th April, and we are up against Akhnaten (ENO), Cosi Fan Tutte (ROH) and…

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Composers’ Fund Award

January 26, 2017

I’m delighted to announce that I have been awarded a grant from the Composers’ Fund, supported by the PRS for Music Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.   This substantial award is to support research and development on compositional techniques…

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British Composer Showcase, Porto

January 17, 2017

I’ll be taking part in the British Composers Showcase at the Casa da Musica in Porto from 20–22 January 2017.  The event is organised by the British Council and will be attended by European new music promoters and funders, Karen…

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Residency at MacDowell Colony, USA

December 28, 2016

I will be taking up a three-week residency at MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, USA, in May 2017. I’m delighted to have a place at this prestigious colony, America’s oldest, to work with Director Ted Huffman on an exciting new music…

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Aldeburgh Music Residency

November 15, 2016

We’ve just returned from a wonderful week working in the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings with Aldeburgh Music.  I was there as part of the Size Zero Opera team, including singer and composer Laura Bowler and stage director Patrick Eakin…

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The Revenge of Miguel Cotto at MATA Festival, NYC

November 4, 2016

The Revenge of Miguel Cotto has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 MATA Festival in New York City. The festival will take place in April, and the performance will be the American premiere of the piece. More details to follow.

4.48 Psychosis wins UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Opera

October 11, 2016

I’m delighted to say that we have just won the award for Achievement in Opera at the UK Theatre Awards 2016.   The Royal Opera and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, in association with the Lyric Hammersmith, were nominated…

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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…

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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.

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…

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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…

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Bound to Hurt press reviews

July 5, 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…

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Video of Socialist Fucking Realism

April 28, 2016

  Socialist Fucking 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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”,…

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