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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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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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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‘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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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…

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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,…

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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.  

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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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….

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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…

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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…

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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

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

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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Music, Text and Violence (an interview)

February 10, 2012

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

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…

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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.    

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

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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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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Fuck Forever, video from Tete-a-Tete festival

August 26, 2011

Fuck forever from Philip Venables on Vimeo. I’m delighted that my 3-minute Six Word Opera was premiered last week (11th and 12th August) at Riverside Studios in London, as part of the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival.  It was performed by the…

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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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Philip Venables (Bryan Watson) small

About me…

July 5, 2011

Filmed for the London Sinfonietta Blue Touch Paper Programme Date: June 2011