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Over Autumn 2017, Philip is working with Quatuor Bozzini in programmes including new piano quintets by Martin Arnold, Mary Bellamy and Bryn Harrison, along with Linda Catlin Smith's Piano Quintet. See here for details about the new quartets by Bellamy and Harrison.
Performances as follows:
Montreal, September 18th (Harrison, see here)and 25th (Bellamy and Arnold, see here)
Toronto, September 19th (Harrison, at Array Studio)
Victoria, September 22-23, as part of of-the-now, a celebration of the music of Martin Arnold. Philip also performs solo and with violinist Mira Benjamin at this festival.
hcmf, Tuesday November 21st.

Philip also performs with Apartment House in Vancouver at SFU on September 21st.

Philip also performs Linda Smith's Piano Quintet with Quatuor Bozzini at hcmf on November 19th.

Other concerts at hcmf 2017 include a concert of Michael Parsons' music, with edges ensemble and Parsons himself, on November 20th

And on November 26th, Philip performs with Ensemble Grizzana in the premieres of works by Magnus Granberg and Jürg Frey

Philip gives the world premiere performances - three times over! - of new works by Rozalie Hirs and Christopher Fox at NovemberMusic on November 12th.


New CD recordings with Apartment House include a double disc of Michael Parsons' music and recordings of John Cage's Concert for Piano and Orchestra and Christian Wolff's Resistance, all on HCR
The Parsons discs will also include a substantial selection of the works for solo piano.
Apartment House have also recorded an album of Exercises by Christian Wolff for future release.

Due out in September 2017 on Another timbre is a recording of John Cage's Winter Music, for four pianos, featuring Philip playing alongside Mark Knoop, Catherine Laws and John Tilbury.

Philip is also involved with more recordings as part of the another timbre Canadian music series will be forthcoming over the next 12 months, including music by Linda Catlin Smith and Cassandra Miller.



Recent Concerts


On July 1st 2017, Philip, performing with Apartment House, gave the world premiere of Christian Wolff's Resistance, for piano and 10 or more instruments, alongside a complete ensemble performance of John Cage's Concert for Piano and Orchestra as part of the Performing Indeterminacy conference at the University of Leeds. Both works will be recorded for CD release later in 2017 on HCR

The concert was repeated in London on July 6th as part of the St.Johns Sessions

Mark Knoop and Philip performed John Cage's Two2 at Tate Britain on Friday June 23rd. Full details here. After recent performances in Huddersfield and Durham, they have also recorded the piece for another timbre for release in 2018.

Philip joined Mira Benjamin and Anton Lukoszevieze on July 7th for an Apartment House concert as part of the renowned Music We'd Like To Hear series. They performed music by Tom Johnson, Alvin Lucier, Paul Newland and Makiko Nishikaze.The concert was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on August 26th.

Philip performed solo music by Jurg Frey, Marc Sabat, Linda Smith and Cassandra Miller at Cafe Oto as part of the another timbre Canadian music residency on May 4th 2017. Details here



In January, Philip played Jürg Frey's Pianist Alone (1) and Pianist Alone (2) at Krolikarnia, National Museum , Warsaw.

In December 2016, Philip performed music by Julius Eastman and Arthur Russell with Apartment House at the London Contemporary Music Festival. The programme included Eastman's seminal Stay On It and the world premiere of Hail Mary for voice and piano.



Recent CD releases


Two CDs as part of another timbre's Canadian music series were released in March 2017:

Linda Catlin Smith Drifter
includes Piano Quintet (with the Bozzini Quartet), Drifter (with Diego Castro), Moi Qui Tremblais (with Mira Benjamin and Simon Limbrick), Far From Shore (with Mira Benjamin and Anton Lukoszevieze), and Poire (solo piano).

Martin Arnold The Spit Veleta
includes Points and Waltzes, premiered by Philip in 2012, and The Spit Veleta for violin and piano, premiered by Mira Benjamin and Philip in 2015.



Beat Generation Ballads Beat Generation Ballads is out now on Huddersfield Contemporary Records. Michael Finnissy's Beat Generation Ballads, composed for Philip and premiered by him at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2014, won the award for Best Solo/Duo work at the British Composer Awards 2015 and is paired on the CD with Finnissy's First Political Agenda
Andrew Clements, writing in The Guardian describes the "thoughtful and superbly played" disc as "a superb tribute" to Finnissy's piano music.



Antanas Rekašius Fonogrammatika
Ensemble and solo piano music by this idiosyncratic twentieth-century Lithuanian composer, featuring Apartment house and Philip Thomas.

New Jürg Frey recordings:

Jürg Frey Circles and Landscapes, featuring six recent works by Frey, including world premiere recordings.

Jürg Frey Grizzana and other pieces 2009-2014, a double-CD set of recent ensemble pieces by the Swiss composer, featuring Philip with Jürg Frey, Ryoko Akama, Mira Benjamin, Richard Craig, Emma Richards and Seth Woods.



Other News


Philip, with Professor Martin Iddon (University of Leeds), has been awarded a major Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)grant. The grant supports a 3-year project investigating John Cage's Concert for piano and orchestra and includes support for two research assistants and significant research time leading to the publication of a monograph, recordings, a conference and an interactive web-site. The project has now started - find out more here
BOOKING IS NOW OPEN FOR OUR CONFERENCE AND CONCERT. See here for full details

Philip was conferred as Professor of Performance at the University of Huddersfield, in August 2015.





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