A Photograph released on Hermes Experiment Album

September 2, 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

August 31, 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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Venables plays Bach announced at Festival d’Automne à Paris

August 12, 2021

I will be making a brand new 42-speaker sound installation at the Church of Saint Eustache in Paris as part of this years Festival d’Automne à Paris. The installation, Venables plays Bach, explores my relationship with J.S. Bach’s Little Prelude…

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Excellent Reviews for Denis & Katya in Montpellier

August 6, 2021

Denis & Katya made its french premiere a few weeks ago in a new french-language version at the Opéra National Montpellier. The production featured soprano Chloé Briot and baritone Elliot Madore, and cellists from the Orchestre National Montpellier. Ted Huffman…

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Two mini-documentaries about Denis & Katya in Montpellier

July 20, 2021

Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier have made two little videos taking a peek behind the scenes of the production of Denis & Katya. Episode 1 features interviews with me and Ted about the show (mostly in english) and Episode 2 features…

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4.48 Psychosis announced at Philharmonie de Paris / Festival d’Automne with Ensemble Intercontemporain

July 5, 2021

4.48 Psychosis will be performed in concert by Ensemble Intercontemporain on 16th December 2021 in the Cité de la Musique at the Philharmonie de Paris, as part of the feature on my work in the Festival d’Automne 2021. The performance…

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Denis & Katya announced in Hannover

June 30, 2021

The German premiere of Denis & Katya has been announced for the 21—22 Season of the Niedersächsische Staatsoper Hannover. The theatre has commissioned a german language version of the opera, which has been translated by director and librettist Robert Lehmeier….

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Portrait concerts at Musica Festival and Festival d’Automne announced

June 30, 2021

Musica Festival in Strasbourg has just announced its 2021 programme, and I’m delighted to say there will be a portrait concert of my work in the festival on 1st October. The concert will be performed by Lovemusic, with guest artists…

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New dates and cast for Denis & Katya in Montpellier

June 30, 2021

The performances of Denis & Katya in Montpellier have been postponed due to Covid-19. The opera will now take place on the main stage of the Opéra Comédie on 26th, 28th and 29th July. Tickets are available here. The performances…

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My Favourite Piece is the Goldberg Variations

February 24, 2021

For the last year I have been collaborating with Ted Huffman and the accordionist Andreas Borregaard on a new piece. This has now come to fruition, and was premiered (virtually) at the Borealis Festival in Bergen on 20th March 2021,…

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Denis & Katya wins Ivor Novello Award

December 16, 2020

I am delighted to say that I have won an Ivor Novello Award for Denis & Katya in the Stage Works category of the 2020 Ivors Composers Awards. The awards ceremony was not a public event this year, due to…

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‘A Photograph’ premieres at Oxford Lieder Festival

October 18, 2020

The outstanding contemporary music specialists, The Hermes Experiment, recently gave the world premiere of A Photograph, a new song that I wrote for them over the summer in collaboration with playwright Cordelia Lynn. The song was commissioned by Oxford Lieder…

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Reviews for MTW tour of Denis & Katya

March 15, 2020

Music Theatre Wales tour of Denis & Katya is now complete. The show went to Newport, Mold and Aberystwyth in Wales, followed by two nights at the Purcell Room in the Southbank Centre, London. Unfortunately the scheduled performance in Cardiff…

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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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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.    

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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BBC Radio 3, In Tune, with Phoenix Piano Trio

June 7, 2011

Wonderful news: one of the movements (the Scherzo) from my new piano trio, Klaviertrio im Geiste, will be performed live on BBC Radio 3 on Friday afternoon, 10th June, from about 4.45pm.  It’ll be performed by the Phoenix Piano Trio as part…

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‘FLIPP’ premiere. Unerhörte Musik, Berlin.

June 6, 2011

  Well – a few weeks ago I went along to the premiere at Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, of my new short saxophone duo, Flipp, which I wrote for Christoph Enzel and Adrian Tully.  I have to say that the…

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