Mark has been awarded a prestigious MacDowell Colony Fellowship. He will be in residence at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire from late January until early March. During the residency Mark will be working on his new BBC Radio 3 commission for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra for the BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales. Mark has commissioned a new text on the theme of 'creation' from the poet Owen Sheers with generous funding from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The work will be premiered in 2015. Further details here.
Mark's new work Innocent's Song commissioned by Jeremy Huw Williams and the Welsh Chamber Orchestra with funds from the RVW Trust will be premiered in Wales on the 10th December at the Blake Theatre, in Monmouth, followed by a performance on the 11th December at the Town Hall, in Rhyl. The piece is a setting of Charles Causley's poem of the same title. More details here.
Mark's work Parable, for solo saxophone, will be performed on Sunday, December 8th at the London Sinfonietta's annual New Music Show as part of the culmination to the Southbank Centre's The Rest Is Noise series. The festival-in-a-day features four sets of new music alongside debates, curated by the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of their bicentenary celebrations, on what new music's future holds. More details here.
Mark's percussion concerto Heartland with soloist Julian Warburton returns with Eleesha Drennan's powerful work Virtual Descent performed by National Dance Company Wales. Performances of Virtual Descent will take place across the UK with live music in London at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House (details here) and in Cardiff at the Donald Gordon Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre (details here). The London performances will feature Julian Warburton and the Cardiff performances will feature Julian Warburton with the Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tim Murray. Full tour details here.
The Contemporary Consort return to Stratford on Avon Music Festival on the 14th October with a concert featuring Mark's early work Quartet for clarinet, violin, viola and cello. Further details here.
I'm really excited to announce details about my next project with BBC National Orchestra of Wales supported by a generous grant from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The Creation Project is a new collaboration with the poet and novelist Owen Sheers. Taking Haydn's 1798 work The Creation we plan to make a new work for chorus and orchestra exploring the meaning of creation in the twenty-first century. Owen and I are off to CERN in October to begin a period of research. Through engagement with the latest developments in particle physics we will explore the creation of matter and anti-matter whilst also delving into the human side of the brilliant minds that are currently working to uncover these secrets of the universe. Watch this space for more details.
Preparations for the first work-in-progress presentation of The Mare's Tale are now in full swing. Damian Walford Davies has created a beautiful new libretto and Clive Hicks-Jenkins has conjured the wonderful puppets and striking design as well as directing the whole piece!
The show will take at Theatr Brycheiniog on Saturday 7th September at 8pm performed by the Mid Wales Chamber Orchestra with the project's producer James Slater conducting and Eric Roberts narrating. Catch up on the latest developments here.