Philip Venables

Conducting debut with London Sinfonietta at Coventry City of Culture

26 April 2022 - news

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 West London, it wasn’t something I continued to pursue whilst I was focussed on composition. It was a joy to come back to conducting in these performances of Illusions with the London Sinfonietta in the first leg of the PRS Foundation and Southbank Centre‚Äôs New Music Biennial as part of the Coventry City of Culture.

Illusions (my video+ensemble piece with David Hoyle) was selected as part of the celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the New Music Biennial, among 10 pieces from previous years, forming a retrospective alongside the 10 new pieces this year. I’m delighted about this selection, and also that the Sinfonietta generously allowed me to onto the podium. We will be doing the whole thing again for the London leg of the Biennial, on 3rd July at 7.30pm at London’s Southbank Centre. Free tickets can be booked here, or you can catch it on BBC Radio 3 or NMC’s re-release bundle for the NMB.

Photos: Jamie Gray.

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