Philip Venables

A short introduction video

23 January 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…

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Two-part interview with Will Davenport / ConnectsMusic

6 August 2022

I was delighted to speak to Will Davenport earlier this year about my work in the context of LGBTQI+ issues, particularly focussing on my operas and my work with David Hoyle. This two-part interview features on the ConnectsMusic platform as…

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‘Answer Machine Tape, 1987’ premiere, Time of Music

30 June 2022

Answer Machine Tape, 1987 — a new work for piano and multimedia — has its first performance on 8th July 2022 at Time of Music Festival (Musiikin Aika) in Viitasaari, Finland, given by Zubin Kanga. The festival is programming a…

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Denis & Katya revival next season in Hannover

30 May 2022

Denis & Katya was given its german premiere in Hannover this season on 26th Feburary, and a revival has just been announced in the 22—23 Season of the Niedersächsische Staatsoper Hannover. The Staatsoper Hannover commissioned a german language version of…

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Conducting debut with London Sinfonietta in the New Music Biennial

26 April 2022

Photo above: Jamie Gray / New Music Biennial. I picked up a baton again this weekend for the first time in 15 years. Having spent a lot of time as a student conducting my own ensembles or youth orchestras around…

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Denis & Katya announced at Finnish National Opera

31 March 2022

Opera Company Taite, Finnish National Opera and Musica Nova Helsinki have just announced their co-production of Denis & Katya on 8th, 10th, & 11th March 2023 at the Arminsali at Finnish National Opera, Helsinki. Opera Company Taite is making a new version…

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Press images of Denis & Katya in Hannover by Clemens Heidrich

18 March 2022

Some production images from the Staatsoper Hannover production of Denis & Katya, February 2022, at Ballhof Eins in Hannover. The singers were Weronika Rabek and Darwin Prakash, with cellists Reynard Rott, Gottfried Roßner, Clara Berger, Marion Zander, Killian Fröhlich and Gonçalo…

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5 stars for Denis & Katya in Amsterdam

15 March 2022

The Dutch premiere of Denis & Katya took place on Friday at Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, as part of the Opera Forward Festival. It was performed by Inna Demenkova and Michael Wilmering, with cellists of the Residentie Orkest The…

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Illusions at New Music Biennial 2022

1 March 2022

Illusions — my collaboration with performance artist David Hoyle — will feature in this year’s New Music Biennial retrospective at Coventry City of Culture and London’s Southbank Centre. This year’s Biennial not only features ten new works as usual, but…

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Pittsburgh Opera announces Denis & Katya in 2023

10 February 2022

Pittsburgh Opera has just announced its 2022/23 Season, including performances of Denis & Katya on 6th, 9th, 12th, 14th, & 20th May 2023. They will be performing the Opera Philadelphia premiere production that we made in September 2019, with direction…

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Press images of 4.48 Psychosis in Paris by Quentin Chevrier

2 January 2022

Some production images from the Ensemble Intercontemporain concert performance of 4.48 Psychosis, December 2021, at the Philharmonie de Paris as part of the portrait of my work in the Festival d’Automne à Paris. The ensemble was conducted by Matthias Pintscher, the…

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Reviews of 4.48 Psychosis with Intercontemporain / Pintscher

22 December 2021

The Festival d’Automne à Paris and Ensemble Intercontemporain gave a concert performance of 4.48 Psychosis on 16th December 2021. The concert was part of the Festival feature about my work, and took place in the Cité de la Musique in…

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Interview / Trailer video for 4.48 Psychosis

9 December 2021

The Philharmonie de Paris have just released this trailer video in advance of the concert performance of 4.48 Psychosis there on Thursday 16th December with Ensemble Intercontemporain, in a co-production with the Festival d’Automne à Paris. The 9-minute video features…

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Tempo: interaction between music and text in 4.48 Psychosis

20 October 2021

An article about 4.48 Psychosis has just been published in the Tempo journal of new music, written by Tom Crathorne, about the interaction between music and libretto. The full article is available here. This is the abstract: The success of…

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‘My Favourite Piece…’ at Transit Festival, Leuven

13 October 2021

Andreas Borregaard will perform My Favourite Piece is the Goldberg Variations at the Transit Festival in Leuven. The strapline of the festival is “The Sound of Tomorrow”. Ted Huffman and I made this piece with Andreas during the lockdown, and…

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numbers 81–85; numbers 96–100

8 October 2021

This is the catalogue page for numbers 81–85 and numbers 96–100 (published together). numbers 81–85 and numbers 96–100  were commissioned by the Festival d’Automne à Paris, Musica, festival international des musiques d’aujourd’hui de Strasbourg and Collectif Lovemusic. The first performance…

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Venables plays Bach

8 October 2021

This is the catalogue page for Venables plays Bach. Venables plays Bach is a 42-channel looping sound installation commissioned by Festival d’Automne à Paris for their 2021 Festival, installed in l’Église de Saint Eustache. My introduction Twenty-five years ago, I…

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The live Organ component of ‘Venables plays Bach’

4 October 2021

This post accompanies the programme booklet for Venables plays Bach, a 42-channel sound installation in l’Église de Saint Eustache, Paris, as part of the Festival d’Automne à Paris. The installation can be heard each day between 2.30–5.30pm, 7th to 16th…

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Press photos of Denis & Katya in Montpellier by Marc Ginot

10 September 2021

Some production images from the Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier production of Denis & Katya, July 2021. Directed by Ted Huffman, design and lighting by Andrew Lieberman, video by Pierre Martin, music direction by Tim Anderson, sound by Max Hunter….

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A Photograph released on Hermes Experiment Album

2 September 2021

A Photograph — a little piece I wrote last year for the Hermes Experiment with playwright Cordelia Lynn — will be appear on the group’s forthcoming album, SONG. The album is on Delphian Records, and will be released on 22nd…

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Denis & Katya announced at Dutch National Opera / Opera Forward Festival

31 August 2021

Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam have announced that they will make a new production of Denis & Katya in the Opera Forward Festival 2022. The Festival features a range of new operatic each year in March in a range of…

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