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Philip gives his Professorial Lecture Fingers, Fragility and Freedom: negotiating limits in Christian Wolff's music, Tuesday 19th January 2016, St.Paul's Hall, University of Huddersfield.

Philip performs Linda Smith's Piano Quintet with Quatuor Bozzini at the University of Huddersfield, Thursday February 11th 2016

Apartment House continue their 20th Birthday season with a concert at the Wigmore Hall, Saturday 27th February 2016, with a programme including new works by Egidije Medekšaite, Luiz Henrique Yudo, Leo Chadburn, and Martin Arnold

Decontamination 6 at the Royal Northern College of Music, March 8th, 2016, includes Philip performing music by Tom Johnson.

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
Philip has recorded the work for release on Huddersfield Contemporary Records, along with First Political Agenda for release later this year.

Recent CD releases featuring Philip featured in 2015 'round-ups', including three CDs in The Wire's 'Modern Composition' list (Wolff Pianist: Pieces; Maciunas Musical Scoring Systems; Saunders assigned #15); and with Jürg Frey's Grizzana appearing in The Wire top 50 releases of 2015. Pianist: Pieces also featured in the end of year experimental playlist in The Guardian

Future CD releases include solo and ensemble music by Martin Arnold and Linda Smith on another timbre



Recent Concerts


Philip performed the music of Jürg Frey in two concerts at the 2015 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. In a solo concert he performed Pianist Alone (2) and Extended Circular Music No.9, the latter being the world premiere performance: 'Thomas's sure touch lent these strange works - at once spacey and harsh, staggering from progressions just short of melodic resolution to hammered adjacent chords - a compulsive air.' (The Wire). He also performed with Ensemble Grizzana with the composer himself on clarinet.

Recent gallery concerts with Apartment House included

Thursday 17th September, 2015, a fluxus-inspired programme at the Whitechapel Gallery

Friday 25th September, 2015, a programme of music by Christian Wolff, with the composer, at the Serpentine Gallery Wolff and Apartment House

The music of Toronto-based composer Martin Arnold was celebrated in a recent Music We'd Like To Hear concert. Philip played a solo work, Points and Waltzes, and, with violinist Mira Benjamin, a specially composed duo, The Spit Veleta

Apartment House celebrated its 20th birthday in two concerts: in July at Cafe Oto, in a varied concert, subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3; and at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, also broadcast on BBC Radio 3

Philip performed with both Quatuor Bozzini and Apartment House at the Angelica festival, Bologna, both concerts featuring the music of Laurence Crane.



Recent CD releases




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 releases:

Joseph Kurdirka Beauty and Industry, a collection of Kudirka's scores, many of them text and graphic-based, featuring Apartment House.
Joseph Kudirka uses simple terms to say significant things...The scores leave much to interpretation. There are two or three versions of several pieces on this disc, each one an insight into the astutely calibrated textures made by Apartment House. (Kate Molleson, The Guardian)

James Saunders assigned #15, a recent return to the [unassigned] project from some years ago.

Morton Feldman Two Pianos and other pieces 1953-1969, a double-CD set of music by Feldman for two or more pianos with ensemble, featuring Philip performing with John Tilbury. Andrew Clements, in his 5 star review of the release in the Guardian, describes the music as 'transcendentally beautiful'. For more information see another timbre or click here, or read my recent blog entries about the project.

Christopher Fox Works for piano
Four solo works by English composer Christopher Fox, three of which were composed for Philip: L'ascenseur, at the edge of time, Thermogenesis and Republican Bagatelles

A new CD of music by Lithuanian fluxus composer George Maciunas Musical Scoring Systems is out now, featuring Apartment House
Featuring popular classics such as Piece for 3 mouths (Homage to Toshi Ichiyanagi), Music for Everyman and Homage to Philip Corner

Pianist: Pieces, a triple-CD set of solo piano music by Christian Wolff, on sub rosa.
Includes all the works from the 1950s alongside major works composed since 2000, including the extended work Long Piano (Peace March 11), and a number of works recorded for the first time.
"Thomas is the perfect, committed guide" (Andrew Clements, The Guardian)
Read more about Philip's approach to Wolff's music in Sound American

Laurence Crane - Chamber Works 1992-2009, a double-CD set of solo and chamber works by Crane featuring Apartment House, on another timbre
Includes the first recording of Piano Piece No.23 - Ethiopian Distance Runners, composed for Philip Thomas. Included in The Wire's top 50 recordings of 2014.

Pianist: Pieces





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

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

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Initial posts include discussions of performance issues concerning the music of Bryn Harrison, Tim Parkinson and Morton Feldman. You can navigate back to the main website via the blog menu.

An extensive interview with Philip about his new Christian Wolff CD release can be found at Sound American





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