Thomas Gould at Nonclassical

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The wonderful violinist Thomas Gould will perform a showcase of new work from his new album Bach to Parker at Nonclassical's first Global happening on November 26th featuring events from five different countries brought together in a secret East London venue. The set will include Mark's piece for violin and electronics Lines written a few miles below. For more details and to book tickets visit Nonclassical.

Shakespeare Sounds and Sweet Airs

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Sound and Sweet Airs is a celebration of 20th and 21st century choral and instrumental music inspired by Shakespeare's poetry to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth. The programme combines the performing forces of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's new music ensemble Kokoro and the London-based chamber choir Canticum and features Mark's 2007 work Stealing Poison alongside music by Oliver Knussen, Hywel Davies, Thomas Adès, Howard Skempton and Ralph Vaughan Williams. More details here.

St Paul's Sinfonia perform Tirlun

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The wonderful St Paul's Sinfonia continue to bring a fantastic programme of orchestral music to Greenwich and Lewisham. This year marks the orchestra's 10th birthday and as part of the celebrations they will perform Mark's 2008 orchestral work Tirlun alongside Sibelius' Pelleas et Melisande and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 3. The concert is on Friday, June 20th 7.30pm at St Stephen's Church, Lewisham. More details here.


Channel Rose

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Mark is very excited to be working again with the choreographer Eleesha Drennan on a new project: Channel Rose. Eleesha was recently awarded a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship in partnership with IdeasTap to support the project. The scholarship provides funding for artists to help develop their creative practice. Mark and Eleesha will begin collaborating later this year on the new piece. More details here.

MacDowell Colony Fellowship

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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.

Parable released on NMC

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Mark's short work Parable for solo saxophone has been released as part of the London Sinfonietta's Sinfonietta Shorts series on NMC. You can listen to an extract of Simon Haram's performance and download the whole piece here.

New work for baritone, cor anglais, trumpet and strings

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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.

London Sinfonietta New Music Show

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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.