Here are some events and performances that I am involved with in the next couple of months.
I have written music for two Tom Stoppard plays (The Real Inspector Hound and Doggs Hamlet) for which I will be playing live together with Henri Vaxby in the five performances this weekend at the Space in London. (More info below)
I have also composed some of the music for a production of Tony Harrison’s first Mystery play :’The Nativity’ which will run at St Paul’s church on the Covent Garden Piazza for two weeks in November. It looks like it will be a great production!! (More info below).
If you live further up north, you might want to come and see the brilliant ‘Branches’, an ensemble of 10 to 20 harps under the leadership of Rhodri Davies and Eira Lynn Jones in Huddersfield on 21st November. My new work ‘Anthill’ for ten harps, a Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival commission, will receive its first performance alongside works by Michael Parsons and John Cage. Unless you travel to harp conventions, you will probably never get to hear that many harps together!!! (More info below)
Finally, I will be performing at the opening of the new ‘Centre National de L’Audiovisuel’ in Dudelange, Luxembourg for which I was commissioned to write a short piece for Veronique Nosbaum, soprano and myself on piano. This new work ‘Neige’ is inspired by the beautiful novel of the same name by Maxence Fermine, which I very very warmly recommend. It is probably the most beautiful little book I have ever read. It’s called ‘Snow’ in English. There are some theatrical elements again in the performance and Ellan Parry, the wonderful designer who worked with me on MiE last year has made costumes for us. Unfortunately this concert on 7th december is strictly by invitation only. But hopefully Veronique and I can perform it again in Luxembourg and London in the near future. http://www.cna.public.lu/
below you find a bit more information about each of these events. Hopefully I will see some of you at one or the other show.
If I don’t see you before Christmas, have a nice and relaxing holiday!!
In 2008, you can look forward to a new piece for toy pianos and shadow puppets written for pianist Kate Ryder, a new work at the Rational Rec evening in February and a large work commissioned by the Banque centrale de Luxembourg featuring Rhodri Davies, Angharad Davies and Henri Vaxby. Plus a new record from my band Cartridge. Yeay!!!
Dog Season: Tom Stoppard’s ‘The Real Inspector Hound’ and ‘Doggs Hamlet’ at the Space on the Isle of Dogs
We proudly present our premier in-house artistic season: a canine-themed double bill by Tom Stoppard. Dogg’s Hamlet ingeniously explores the language of theatre through slapstick farce and witty wordplay, whilst whodunits and histrionics send up the world of the critics in The Real Inspector Hound. You’d be barking mad to miss it.
This Friday, 2nd November at 20.00
Saturday 3rd November at 14.00 and 20.00
Sunday 4th November at 14.00 and 20.00
If you book in advance it’s cheaper. Otherwise £12/£8.
Here’s the address: The Space, 269 Westferry Rd, Isle of Dogs, Mudchute DLR , London, E14 3RS
Iris Theatre presents Tony Harrison’s first Mystery play: ‘The Nativity’ at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London – 13th-24th November 2007 at 19.30 every night.
This November, Iris Theatre (www.iristheatre.com) will follow up its successful March run of ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ with a production of Tony Harrison’s first Mystery play, ‘The Nativity’. It’s a new production of a 1985 National Theatre sellout.
The production is being staged in the dramatic setting of Inigo Jones’ St Paul ‘s Church, a Grade 1 listed building in Covent Garden’s Piazza. Fittingly, St Paul ‘s is known as ‘The Actors’ Church.’
Seven hundred years after The Mystery plays were first conceived, Tony Harrison’s earthy poetry rings with the authentic voice of the working men and women who created it. This play is a celebration of English folk culture up to this day. (go to http:en/wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery play for a history of the Mystery plays in England)
The production will lift your spirits with song, dance and music, and contrary to your memories of Sunday school, is full of laughter, as well as tears.
Iris Theatre is a new professional theatre company born out of the experience and energy of several Central Saint Martins (Drama Centre) theatre graduates.
Performances will run November 13th to November 24th 2007 at 7.30pm every night with Sunday matinee on November 18 th at 3pm. November 13th is the gala opening and press night with invited guests including Dame Judi Dench and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. Please contact Dan Winder (07890) 322 375 for tickets.
Tickets are also available from www.ticketweb.co.uk , 08700 600 100 (£13, £10 concessions). Entrance to the Church on Bedford Street. Tube: Leicester Square and Covent Garden.
‘Branches’ at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2007
21st November 2007 – St Paul’s Hall – Huddersfiled – 18.00
Rhodri Davies, harp – Eira Lynn Jones, harp
with students from the RNCM, University of Huddersfield and Cheltham’s School of Music
John Cage: Postcard from Heaven
Michael Parsons: Constellations for massed harps
Catherine Kontz: Anthill (HCMF commission)
‘This is the debut concert of Rhodri Davies’ new ensmble ‘branches’ where he assembles twenty harpists to perform massed harp music. The infrequently perfromed John Cage’s Postcard from Heaven for 1-20 harps calls on the harpists to improvise on ragas. The ensemble will also perform Michael Parsons’ pointillistic composition, Constellations, and a new work by the radical composer Catherine Kontz’ (from HCMF 2007 brochure)
Here is a bit about my piece:
Anthill the conduct of ant-life with its leader-less social organisation. Like forager ants, the ten harpists independently embark on a cross-country adventure that takes them through ever-changing landscapes. They occasionally stumble on ‘trails’, ‘pick up’ objects, ‘visit’ neighbouring colonies and ‘take shelter’ from intermittent rains. Although all elements of Anthill are predetermined and composed, the large graphically-inspired score allows the performers great freedom of choice.
Tickets £10 (£8 concession) from www.hcmf.co.uk or box office 01484 430528