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George Barton and Siwan Rhys, piano and percussion duo, on Hackney Marshes © dejan mrdja

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2024

Sun 28 Jul

10 pm

College Hall, Worcester

Three Choirs Festival

L Andriessen The Memory of Roses
Barbara Monk Feldman Duo for Piano and Percussion
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou The Garden of Gethsemane
Luke Lewis O Dreamland! (festival commission, world premiere)
L Andriessen Deuxième chorale
Lucio Tasca DSFC (unison)
Cassandra Miller Sinner, please
Martland arr. GBSR Mr Anderson’s Pavane (version premiere)

A concert programme that pays tribute to Steve Martland, in what would have been his 70th birthday year, as well as to his teacher Louis Andriessen. It also reflects on the nature of homage and of memory, on the influence both of individual artistic forebears and of musical history writ large.

Luke Lewis's new work not only pays tribute to his mentor Steve Martland but also Lindsay Anderson, the dedicatee of Martland's own Mr Anderson's Pavane (heard here in a new arrangement for the duo). Luke's piece, lovingly retreading the same steps of homage that Martland himself took, is thus a celebration not only of the influence of his mentor but also of the idea of influence itself.

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Mon 29 Jul

11:30 am

St Martin's Church, Worcester

Three Choirs Festival

Luke Lewis O Dreamland! (festival commission)

Martland Patrol

Joe Duddell A Life Cycle (world premiere)

Tippett String Quartet №2

with the Heath Quartet

Winners of a Gramophone Award for their recording of Tippett’s complete string quartets, the Heath Quartet here performs Tippett’s work known for its dancing rhythms and dramatic finale, echoes of which shine through the rest of the programme. Duddell’s new work is a tribute to Steve Martland in what would have been his seventieth birthday year, whose beautiful Patrol builds an incredible sound picture full of life and colour.

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Sat 10 Aug

7:30 pm

Bold Tendencies, London

Steve Reich Quartet

Steve Martland Drill

George Crumb Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III)

with Joseph Havlat and Sam Wilson

Returning to the concrete concert hall for a third season after performances of Stockhausen/Aphex Twin in 2022 and Galina Ustvolskaya/Oliver Leith in 2023, GBSR brings the iconic American composers George Crumb and Steve Reich and iconoclastic English composer Steve Martland to Bold Tendencies, joined once again by trusted collaborators Jo Havlat and Sam Wilson. George Crumb's Music for a Summer Evening (1975) is one of greatest of all his works, using a vast array of percussion and keyboard instruments from Tibetan prayer stones to the African thumb piano. Steve Reich is illuminated with his brilliant and beautiful Quartet from 2013, written for two pianos and two vibraphones. Steve Martland's Drill (1987) for two pianos is one of his most radical and profound pieces, exemplary of his distinctive, edgy sound.

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Past concerts:

2024

Sun 7 Jul

4 pm

state51 Factory, London

Spitalfields Music Festival

CHAINES Autopsy of an Aberration (world premiere)
 

with CHAINES

Join CHAINES and GBSR Duo as they undertake an imaginary autopsy. Echoing incorruptible saints and marked witches, an aberrant human is set on the surgeon’s slab to be dissected post-execution. Do we view a monster or a martyr? This never-before-heard piece combines amplified percussion, keys and vocals with electronically processed sounds, synths and samples.

This concert is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund and the Hinrichsen Foundation. Autopsy of an Aberration was developed with the support of Stapleford Granary and The Glasshouse International Centre for Music’s Summer Studios.

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Fri 28 Jun

7 pm

Wigmore Hall, London

Catharina Pratten selected pieces

György Ligeti Ramifications

Harold Budd/Brian Eno arr. GB The Plateaux of Mirror

John White Drinking and Hooting Machine

Oliver Leith Doom and the Dooms (world premiere)

with Sean Shibe & 12 Ensemble

Oliver Leith's huge new work sees GBSR, 12 Ensemble and guitarist Sean Shibe combine forces to perform a transcription of a band's gig that never happened. Before that it's a fascinating and highly eclectic programme ranging from Catharina Pratten's intimate works for the small Romantic guitar to GB's arrangement of Harold Budd and Brian Eno's The Plateaux of Mirror, taking in also a seminal Ligeti work and a tribute to legendary British Experimental School composer John White, who died at the beginning of this year.

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Fri 28 Jun

10 pm

Wigmore Hall, London

Oliver Leith good day good day bad day bad day

Oliver Leith's masterpiece of melancholia finally comes to Wigmore Hall. This is a unique opportunity to hear this celebrated work in the ideal acoustic for its intense and painful intimacy.

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Tue 6 Feb

8 pm

Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles

Oliver Leith Last Days

with LA Phil New Music Group

cond. Thomas Adès

Blake, a musician, has recently escaped rehab to return home. But he is haunted by objects, visitors and memories distracting him from his true purpose – self-destruction. Adapted from Gus Van Sant’s 2005 film based on the final days of Kurt Cobain, this new opera plunges into the torment that created a modern myth.

GBSR Duo join the LA Phil New Music Group to form the opera's ensemble.

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2023

Sun 3 Dec

7:30 pm

Kings Place

Hall Two

Karlheinz Stockhausen Klavierstück XV SYNTHI-FOU
Karlheinz Stockhausen STRAHLEN
Karlheinz Stockhausen COSMIC PULSES

with Ian Dearden, Sound Intermedia

The groundbreaking Soundscape surround-sound system offers an opportunity to hear the movement of sound in three of Stockhausen's most ambitious multi-channel electronic works with revolutionary clarity.

From the explosive Klavierstück XV SYNTHI-FOU for multiple sampler keyboards and eight channel sound to the beatific, posthumously-realised STRAHLEN, Stockhausen's version of Klavierstück XIX for ten channels of electronically-treated vibraphones, GBSR present the bookend masterpieces of Stockhausen's electronic keyboard oeuvre, all before Stockhausen's last electronic composition, the visionary and controversial 24-layered octaphonic monster COSMIC PULSES.

 

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Mon 20 Nov

7 pm

St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield

hcmf//

Lisa Illean Tiding II (silentium) (UK premiere)

with David Zucchi, saxophone

with Michael Acker (SWR Experimentalstudio) and Lisa Illean, electronics & sound projection

Lisa Illean’s extraordinary, aquatic study of sonic transience Tiding II (silentium) is inspired by “hypnotic hours listening to the world sounding through water, my head half-submerged, patterns of distant chattering mingling with the periodic rubbing of the sea”.

Precisely calibrated combinations of saxophone multiphonics, electronic processing, metal percussion and virtuosic inside-piano work combine to evoke that environmental mormorando, layers of sound effortlessly yet unpredictably floating in and out of perception. Hushed in tone, sensations between the vast and the intimate are at tension. Sheets of electronic sound and sustained tones resemble the revolving light from a lighthouse raking the ocean’s surface. The sound floods and ebbs; interwoven layers surface and recede in a delicate balance.

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Sat 18 Nov

9:30 pm

Bates Mill Photographic Studio, Huddersfield

hcmf//

Angharad Davies Empty Spaces II (world premiere)

also featuring Liudas Mockūnas

Angharad Davies's new work for GBSR Duo is intricately tied to her practice as one of Europe's leading free improvisers, and is based on a series of solo violin improvisations recorded in the empty rooms above a disused high street shop in Wales:

“These short pieces involved preparing the space by placing a chair in an empty room. Taking a photo of that empty chair. Then I sat on that chair and filled the room with sound. I responded to each room differently – placing sound in spaces that are familiar to me, but that have never had space or time for my own music. Alien terrains that I’ve never considered possible for framing or hosting my personal sound."


In Empty Spaces II GBSR becomes that terrain, the host of Davies's sound, as her playing entirely suffuses the work: both indirectly, in the improvisatory structures developed in close collaboration with Davies; and directly, in the incorporation of treated and untreated samples of her violin into the texture of the work. The space becomes synthetic; the emptiness transmutes; the soloist is there, but also not there.

Also featuring Lithuanian improvising saxophonist Liudas Mockūnas performing the UK premiere of his “Hydro 3”.

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Sat 28 Oct

12 noon

St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen

sound festival

Barbara Monk Feldman Duo for Piano and Percussion

Christopher Fox Earth & Sea (world premiere)

Tim Parkinson Project 9000

GBSR Duo present the world premiere of Earth & Sea by Christopher Fox, a work inspired by the rhythms of the tides, wind and waves.

Alongside this brand new work, they play music by Barbara Monk Feldman and Tim Parkinson: the gentle beauty of Feldman’s work inspired by the nature and landscapes of her native Canada, as the cracked seaside soundtrack of Parkinson's evokes a world that is both nostalgic and futuristic.


Co-commissioned by sound & GBSR Duo with the support of the Hope Scott Trust.

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Sat 16 Sep

7:30 pm

Mwldan 2, Aberteifi / Cardigan

BBC Radio 3 New Music Show LIVE

Tim Parkinson Project 9000

Barbara Monk Feldman Duo for Piano and Percussion

Eva-Maria Houben avalon orchard (with Rhodri Davies)

Also including performances by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Jenn Kirby and Rhodri Davies

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Sat 19 Aug

7:30 pm

Bold Tendencies

Galina Ustvolskaya Composition №2 Dies irae

Oliver Leith good day good day bad day bad day

The merciless, cruel sonic world of Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006) comes together with the addictive tones of British composer Oliver Leith (b.1990): “Deadpan, subversive, quietly anarchic, disarmingly heart-sore and sweet-sour music.” (Kate Molleson).

 

The music of Ustvolskaya is tough and uncompromising. Famously reclusive, she committed her life to her compositions, of which only 25 survive. Her output is exemplified by Composition №2, "Dies irae" (1973): brutal, violent and unforgettable. Written for eight double basses, piano and a large wooden cube that in some performances resembles a coffin, it has been called music that sounds 'dead behind the eyes’.

 

By contrast, Oliver Leith’s good day good day bad day bad day (for piano, keyboards and percussion), evokes a conciliatory world where the spectre of anxiety and codependency always lurks unconfronted. Its picture of the musical “everyday” of George and Siwan’s living room is a tender, intimate and ambiguous elongation of domesticity into the public realm. Both pieces speak to our human capacity to engage in acts of free will, even as we may seem trapped by societal structures in our current moment of crisis.

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Fri 14 July

7 pm

Cheltenham Town Hall

Cheltenham Music Festival

Mica Levi Lonely Void from Under the Skin

Mica Levi Love from Under the Skin

Romitelli Flowing Down Too Slow

Laurence Osborn TOMB!

Harold Budd & Brian Eno arr. GB Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror


GBSR Duo and 12 Ensemble combine to explore ascent and descent: visions of heaven and hell from the lonely void to the plateaux of mirror.

12 Ensemble join GBSR Duo for a programme of heavenly and hellish visions by five composers working between classical and non-classical music – culminating in Harold Budd and Brian Eno’s glittering, suspended Ambient 2 in a new arrangement by the performers. Before that, Laurence Osborn’s new work TOMB! uses the genre of the tombeau to take a sideways look at classical music’s death fixation.
 

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Thu 8 June

7:30 pm TBC

Phipps Hall, University of Huddersfield

Lucio Tasca D.S.F.C (unison) (world premiere)

Barbara Monk Feldman Duo for Piano and Percussion

Tim Parkinson Project 9000

Tom Hawkins Multiple Repetitions (world premiere)

Aldo Clementi Tre ricercari (UK premiere) with David Zucchi, saxophone

Part of a short residency at Huddersfield University during which we'll also be giving workshops to composition students. At this recital we'll play new pieces from two post-graduate composers alongside existing works from our repertoire, and give the UK premiere of Aldo Clementi's gorgeous Tre ricercari with saxophonist extraordinaire David Zucchi.

Fri 26 May

8 pm

Kings Place

Hall One

Mica Levi Lonely Void from Under the Skin

Mica Levi Love from Under the Skin

Romitelli Flowing Down Too Slow

Laurence Osborn TOMB!

Harold Budd & Brian Eno arr. GB Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror


GBSR Duo and 12 Ensemble combine to explore ascent and descent: visions of heaven and hell from the lonely void to the plateaux of mirror.

12 Ensemble join GBSR Duo for a programme of heavenly and hellish visions by five composers working between classical and non-classical music – culminating in Harold Budd and Brian Eno’s glittering, suspended Ambient 2 in a new arrangement by the performers. Before that, Laurence Osborn’s new work TOMB! uses the genre of the tombeau to take a sideways look at classical music’s death fixation.
 

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Fri 19 May

8 pm

St Andrew's and Blackfriars' Hall, Norwich

Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Mica Levi Lonely Void from Under the Skin

Mica Levi Love from Under the Skin

Romitelli Flowing Down Too Slow

Laurence Osborn TOMB!

Harold Budd & Brian Eno arr. GB Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror


GBSR Duo and 12 Ensemble combine to explore ascent and descent: visions of heaven and hell from the lonely void to the plateaux of mirror.

12 Ensemble join GBSR Duo for a programme of heavenly and hellish visions by five composers working between classical and non-classical music – culminating in Harold Budd and Brian Eno’s glittering, suspended Ambient 2 in a new arrangement by the performers. Before that, Laurence Osborn’s new work TOMB! uses the genre of the tombeau to take a sideways look at classical music’s death fixation.
 

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Thu 11 May

8 pm  (doors 7:30)

IKLECTIC, London

Tim Parkinson Project 9000 (world premiere) (performed by GBSR)

Tim Parkinson untitled 2021b (world premiere) (performed by Tim Parkinson)

plus video works by Sophie Clements and Simon Payne

A programme of new and recent experimental single-screen and expanded video works by Sophie Clements and Simon Payne, alongside new music by the composer Tim Parkinson, performed by GBSR Duo.

Tim Parkinson’s music exhibits a collage approach, often juxtaposing the sounds of found objects, various kinds of musical material, or snippets of speech: ‘What I want is a large and unforeseen diversity of pitches and intervals – randomness, patterns, shapes’.

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Thu 19 Jan

8 pm

Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

Eva-Maria Houben avalon orchard

Tim Parkinson violin and piano piece 1998

Barbara Monk Feldman The Northern Shore


GBSR Duo is joined by violinist Mira Benjamin for a rare performance of a major work by Canadian composer Barbara Monk Feldman. She creates music of exquisite simplicity, where sounds seem to float outside time, and The Northern Shore replicates the sensation of viewing the subtly changing light on the horizon of Canada’s Atlantic coast. The concert will open with a work by Eva-Maria Houben, whose delicate music relishes the space and silence between sounds, along with a duet by Tim Parkinson that plays on the musicians’ ability to work together but also to drift off into their own soundworlds.

 

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2022

Sun 16 Oct

7 pm

No Bounds Festival

Sheffield Cathedral

Morton Feldman Crippled Symmetry

with Taylor MacLennan and Explore Ensemble

also performing new work by Beatrice Dillon and Nakul Krishnamurthy
 

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7-11 Oct

7:45 pm

Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre

w/ 12 ensemble

cond. Jack Sheen

Oliver Leith Last Days

Blake, a musician, has recently escaped rehab to return home. But he is haunted by objects, visitors and memories distracting him from his true purpose – self-destruction. Adapted from Gus Van Sant’s 2005 film based on the final days of Kurt Cobain, this new opera plunges into the torment that created a modern myth.

GBSR Duo and 12 ensemble combine to form the opera's ensemble.

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Sat 27 Aug

7:30 pm

Bold Tendencies

Aphex Twin Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt.2

Stockhausen KONTAKTE

with Sound Intermedia, Joseph Havlat and Sam Wilson

The two composers of this programme had a famous falling-out in 1995, Stockhausen accusing Aphex Twin of "post-African repetitions". In these pieces they each approach the division between human and machine, and the question of compositional control, from very different directions.

Aphex Twin's Computer Controlled..., originally 'performed' by solenoid drum machines and prepared player pianos, is here presented by live performers on two prepared pianos and percussion. An electronic dance-musical language that became acoustic robot grooves, is transferred once again to human performers.

After ditching the initial idea for KONTAKTE of pianist and percussionist improvising responses to the electronic sounds (rehearsals were "a disaster"), Stockhausen notated a highly intricate, fully composed surround-sound interaction of live and electronic sounds that has to be heard live to be fully believed.

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Sat 9 Jul

8:30 pm

VOCES8 Centre, St Anne and St Agnes Church

Spitalfields Festival

Enchanted Vistas: The Music of Barbara Monk Feldman

 

with Mira Benjamin, violin

A portrait concert celebrating the contemplative, rigorous and inquisitive music of Barbara Monk Feldman.

This will be duo’s first performances of many of these extraordinarily delicate and intense pieces since the release of their critically acclaimed recording.

“We are listening to what’s left over when habitual babble is utterly wiped away.”  Gramophone

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Sun 3 Apr

2 pm

Southbank Centre: SoundState festival

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Eva-Maria Houben together on the way

with Eva-Maria Houben, organ

Following the critically-acclaimed sell-out premiere of Eva-Maria Houben's together on the way at hcmf//, the piece receives its second performance at Southbank Centre's SoundState festival.

This performance will feature the Queen Elizabeth Hall's very rarely heard or seen 1960's neo-Baroque organ, which is perfectly suited to the fullest exploitation and exploration of the composer's extraordinary experimental organ techniques.

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2021

Thu 18 Nov

9:30 pm

hcmf//

St Paul's Hall

Eva-Maria Houben together on the way

with Eva-Maria Houben, organ

The world première of a very substantial new work composed by Eva-Maria Houben for the combined forces of GBSR and the composer herself.

together on the way was commissioned by hcmf//

an hcmf// article about Eva-Maria's music is here

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Sat 17th July

Music We'd Like to Hear

St Mary-at-Hill

Alvin Lucier Silver Streetcar for the Orchestra

Barbara Monk Feldman The I and Thou (European première)

Michael Pisaro-Liu A mist is a collection of points

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Thu 17th June

Kings Place

Joanna Bailie Roll Call

Graham Fitkin Chain of Command

Pauline Oliveros Bye Bye Butterfly

CHAINES so smol (hewwo)

Oliver Sellwood Alias States

Nicole Lizée Softcore (European première)

with Sound Intermedia

In an age when technology seems constantly to make inroads not only into our homes but into what we might once have considered the inviolate core of our personalities, this programme investigates human solitude and identity at the mercy of history and technology.

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2020

Sat 21 Nov

hcmf// BBC New Music Show live broadcast

Arne Gieshoff Spillikins (world premiere)

Angharad Davies Rydal Mount (with Angharad Davies, violin)

Live broadcast from Maida Vale for the 2020 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, in collaboration with Angharad Davies and also featuring repertoire performed by Heather Roche, solo clarinet. Presented by Tom Service and Kate Molleson.

Sun 17 May

Vale of Glamorgan Festival

This performance has been cancelled due to Coronavirus.

We have been continuing to work with the Peter Reynolds Composer Studio via online workshops and home recordings.

Watch the Vale of Glamorgan Festival at Home vidcast to see GBSR performances and interviews with GBSR, Anne Denholm and John Luther Adams. Presented by Steph Power.

 

Thu 18 June

St Mary-le-Bow, London

This performance has been cancelled due to Coronavirus.

2019

Tue 3 Dec

7 pm

City Music recitals

City University of London Performance Space

Christian Wolff For Morty

Barbara Monk Feldman Duo for Piano and Percussion

Jo Kondo Aquarelle

CHAINES so smol (world premiere)

Nicholas Moroz Intralatent

Olly Sellwood Alias States (world premiere)

Nicholas Moroz is supported by the PRS Foundation's Open Fund and the Hinrichsen foundation, and using public money by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, www.artscouncil.org.uk

CHAINES is supported by the RVW Trust.

 

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Mon 2 Dec

7:30 pm

EXPO Oxford

Jacqueline du Pré Concert Hall

 

Nicholas Moroz Intralatent

Nicholas Moroz is supported by the PRS Foundation's Open Fund and the Hinrichsen foundation, and using public money by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, www.artscouncil.org.uk

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Fri 22 Nov

7:30 pm

Music at Oxford series

Jacqueline du Pré building, Oxford

Steve Reich Clapping Music

George Antheil Piano sonata no. 2 'The Airplane'

Hannah Lash C

Barbara Monk Feldman Duo for piano and percussion

Liam Mattison ADULTHOOD

David Lang Scraping Song

Charles Ives 'The Alcotts' from Piano sonata no. 2 'Concord, Mass. 1840-60'

Gregory Rose Boudica

Howard Skempton Duet for piano and woodblocks

Mark David Boden and Gregory Rose generously supported by the RVW Trust.

Liam Mattison 2018 RPS Composition Prize winner.

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Mon 18 Nov

3:30 pm

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

hcmf// shorts

Huddersfield Town Hall

 

Nicholas Moroz Intralatent (world premiere)

Nicholas Moroz is supported by the PRS Foundation's Open Fund and the Hinrichsen foundation, and using public money by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, www.artscouncil.org.uk

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Fri 18 Oct

1 pm

Barber Concerts series

Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham

Steve Reich Clapping Music

Mark David Boden Soliton

Hannah Lash C

Liam Mattison ADULTHOOD

Barbara Monk Feldman Duo for piano and percussion

Gregory Rose Boudica

Howard Skempton Duet for piano and woodblocks

Mark David Boden and Gregory Rose generously supported by the RVW Trust.

Liam Mattison 2018 RPS Composition Prize winner.

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Mon 26 Aug

2 pm

Presteigne Festival

St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

 

Steve Reich Clapping Music

Liam Mattison ADULTHOOD (world premiere)

Hannah Lash C

Mark David Boden Soliton (world premiere)

Gregory Rose Boudica (world premiere)

Luke Bedford Faraway Canons

Joe Duddell Parallel Lines

 

Mark David Boden and Gregory Rose generously supported by the RVW Trust.

Liam Mattison 2018 RPS Composition Prize winner.

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Mon 24 - Tue 25 June

University of Southampton

Hartley Residency featured performers

Programme of workshops, talks and performances

2018

Sat 27 October

7 pm

LSO St Luke's

BBC R3 Open Ear

Betsy Jolas Music for Joan

Oliver Leith good day good day bad day bad day (mvmt 8)

In this edition of Radio 3's Open Ear we joined House of Bedlam, BirdWorld and Jessica Aszodi for an evening of experimental and contemporary music. The evening was presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch and recorded for broadcast on Radio 3.

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Thu 11 October

1:10 pm

Warwick Arts Centre

Howard Skempton Agreement

Luke Bedford Faraway Canons

Philip Glass Piano Etude no.12

Betsy Jolas Music for Joan

Hannah Lash C

Chistian Wolff For Morty

Howard Skempton Drum Canon no.2

Oliver Leith good day good day bad day bad day (mvmt 8)

 

This programme juxtaposes highly systematic compositions with entirely intuitive works, from both sides of the Atlantic.

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Sun 30 September

5pm

The Print Room, Notting Hill

Way Out East - Rolf Hind composer portrait

Octandre Ensemble

Rolf Hind A Syllabary (2017)

Rolf Hind The City of Love (2002)

Rolf Hind King David (2008)

Rolf Hind Way Out East (2016)

We joined forces with Stefan Baur and Loré Lixenberg for the first complete performance of Rolf Hind's Way Out East, a blisteringly virtuosic explosion of fractal polyrhythms, rhythmic shouting and homemade instruments. Part of the wonderful Octandre Ensemble's composer portrait of Rolf Hind featuring many many gems.

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Thu 30 August

1:05 pm

St Mary le Bow

Oliver Leith good day good day bad day bad day

The second performance of Oliver's astonishing chef-d'œuvre took place at St Mary le Bow in a lunchtime concert.

Oliver Leith is supported by the PRS Foundation's The Open Fund and the RVW Trust.

Sun 24 June

3 pm

St John's Smith Square

«KONTAKTE in context»

John Cage Music for Amplified Toy Pianos

Mauricio Kagel Transición II

Karlheinz Stockhausen KONTAKTE

with Sound Intermedia

At the dawn of the 1960s, the idea of combining electronic sounds and processing with live instruments dawned quite differently on three of the greatest composers of the day. The sonic experiments of the three phenomenal works arising from this foment, all written within a year of one another, are here presented side by side. John Cage's investigations into the sounds of the everyday rub shoulders with Kagel's journey into the dark recesses of the piano's subconscious, before Stockhausen's masterwork takes the listener through the deconstruction of acoustic sound into outer space.

This concert is supported by the London Contemporary School of Piano.

Thu 24 May

7:30 pm

St John's Smith Square

Eric Wubbels doxa (European première)

Morton Feldman Dance Suite (for Merle Marsicano)

Oliver Leith - good day good day bad day bad day (world première)

Three kindred but truly original composers explore the sonorities of piano and percussion. A massive new work by Oliver Christophe Leith, the European première of doxa by American composer Eric Wubbels, and a substantial unpublished work of Morton Feldman.

Oliver Leith is supported by the PRS Foundation's The Open Fund and the RVW Trust.

Fri 20 - Sun 22 April

St John's Smith Square

Occupy the Pianos Festival

The duo was heavily featured in 2018's edition of «Occupy the Pianos», including the world premiere of a new piece written for the duo by Luke Bedford, a world premiere from Zoë Martlew, a UK premiere from Rolf Hind, solo performances from both players, George conducting an all-star performance of Peter Maxwell Davies' Miss Donnithorne's Maggot, and more.

 

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Fri 20 Apr

7:30 pm

St John's Smith Square

Occupy the Pianos Festival

«we come together»

Frederic Rzewski Coming Together

Steve Martland Mr Anderson’s Pavane

Peter Maxwell Davies Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot

Loré Lixenberg - voice

Elaine Mitchener - voice

Nancy Ruffer - flute

Stuart King - clarinet

David Alberman - violin

Zoë Martlew - cello

Craig Apps - percussion

Siwan Rhys - piano

Rolf Hind - piano

Ben Smith - piano

George Barton - conductor, percussion

Sat 21 Apr

2 pm

St John's Smith Square

Occupy the Pianos Festival

«polymorphous polymaths»

Zoë Martlew #skincare (world premiere)

Luke Bedford Faraway Canons for bass drum and piano (world premiere)

Loré Lixenberg bɜː(r)d IV (world premiere)

Loré Lixenberg - voice

Zoë Martlew - cello

Craig Apps - percussion

George Barton - percussion

Rolf Hind - piano

Siwan Rhys - piano​

Sat 21 Apr

7:30 pm

St John's Smith Square

Occupy the Pianos Festival

«eastern cow theatre»

Rolf Hind Way Out East: "Varanasi Haiku", "This Is The Cow" (UK premiere)

Mauricio Kagel Scenes from Staatstheater

Loré Lixenberg - soprano, director

Stefan Baur - saxophones

George Barton - percussion

Siwan Rhys - piano

CoMA and amateur musicians

Sun 22 Apr

2 pm

St John's Smith Square

Occupy the Pianos Festival

«you will endure forever»

Jonathan Harvey Tombeau de Messiaen (with electronics)

Hora​​ţiu Rădulescu Sonata no. 3

Claude Vivier Shiraz

John Adams Hallelujah Junction

Eliza McCarthy - piano

Siwan Rhys - piano​

Joseph Havlat - piano

Thomas Ang - piano

Sun 22 Apr

4 pm

St John's Smith Square

Occupy the Pianos Festival

«still music»

Rob Burbea Amara Vigil

Alvin Lucier Silver streetcar for the orchestra (solo triangle)

Rolf Hind Walking music from Lost in Thought

George Barton - percussion

Rolf Hind - piano

Eliza McCarthy - piano

Thu 5 April

1:05 pm

St John's Smith Square

Francesca Le Lohé Saida Portraits

John Luther Adams Four Thousand Holes

with Nicholas Moroz - sound projection

Sun 18 February

4 pm

St John's Smith Square

Principal Sound festival

Earle Brown Hodograph I

Jürg Frey Circular Music no.4 for celesta

Luigi Nono 'No hay caminar' soñando

Anton Webern Variations for piano op. 27

Morton Feldman Why Patterns?

Jenni Hogan - flute

Clemens Merkel & Alissa Cheung - violins

Thu 25 January

1:10 pm

Warwick Arts Centre

 

Steve Reich Clapping Music

Francesca le Lohé Saida Portraits

Howard Skempton Duet for piano and woodblocks

Howard Skempton In Tandem

Howard Skempton Dance VI from Gemini Dances

John Luther Adams red arc / blue veil

2017

Thu 2 Feb

8:30 pm

Holywell Music Room, Oxford

John Luther Adams Three Canticles of the Birds

Georges Aperghis Quatre pièces fébriles

Joe Duddell Parallel Lines

Sat 18 Feb & Sun 19 Feb

12 pm

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

Rolf Hind Lost in Thought

Tue 11 Apr

1 pm

St Mary-at-Hill, London

Steve Reich Clapping Music

John Luther Adams Three Canticles of the Birds

Howard Skempton Duet for piano and woodblocks

Howard Skempton Dance VI from Gemini Dances

Thu 7 Jul

1 pm

St Barnabas, Ealing

Steve Reich Clapping Music

Gareth Farr Three Little Pieces for Eve

John Luther Adams Three Canticles of the Birds

Howard Skempton Duet for piano and woodblocks

Howard Skempton Dance VI from Gemini Dances

Alexej Gerassimez Piazonore

Thu 17 Jul

3 pm

St John's Smith Square

Young Artists' Showcase

John Luther Adams Three Canticles of the Birds

Joe Duddell Parallel Lines

2016

Fri 15 Jan & Sat 16 Jan

6 pm & 12 pm

Pontio Centre, Bangor

Rolf Hind Lost in Thought

Sun 4 Apr

St John's Smith Square

Principal Sound festival

Morton Feldman For Philip Guston

(with Jenni Hogan)

Mon 5 Dec

1 pm

St Olave's, London

James Tenney Never Having Written a Note for Percussion

John Cage Child of Tree

John Luther Adams Three Canticles of the Birds

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