Bou6, which was made available online last year, has now been fully subtitled in English (original), French, and Cantonese. Please feel free to share with your friends, especially if they have previously had difficulties following without subtitles!
Commission for Arts Go Digital Platform scheme
I am excited to announce that I have been commissioned under the Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Arts Go Digital Platform scheme for workshops entitled Decoding Creativity: Interactive Platform for Contemporary Music Appreciation.
I will be writing a piece for a jiwu-guzang duet that draws heavily on observations and phenomena in our age of online meetings and performances. It is a piece that can only be performed through an online platform. Writing for unfamiliar instruments in such an aleatory setting will be a welcome challenge.
The piece will be workshopped and performed in the first half of 2021.
Bou6: a chamber opera on riot and tyranny now online
My chamber opera, Bou6, was successfully staged on 26 and 27 November 2019 in two sold-out concerts of the Oxford Contemporary Opera Festival. The recording of the second night is now online, complete with English and French subtitles. All of my team worked very hard on this, and it’s very exciting that new audience around the globe will be able to watch the show and contemplate power dynamics in society through my personal perspective. Please do give it a watch and tell me what you think!
Two Workshops in a Week
I will be workshopping my Suite, consisting of themes from the opera Bou6, with the Kreutzer Quartet. It will be an interesting way to experience the same ideas again but transformed into a different medium.
Date: 11 February 2020, 14:00-17:00
Venue: Ensemble Room, Faculty of Music, St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DB
Just a few days after, I will also be workshopping my new orchestral piece Summer—finally completing my ‘four seasons’ Swedish Rhapsody cycle—again with the Oxford Philharmonic! This time it’s at a much more convenient location as well.
Date: 14 February 2020, 12:15-14:00, 15:00-18:00
Venue: Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY
John Traill, conductor
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Workshopping with the BBC Singers!
I’ve been selected to workshop my new choral work, Esclesia, with the BBC Singers. I am incredibly glad to be able to work with a choir of a national standard and recognition. Please join me in London!
Date: 4 March 2019, 10:30-13:30
Venue: BBC Maida Vale Studios, Delaware Road, London W9 2LG
Grace Rossiter, conductor
Workshopping with the Oxford Phil!
I’ve been selected to workshop my new orchestral work, Dusk in Chiufen, with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to test out ideas, work with and receive feedback from an ensemble of such a high standard. You are most cordially invited.
Date: 22 February 2019, 12:15–14:00; 15:00–18:00
(my piece at ca. 16:45)
Venue: Centre for Music, Bayswater Road, Oxford OX3 9FF
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
John Traill, conductor