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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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,…

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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…

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“Signals” feat. “Metamor – phoses after Britten”

October 12, 2011

I just received a copy of the Signals volume of new music for oboe.  It looks great!  It features my Metamorphoses after Britten in it, and I also designed the snazzy front cover!  (not bright pink, this time..) The volume was…

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Wonderful reviews of numbers 76-80 : tristan und isolde

October 7, 2011

numbers 76-80 : tristan und isolde was performed brilliantly by EXAUDI and Endymion under the direction of James Weeks on Monday 19th September.  I was really delighted, and the Purcell Room at Southbank was pretty busy too. There was a wonderful…

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Contrasts in Space // video: Sebastian Schmidt

Contrasts in Space

October 7, 2011

So – very busy at the moment with a number of big projects that I’ll be telling you about in the next few weeks, hopefully. But this week I’ve been working on a short instrumental + tape piece to accompany…

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CONTACT dance-floor up and running!

September 8, 2011

What an exhausting but wonderful week of hard work.  We started on Monday morning, when I got off the plane from Berlin and went straight to Kings Place to start constructing the touch-sensitive dancefloor that I designed specially for the…

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…dark and violent, and so so gay.

August 26, 2011

Last week’s performance of Fuck Forever was reviewed by www.sosogay.com. “There were some really great little works in among the chaff….. Philip Venables’ Fuck Forever managed to tease out a dark and violent portrait of sexual desire.” Definitely a line I will…

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Building the Junk Band

August 4, 2011

Here’s a video from a while ago that I hadn’t posted on this site.  Its Serge Vuille and I building the Junk Band in Kings Place for the Kings Place Festival 2010.  It took us good 5 hours to install…

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