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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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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Bound to Hurt press reviews

5 July 2016

Here’s a selection of press reviews for Bound to Hurt, a music theatre collaboration with Douglas Gordon and Ruth Rosenfeld, which played in Hamburg, Berlin and Basel in 2015/16.  I’ve given a rough translation of the excerpts. Nachtkritik Die Popsongs…

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Associate of the Royal Academy of Music

8 March 2016

The Royal Academy of Music has just announced their Honours List for 2016, and I’m delighted to say I will be made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.  The ceremony with be in May, and they will also…

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Video of numbers 76-80: tristan und isolde, from LSO St Luke’s

25 February 2016

Text: Simon Howard Ligeti String Quartet Voices: Natalie Raybould, Lewis Bretherton, George Chambers, Ashley Mercer Recorded at LSO St Luke’s, 29th June 2013. Recording produced by Andrew Morgan Video by Mark Hermida With thanks to LSO St Luke’s, the Esmee…

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Dutch Courage released on NMC

18 February 2016

Dutch Courage, my piece for amateur ensemble, has just been released by NMC.  The new disc is called Open Score and it is a collaboration with Contemporary Music for Amateurs (CoMA), for whom I wrote Dutch Courage when I was a student at the…

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Bound to Hurt at Art Basel

27 January 2016

Bound to Hurt is up on the Theater Basel website now, although tickets will only be on sale in May.  However, the performance dates will be 15, 16, 17, 18 June 2016, as part of the Theater Basel season and…

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New Music Biennial 2017

20 January 2016

Illusions, my collaboration with David Hoyle and the London Sinfonietta, has been selected for the New Music Biennial in 2017.   That means that we will revive the work and hopefully recalibrate it for the political events of that year, and…

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Video of Numbers 91-95 from LSO St Luke’s

25 July 2015

Score and more info here This recording was made at LSO St Luke’s on 29th June 2013.  It will be released on my solo album in 2018. Text: Simon Howard Speaker: Nick Blackburn Flute: Katie Bicknell Harp: Olivia Jaguers Woodblock: Matthew…

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Illusions – collaboration with David Hoyle

11 May 2015

I’m delighted to have been able to contribute to the London Sinfonietta‘s Notes to the New Government on Saturday at the Southbank Centre.  David Hoyle and I worked on an ‘in-yer-face’ piece called Illusions which was based on the message: democracy is an…

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Video of The Revenge of Miguel Cotto, LSO St Luke’s

20 March 2015

Score and more info here The Revenge of Miguel Cotto Music: Philip Venables Text: Steven J Fowler Conductor: Richard Baker Voices: Leigh Melrose, Dario Dugandzic Violins: Ashot Sarkissjan, Ciaran McCabe, James Widden Accordion: Ian Watson Trombones: Graham Lee, Lee Boorer,…

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Video of Numbers 91-95 at the Guildhall

22 December 2014

Numbers 91-95 by Philip Venables (music/concept) and Simon Howard (text) Performed by students at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama: Alex Knox (speaker), Jack Welch (flute), Caolan Walpot (harp), Sam Wilson (woodblock). 4th December 2014.  

Philip to write new opera for Royal Opera House

25 August 2013

From GSMD Press release: Philip Venables to research and write major work for performance at the ROH Linbury Studio Theatre in 2016. The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in association with the Royal Opera House recently announced composer Philip as the first Doctoral…

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