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.
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.
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.
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.