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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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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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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Updates

May 10, 2015

I’m sorry I haven’t updated this site for a while.  I’ve been running around getting lots of exciting projects in order, and I promise I will post lots about them very soon and get this website back in shape!  Phil x

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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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Klaviertrio im Geiste

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). If you listen to both pieces side by side you can hear the connections between the second movement…

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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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Fuck Forever

November 8, 2012

Fuck Forever is an experiment in spoken word, first performed as part of Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival’s Six Word Opera Project. Location: Riverside Studios, London Date: August 2011

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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.

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Sketches for The Revenge of Miguel Cotto

March 7, 2012

The Revenge of Miguel Cotto, the work that Steve Fowler and I are working on for the London Sinfonietta Blue Touch Paper project, is going well.  The work is moving at a fast pace now, and I’m having some mentoring sessions with Olga Neuwirth and David Sawer as part of the project. The performance of…

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New blog-site for the UNLEASHED anti-opera project

February 10, 2012

We’ve just got together the new blog site for the UNLEASHED anti-opera project that I’m doing with director Nick Blackburn.  Check it out here….

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Music, Text and Violence (an interview)

February 10, 2012

A conversation with Theatre Director Nick Blackburn about my compositional approach.  

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Selected for Blue Touch Paper

January 10, 2012

I’m delighted to have been selected with poet Steven J Fowler for the London Sinfonietta’s new Blue Touch Paper scheme. We were selected in October for our project that is an immersive, 45-minute-long  semi-staged piece for ensemble, electronics and vocalists, about Boxing.  Steve is a really wonderful, critically-acclaimed and very prolific young British poet who…

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Contrasts in Space // video: Sebastian Schmidt

Contrasts in Space (video)

December 20, 2011

Contrasts in Space was screened at the British Film Institute on 1st December, alongside the premiere of my new soundtrack for it, featuring tape and live viola. Ensemble Amorpha were performing. Contrasts in Space is a black and white film by Sebastian Schmidt.  Here’s a video of the synced live sound recording from the performance with the…

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K, prelude to Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet (video)

November 29, 2011

K, a prelude to the Mozart Clarinet Quintet Performed by: Endymion Location: Kings Place Date: September 2010.    

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numbers 91–95 (video)

November 26, 2011

World premiere of Numbers 91-95 Music: Philip Venables Text: Simon Howard Performed by: Ensemble Adapter Location: Casino Baumgarten, Vienna (Wien Modern Festival) Date: 10th November 2011

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Shorts Amorpha at the BFI

November 25, 2011

I’m delighted to say I’ve written a short piece for viola and tape (or optional speaking chorus), as a new soundtrack to Sebastian Schmidt’s short film Contrasts in Space.  This will be performed by Ensemble Amorpha at the British Film Institute on 1st December in London, at an event called Shorts Amorpha. Here’s more info…

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