As I type, World Event Young Artists is in full swing across Nottingham. The whole city is buzzing with artists from across the globe engaging with other artists and their work - and what a lot there is to see. I feel like I've barely started with the shear amount there is to explore...
As part of the festival, as you should hopefully already know, we are putting on the second public performance of my opera Entr'acte which was performed last year. This time round we've changed a few things, there's an incredible new cast to start with, some changes in orchestration, and we've been able to build of the experience of the first performance. As part of the ongoing Entr'acte story, we've also put together a short Prologue which gives us a bit more insight into the events leading up to Entr'acte itself.
It's all happening tomorrow, Wednesday 12 September, with a short Prologue taking place in the Cast Bar of Nottingham Playhouse at 1.30pm. Entr'acte returns to the Pavilion Café @ Lakeside Arts Centre at 6pm, and charmingly, the Pavilion Cafe are serving up some pub food as part of a £5 ticket so why not join in that fun! Places are restricted for Entr'acte and admission is by ticket only, so to avoid disappointment, call the Box Office NOW: 0115 846 7777. Click here for more info on how to book.
I am absolutely thrilled to annouce that I have been selected as one of the 1,000 artists to take part in World Event Young Artists (WEYA) 2012 with my immersive opera Entr'acte.
The festival is the first of its kind and will take place in Nottingham this September. It is a truly global event with artists from 100 nations across the world taking part. I'm still blown away by the thought of it and the wonderful experience and opportunity it will provide.
Read more about the event here and view a wonderful BBC Slide Show here.
In other news...
I realise it has been ages since I've posted an update but I promise it has been because I've been beavering away on some new projects. I have just recently completed Limbo a 7-minute octet for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and will be having an extract from my orchestral work Nocturne (the revised piece: Nocturne 0.4) performed by Toy Sound Circus in May conducted by Dan Watson. I have a few choral pieces lined up for St Barnabas Cathedral Choir which will now doubt premiere in June and be taken on tour with us to Northern Ireland in June/July 2012.
Tomorrow I screech out some high B-flat's in Mahler's 2nd Symphony in a performance by the University Philharmonia and Choir of the University of Nottingham including a wealth of current and former students. Rehearsals have been going really well and the performance promises to be incredibly exciting.
Next week sees the press launch of Architects of Air's EXXOPOLIS at Lakeside Arts Centre which will be coming in June. This will include performances of my music by a live choir inside the construction and should be a beautiful experience. If you've never experienced the Architects of Air's Luminaria, I really urge you to go - it had me amazed. I'm also going to be writing a new choral piece for the space itself which I'm really looking forward to.
That's all for now folks. I'll try to keep my updates a little more regular from now on.