Philip Venables

Below the Belt one of BBC Music Magazine’s ’30 must-have albums’

30 September 2022

BBC Music Magazine is celebrating its 30th Birthday this year, and as part of the celebrations they have chosen Below The Belt as one of their 30 “Must-Have Albums of our Lifetime”. In the week when the UK’s financial and…

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Answer Machine Tape, 1987

25 September 2022

Photo of Zubin Kanga by Eeli Järvinen, taken at the premiere at Time of Music, Viitasaari. This is the catalogue page for Answer Machine Tape, 1987. Answer Machine Tape, 1987 after David Wojnarowicz  Answer Machine Tape, 1987 is dedicated to…

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Naomo Pinnetuo

25 September 2022

This is the catalogue page for Naomo Pinnetuo Naomo Pinnetuo was written for the Royal Academy of Music. as a gift on their 200th Birthday. It is dedicated to Naomi Pinnock and the Royal Academy of Music. The first performance will…

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More dates announced for ‘Answer Machine Tape, 1987’

14 September 2022

Answer Machine Tape, 1987, my a new work for piano and multimedia, has more performances announced this autumn. Zubin Kanga, who commissioned the piece, will perform the work at the following places: 12th November 2022 — House73 Courtroom in ‘s-Hertogenbosch,…

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4.48 Psychose revival at the Semperoper Dresden

14 September 2022

The Semperoper in Dresden has announced a third run of performances of 4.48 Psychose, postponed from 2021.  The opera had its german premiere run at Semper Zwei in April/May 2018, with sold-out performances.  The dates next season will be 16,…

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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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