Royal Scottish National Orchestra announce new Composers Hub members

Five emerging UK composers have been selected to benefit from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's RSNO Composers' Hub, the third annual initiative to develop the talents of individuals in the early stages of their careers.

Anna Appleby, Daniel Figols-Cuevas, Neil Smith, Michael Cryne and Nick Morrish Rarity have been selected as the third group of participants of the scheme. They will be given the opportunity to write for the orchestra in a range of different contexts, develop skills and creative relationships, as well as acquire an understanding of the business of a major arts organisation.

The five composers will spend the 2017:18 Season with the RSNO and during their term each composer will write a ten-minute work for full symphony orchestra.  The scheme will culminate in a public workshop in the RSNO Centre's New Auditorium in Glasgow in April 2018, conducted by RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson and led by internationally-renowned composer Gary Carpenter, Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music London, from which one work will be chosen to be performed by the RSNO as part of its 2018:19 Season.

For more info see here

Carla Rees to give the London Premiere of In Cloud Light

Internationally renowned flautist Carla Rees will give the London premiere of my new work In Cloud Light for alto flute and electronics. Sunday 16th July, at IKLECTIC space, near Waterloo. Doors open at 6pm, and you can buy advance tickets here.

The concert will feature the following works:
Greg Caffrey - Nocturne
Michael Cryne - In Cloud Light
Adriaan van Noord - Last
Chad Langford - Makura Sadamemu
Sohrab Udumann - Penumbra
Michael Oliva - Passacaglia (world premiere)

Doors open at 6pm
Tickets £10 in advance or £12 on the door
The concert will last approximately 80 mins, and the bar will be open for refreshments.

Celia's Toyshop to be premiered by the Riot Ensemble

I'm delighted that Celia's Toyshop for sextet will receive its world premiere on Thursday 16th February, 7.30pm at Brixton East 1871.

The Riot Ensemble celebrates the beginning of 2017 with a return to Brixton East 1871 in an evening filled with chamber music from around the world.  Come hear some of Europe’s top performers in an array of World and UK Premieres, along with the customary £5 bottles of wine!

The concert includes Hayirli Olsun for Trombone, Harpischord, Percussion and Piano by Utku Asuroglu (UK Premiere); Shades of Silence for String Trio and Harpsichord by Anna Thorvaldsdottir (UK Premiere), Hammock by Kerry AndrewCelia’s Toyshop by Michael Cryne (World Premiere), Wolke über Bäumen for solo violin with gut strings and baroque bow by Evan Johnson (UK Premiere), and our second performance of Television Continuity Poses, which we co-commissioned with BBC Radio 3 from Jack Sheen.

Performers: Kate Walter, Flute; Ausias Garrigos, Clarinet; Andy Connington, Trombone; Goska Isphording, Harpsichord; Sarah Mason, Percussion; Claudia Maria Racovicean, Piano; Sarah Dacey, Soprano; Sarah Saviet, Violin; Stephen Upshaw, Viola; and Louise McMonagle, Cello

You can find out more and book tickets here


More of Celia's Toyshop to be workshopped by Kokoro

I'm pleased that Celia's toyshop has been selected to be presented at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's Composers' Day, with Kokoro and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Kokoro workshopped two of the pieces from the suite in 2015, and I'm delighted to be returning to Bournemouth to workshop 2 more of the pieces. 

The BSO’s biennial Composers’ Day is set to return in 2017 on Saturday 18 February for an engaging day of composition workshops, discussions and networking. Following a nationwide call for scores, the successful works which will be performed and discussed in workshops on the day have been chosen by a selection panel led by Mark-Anthony Turnage, the lead composer for the 2017 programme. As a composer of truly international stature, Turnage is one of the most relevant communicators and creators today and has worked with high profile names including Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle and English National Opera. His works are renowned for their fusion of popular and serious culture, and their unflinching portrayal of the realities of modern life.

You can find out more information on the BSO Composers' Day here.

A Tale of Two Cities

I'm pleased to start work as musical director for a production of  Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities at the Royal & Derngate theatre in Northampton. Dickens considered his novel A Tale Of Two Cities “the best story I have ever written.” Interweaving one family’s intensely personal drama with the terror and chaos of the French Revolution, it is an epic story of love, sacrifice and redemption amidst horrific violence and world changing events.

Following its celebrated premiere as part of the Made In Northampton 2014 season, the UK Theatre Award nominated production returns to the Royal stage for one week only ahead of a major national tour.

In an age when governments across the world seem impotent in the face of increasing unrest, this bold dramatic adaptation by Mike Poulton (Fortune’s Fool, Old Vic; Wolf Hall, RSC) set to rousing original music by Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman (The Cider House Rules, Beloved) seems more relevant than ever. It is directed by Artistic Director James Dacre, designed by Mike Britton (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, To Sir With Love) and featuring one of the largest acting companies to ever appear on the Royal’s stage.