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Philip performs music by Jürg Frey, Cassandra Miller, Marc Sabat and Linda Catlin Smith at Cafe Oto as part of the another timbre residency on May 4th. Details here

On July 1st 2017, Philip, performing with Apartment House, gives 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.

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 take place in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Huddersfield. Dates and details coming soon.

Other concerts coming up include Music We'd Like To Hear with Mira Benjamin and Anton Lukoszevieze on July 7th.

Watch this space for news of some exciting concert at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2017.

Future CD releases include John Cage's Two2 with Mark Knoop for another timbre.Following their recent performances of the piece in Durham and Huddersfield, they will perform it again at Tate Britain in June. Details to be posted here soon.

Apartment House will be recording ensemble works by Christian Wolff and Michael Parsons in Spring 2017 for future release. The Parsons discs will also include a substantial selection of the works for solo piano.

Philip will be 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


Mark Knoop and Philip performed John Cage's late work for two pianos, Two2 at the Universities of Durham and Huddersfield in March 2017.

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.

Apartment House performed music by Martin Arnold, Aldo Clementi and Christopher Fox in a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 4th November 2016.

Recent Finnissy: As part of the day conference Michael Finnissy: Dialogues, held at the University of Huddersfield, Philip joined oboist Christopher Redgate in a performance of Finnissy's 50-minute epic, Âwâz-e Niyâz
Three days later, Philip performed Finnissy's recent Third Political Agenda and was joined by staff and students from the University of Huddersfield for a performance of Post-Christian Survival Kit, as part of the 2016 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Fresh Yorkshire Aires is a project exploring graphic scores reflecting aspects of Yorkshire. Philip joined pianist Matthew Bourne in two concerts realising scores by Katie English, Jex Riley French, Nigel Morgan and Jacob Thompson-Bell.



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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