Woolf Letters Commission
After a successful R&D project supported by Arts Council Wales and PRSF, the rest of my Woolf Letters song cycle is now being commissioned by Lana Bode and Emma Sutton (St Andrews University) as part of their 'Virginia Woolf and Music' project supported by AHRC. The complete song cycle will be first performed on June 17th at the 2016 Annual Virginia Woolf Conference at Leeds Trinity University by mezzo Siân Cameron and pianist Nicki Rose.
Ian McMillan collaboration 'Early Stroll Songs'
I'm writing a song cycle commission for baritone Martin Le Poidevin and guitarist Mark Willcocks setting words by Ian McMillan (poet and presenter of BBC R3's The Verb). The songs will be setting Ian's Early Stroll tweets ... becoming the world's first twitter song cycle! Ian, Martin and Mark will present the new song cycle at St Georges Bristol on October 11th, alongside John Rutter's Shadows, Dowland songs and Ian's poetry performances. The project is supported by Arts Council England.
The Hidden Valley in Bristol with Juice Vocal Ensemble
Operasonic and I are producing 3 performances of the new version of my opera The Hidden Valley at St Georges in June / July, along with a big education project with Bristol Plays Music across Bristol. We've been offered a generous grant from Arts Council England, but need to raise some match funding. We are launching the Hidden Valley Crowdfunder this week!
Sarah Newbold commission
The brilliant flautist Sarah Newbold (Orchestra of St Martin in the Fields & New London Orchestra) has commissioned a piece for her flute, viola and harp trio to be performed alongside Debussy, Bax and Mozart later this year.