Philip Venables

The Gender Agenda reopening the Queen Elizabeth Hall

1 August 2017

I’ll be writing a big audience-interactive piece for four european ensembles: The London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Remix Ensemble and Asko Schoenberg.  This will premiere in London, Frankfurt, Porto and Amsterdam through 2018, beginning with the reopening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall…

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Laura sings Olkahoma! at Manchester Opera Project

20 July 2017

My ongoing collaboration with performer and composer Laura Bowler and director Patrick Eakin Young is being shown as a ‘work in progress’ at Manchester Opera Project on 27th July at Halle St Peter’s in Manchester. This project has been developed…

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Installation on Canal Street in Manchester International Festival

20 July 2017

My collaboration with David Hoyle for Manchester International Festival played every hour of every day on Canal Street through the whole of MIF 2017 – a total of 204 plays!  It was recorded with the brass of Manchester Camerata and…

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Illusions at Hull City of Culture and Royal Festival Hall

20 July 2017

Illusions, my collaboration with performance artist David Hoyle, was premiered in its new extended version at Hull 2017 City of Culture on 2nd July as part of the PRS Foundation New Music Biennial.  The following week it was performed at…

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South Bank Sky Arts Award nomination

12 June 2017

4.48 Psychosis has been shortlisted for the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best Opera 2017.  The awards ceremony is on 9th July at the Savoy Hotel in London, and covers all art forms from opera, dance, classical music, theatre, literature,…

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RPS Composition Award for 4.48 Psychosis

23 May 2017

I’m delighted to announce that I won the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Large Scale Composition for 4.48 Psychosis.  The award ceremony took place at The Brewery Hotel in London, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  The award was one of…

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Ricordi signs Philip Venables

5 April 2017

I have just signed an exclusive publishing contract with Ricordi London / Universal Music.  They will publish some existing works such as 4.48 Psychosis, The Revenge of Miguel Cotto and numbers 76–80: tristan und isolde, and my future works for the next three years….

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4.48 Psychosis shortlisted for two RPS Awards

4 April 2017

4.48 Psychosis has been shortlisted in two categories for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards 2017.  The opera was nominate for the Large-Scale Composition award and the Opera & Music Theatre award.  Both shortlists, and the rest of the nominees, are quite a formidable…

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Music for a Busy City, MIF2017

9 March 2017

Manchester International Festival 2017 was launched today, including the Music for a Busy City.  This project takes six composers out of the concert hall and into the city of Manchester, making music for public spaces through which people pass every day.  I will…

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Olivier Award nomination for 4.48 Psychosis

6 March 2017

4.48 Psychosis has been nominated for an Olivier Award, in the category Best New Opera Production.   The award ceremony is at the Royal Albert Hall on 9th April, and we are up against Akhnaten (ENO), Cosi Fan Tutte (ROH) and…

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Composers’ Fund Award

26 January 2017

I’m delighted to announce that I have been awarded a grant from the Composers’ Fund, supported by the PRS for Music Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, if you want to know more of the foundation go to this website….

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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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British Composer Showcase, Porto

17 January 2017

I’ll be taking part in the British Composers Showcase at the Casa da Musica in Porto from 20–22 January 2017.  The event is organised by the British Council and will be attended by European new music promoters and funders, Karen…

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Residency at MacDowell Colony, USA

28 December 2016

I will be taking up a three-week residency at MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, USA, in May 2017. I’m delighted to have a place at this prestigious colony, America’s oldest, to work with Director Ted Huffman on an exciting new music…

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Aldeburgh Music Residency

15 November 2016

We’ve just returned from a wonderful week working in the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings with Aldeburgh Music.  I was there as part of the Size Zero Opera team, including singer and composer Laura Bowler and stage director Patrick Eakin…

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The Revenge of Miguel Cotto at MATA Festival, NYC

4 November 2016

The Revenge of Miguel Cotto has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 MATA Festival in New York City. The festival will take place in April, and the performance will be the American premiere of the piece. More details to follow.

4.48 Psychosis wins UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Opera

11 October 2016

I’m delighted to say that we have just won the award for Achievement in Opera at the UK Theatre Awards 2016.   The Royal Opera and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, in association with the Lyric Hammersmith, were nominated…

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PRSF Funding for new opera project

7 July 2016

I’m delighted to announce that, thanks to the incredible Laura Bowler, the PRS for Music Foundation have awarded us a substantial grant for our new verbatim opera project.   Laura is a vocal performer and founder and Artistic Director of Size Zero…

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Introduction to my work and 4.48 Psychosis by John Fallas

6 July 2016

Here’s a copy of the introductory essay to my work that John Fallas very beautifully wrote as an introduction to 4.48 Psychosis.  It was commissioned by the Royal Opera for the 4.48 Psychosis programme booklet. A new kind of opera John Fallas Where…

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Stellar reviews for 4.48 Psychosis with the Royal Opera

6 July 2016

The critics’ response to the world premiere of 4.48 Psychosis has been incredible. 4.48 Psychosis is my first finished opera, produced by the Royal Opera at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith in April and May 2016. Here are some excerpts from the…

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