I’m just back from a master course with the inspirational composer-conductor Peter Eötvös. I spent a week at the Budapest Music Centre where I had the chance to meet composers Matthias Pintscher, Philippe Manoury and György Kurtág alongside a steady stream of contemporary repertoire workshops. The Hungarian Music Information Centre was also onsite: I was in my element amongst the scores of the fantastic Eötvös operas! Many thanks to the Eötvös Music Foundation for their kind support.
I recently had the excellent fortune to assist conductor Otto Tausk on the Swiss premiere of George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin. Directed by Nicola Raab, the production has its fifth and final airing this weekend in St Gallen. It was an honour to be involved in this beautiful project and to be part of such an intuitive creative team.
I will be joining guitarists John Williams and Gary Ryan as part of John’s Concerts by Candlelight series this Summer at Shakespeare’s Globe. His residency will feature diverse music for plucked strings across six programmes in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, all expected to sell out. I will conduct The Light on the Edge for two guitars, didjeridu, harp, bass, zither and environmental sounds by Australian composer Philip Houghton on Saturday 6 June.
I will be conducting Ruthless Jabiru and countertenor Russell Harcourt at the inaugural Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts this month in London. Our performance on 31 May will honour Australian poet and activist Oodgeroo Noonuccal through a programme of British and Australian music for string orchestra by Andrew Ford, Michael Tippett, Tansy Davies, Chris Williams and Egidija Medekšaité. Booking is now open through the festival website.
I recently took part in a visual arts collaboration between painter Philip Groom and photographer Jason Ashwood. I was invited to sit for a series of portraits by both artists, and the painted and photographic images are now to be merged into a single artwork for an exhibition next month in West London. All are welcome to attend a private view at The Gallery, 54 Shepherd Market, Mayfair on Monday 4 November from 17:00-20:00. The exhibition will run for the remainder of the week.