News & Gigs
I'm THRILLED that Heritage records and the delightfully forward-thinking Tim Grocutt have re-released this long-deleted disc of mine. It was originally recorded for the groudbreaking Factory Records label in the early 90s. My first disc for them will be released soon too. Take a listen - it's an interesting recital disc, loosely themed around the idea of country, and has music by Janacek, Bartok, Grainger, Finnissy and the premiere recording of James McMillan's piano sonata.
First - rather belated - News of the year.
I've been busy with playing the last month, including Cage and Rebecca Saunders in Salzburg and just back from Dublin, where I have been appointed an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College, which I'm delighted about. The composition department is going from strength to strength there, and there is a new Masters course. I look forward to more visits and collaborations.
At the Guildhall School in London, I'm thrilled to be about to take up a Research Associateship. It gives the opportunity to do a lot of things, performance and composition wise. Not least in my plans are setting the dates for full workshopping of my music-theatre piece which I'm planning with Freddie Wake Walker of the Opera Group. It's a radical and slightly crazy notion which I won't yet elucidate in full, but having mentioned it to a number of people, I'm pleased they dont think it completely mad!
I'm just about to finish a new piano piece, Thus Have I Heard, which is to the memory of the great, late, much-missed Jonathan Harvey.
Other plans compositionally include wild songs for the wonderful Lore Lixenberg, and a piece for two pianos and ensemble.
I have a number of discs coming out in the next month or two: the first - already released - is available on the Danish label Dacapo. Visit their website and you'll find it under New Releases, or Bent Sorensen. It features his (Sorensen's) piano concerto, La Notte, as well as a solo piano piece and the extraordinary violin and piano piece, Sieben Sehnsuechte, which Bent wrote for me and the also extraordinary David Alberman. Check out our whistling and man-humming, inter alia. It's a beautiful disc.