roooty tooot 📣 📣 📣 Life Cycle release today 📣 📣 📣

ok fair enough, I wrote this a while ago (2010) and it is chamber music; voice, cello and piano - no bells no whistles no cleverness, but I still think its my most authentic piece of writing to date. This is a live recording, released by Bedroom Community on their HVALREKI series from a very special time with a group of inspiring musicians; Mara Carlyle, Oliver Coates and John Reid made financially possible to release with thanks to the PRS composers fund. And thanks to Opera North for commissioning it in the first place. And thanks Adam Hinks for the beautiful artwork.

Available to buy here - 
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Itunes: https://tinyurl.com/yc4u327t
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or order a CD with the most beautiful artwork here

or buy the score and have a go at singing it yourself here

New Album 'Life Cycle' Release Date 8th March 2018

 

 

I’ve been wanting to do this for ages - release a CD of Life Cycle, the second in my Toby Litt song cycle trilogy and thanks to the PRS Foundation Composers’ Fund, the generosity of Mara Carlyle, Oliver Coates, John Reid and Adam Hicks’ beautiful artwork, we're pretty much there. It will be available for download on Bedroom Community Hvalreki series the 8th March (International Women’s Day) and you can pre order CDs from my website here. (also, listen out for Life Cycle play on BBC Radio 3 on the 8th March!)

I’m really happy to announce I have a new collaboration, a duo called Mandel with all round wonderful creative musician, Misha Law. We have been meeting regularly for sometime and improvising freely (mainly on violin and viola) with no agenda then constructing the good bits into more defined, structured pieces. It’s very exciting to be working in this way and we look for ward to sharing our music with you - quite soon actually - on the 4th of April at 8pm the London Sinfonietta will be performing a 15 minute piece we are writing together at the Hayward Gallery in response to photos by Andreas Gursky, please come if you are around. 

Yesterday I recorded with Ben Corrigan for his fantastic podcast, ‘Excuse the Mess’ in which we have bravely written a piece together in a day using my Electro Magnetic Harp. It’s a fantastic podcast, you can hear other episodes with and Manu Delagu and Laura Jurd here www.etmpodcast.com and mine will be out next week.

I'm heading to Tipperary in a few weeks to hear another performance of Out Into with some new sound design by David Sheppard - plans to share it further are underway...

21st February: Liverpool University Marie Leenhardt join
8th March: Clonmel Finding a Voice Festival Out Into
18th March/ : Plumpstead Peculiar Hermes Experiment russian songs
18th March: Washington Art Gallery Canales Project nancy noel
4th April: Hayward Gallery London Sinfonietta Mandel collaboration
12th May: Melbourne Recital Centre Zoe Knighton, Sonya Lifschitz & Gian Slater life cycle

that's it for now. thanks for your ongoing support. 

An Autumn 2017 update...

summer has been non stop writing and collaborating and I wanted to share with you what I can about what's been made from a big 20 minute piece for big forces in Cork to a live show with Mira Calix playing my Electro Magnetic Harp at Stroud Fringe...

 

   Sounds from a Safe Harbour  // 15th September Out Into // collaboration with Enda Walsh for soprano Kate Manley, Crash Ensemble and all female choir  It was a total flipping honour when Mary Hickson and Bryce Dessner commissioned me to write for Kate Manley, Crash Ensemble and Cork's School of Music Cappella Lyrica Choir. Enda Walsh and I wrote a 20 minute piece about a woman who is exiled. The audience standingly ovated (is that a verb?) we are currently hatching plans for more performances... here I am with Andre de Ridder discussing the score in the streets of Cork before rehearsal!   

Sounds from a Safe Harbour // 15th September
Out Into // collaboration with Enda Walsh for soprano Kate Manley, Crash Ensemble and all female choir

It was a total flipping honour when Mary Hickson and Bryce Dessner commissioned me to write for Kate Manley, Crash Ensemble and Cork's School of Music Cappella Lyrica Choir. Enda Walsh and I wrote a 20 minute piece about a woman who is exiled. The audience standingly ovated (is that a verb?) we are currently hatching plans for more performances... here I am with Andre de Ridder discussing the score in the streets of Cork before rehearsal!

 

   Stroud Fringe Choir    I'm so happy Stroud Fringe Choir is out there now. We had our first gig with queues out the door songs all original and by the members including songs by Emily Barker and Mesdaorm's Blythe Pepino. Very nice to give SATB Mantra it's Stroud premier too. We'll be appearing every Stroud Fringe with a brand new program of freshly hatched songs   

Stroud Fringe Choir
I'm so happy Stroud Fringe Choir is out there now. We had our first gig with queues out the door songs all original and by the members including songs by Emily Barker and Mesdaorm's Blythe Pepino. Very nice to give SATB Mantra it's Stroud premier too. We'll be appearing every Stroud Fringe with a brand new program of freshly hatched songs

 

   Organ Reframed  // 13th October for James McVinnie and London Contemporary Orchestra @Union Chapel  coming up very soon is the premier of my piece for Jamie and LCO 'Passing Through'  also writing for them Tim Hecker, Mira Calix, Gordon Monahan, Phil Niblock and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith..  Link to buy tickets

Organ Reframed // 13th October
for James McVinnie and London Contemporary Orchestra @Union Chapel

coming up very soon is the premier of my piece for Jamie and LCO 'Passing Through'  also writing for them Tim Hecker, Mira Calix, Gordon Monahan, Phil Niblock and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.. Link to buy tickets

   Harkwood College/Artist in Residence 18th - 22nd September   I was fortunate to have a week at Hawkwood college to dream and think about the future music I'd like to make - it was a gift to have the space to do that and home made biscuit break at 11 'o clock was also amazing!

Harkwood College/Artist in Residence 18th - 22nd September
I was fortunate to have a week at Hawkwood college to dream and think about the future music I'd like to make - it was a gift to have the space to do that and home made biscuit break at 11 'o clock was also amazing!

  Shop // New Items   There are lots of scores to download in my shop - if you fancy having a go at singing or playing my music at home  - I've got Folie a Deux CDs for sale too

Shop // New Items
There are lots of scores to download in my shop - if you fancy having a go at singing or playing my music at home  - I've got Folie a Deux CDs for sale too

The Itch Witch

There's a run of shows of my children's opera, "The Itch Witch" written with Toby Litt, starting on the 24th March in Whitehaven, 28th in Bury St Edmunds and 29th in Launceston.

This is the story of how some brave children decide to fight back against the Itch Witch and her nits with the only weapon they have - combs!

Written by composer Emily Hall and librettist Toby Litt, The Itch Witch forms part of Mahogany Opera Group's nationwide project ‘Snappy Operas’ - ten miniature operas from British artists, created with and performed by children aged 7-11 from across the country.

See-through squares

we had fun at Kings Place on Wednesday debuting our new instrument made in collaboration with David Sheppard and Ann-Margreth-Bohl. It's an instrument which triggers sounds and sequences I've composed as the squares are turned and prodded. As the squares turn they throw beautiful shadows on the walls. It fits in a suitcase so I'm taking it to various other gigs in the near future...