London Sinfonietta & Central Saint Martins present SPEAKS

Speaks
Mark's short work for solo saxophone, Parable, will be performed alongside other Sinfonietta Shorts by Anna Meredith, Tom Coult, Samantha Fernando and Jordan Hunt at Southwark Playhouse on Tuesday 9th February at 7.30pm. The pieces will be accompanied by films created by Central Saint Martins students made in response to the music through close collaboration with the composers and players. For further information click here.

Tickets: £10/£5
Box office: 0844 875 0073 or online
Venue: Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD

Airs No Oceans Keep

Fidelio Trio 4
Mark's piano trio Airs No Oceans Keep was recorded at The Menuhin Hall by the Fidelio Trio for NMC Recordings last year for Mark's forthcoming Debut Disc. The ensemble has become closely associated with the work and will perform it at a special London Music Masters fundraising concert on Tuesday 19th January 2016. For further details click here.

We Have Found a Better Land

Patagonia 2

Following Mark's trip to Argentina earlier this year the BBC National Chorus of Wales will premiere his new Patagonia-inspired work We Have Found a Better Land at Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff on the 15th November 2015. The concert features music by Welsh and Argentine composers and will be conducted by Adrian Partington. The performance will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. For more information and to book tickets click here.

Patagonia

Patagonia
In June, Mark will be travelling to Argentina to visit the Welsh settlements in the Chubut Province in the far southern region of Patagonia. Mark has been commissioned by the BBC to compose a new work for the BBC National Chorus of Wales inspired by the events and stories surrounding the establishment of the colony in the 19th century. More details to follow!

Five Memos

Multiplicity
Mark's new piece Five Memos for violin and piano, commissioned by London Music Masters for Hyeyoon Park and Huw Watkins, is inspired by the writings of the Italian author Italo Calvino and will be premiered at the Newbury Spring Festival on May 10th. Calvino was due to deliver the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures series at Harvard in 1985-6 but suddenly died before taking up the professorship. The incomplete scripts were published in 1988 as Six Memos for the Next Millennium. The five surviving essays explore artistic virtues that Calvino wanted to pass on to future generations.

PERFORMANCES
Hyeyoon Park violin, Huw Watkins piano
Sunday 10th May 7.30pm | St Mary's Church, Kintbury
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Hyeyoon Park violin, Roderick Chadwick piano
Tuesday 12th May 7.30pm | The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London
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A Violence of Gifts BBC Broadcast

The broadcast recording of the premiere performance of A Violence of Gifts is now available to listen to online as part of the BBC's Performing Miracles series.

A Violence of Gifts is a setting of a new text by poet Owen Sheers and was given its first performance on 18th April at St David's Hall in Cardiff by the BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales with Elizabeth Atherton (soprano) and Roderick Williams (baritone) conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

A Violence of Gifts

Planet
Mark's new 40-minute work for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra, A Violence of Gifts, will be premiered on 18th April 7.30pm at St David's Hall, Cardiff by the BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales with Elizabeth Atherton (soprano) and Roderick Williams (baritone) conducted by Martyn Brabbins. The work sets a new text by poet Owen Sheers and is paired with Holst's The Planets. Mark has been blogging about the project on the Radio 3 website. For further details and to book tickets visit BBC NOW.

Fidelio Trio at St David's Hall

Fidelio Trio St Davids
The wonderful Fidelio Trio perform Mark's piano trio Airs No Oceans Keep as part of the St David's Hall Contemporary Lunchtime Concert on Saturday 4th April at 1pm alongside music by Donnacha Dennehy, Evan Ziporyn, Johannes Maria Staud and Orlando Jacinto Garcia. Further details here.