2016

The Francis Crick Institute, London: Music Director for the Royal Opening Ceremony of the institute’s inauguration with HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Centre Pompidou-Metz, France: Artistic Director for a John Cage Musicircus with 110 musicians, choruses, dancers, actors, performers scattered throughout the museum complex for a 2 hour performance.

 

2015

Wellcome Trust VIP Gala, London: 34 musicians scattered throughout the Wellcome Collection building.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Cornwall residency: Composer-in-Residence for a performance of Dark Sun – August, 1945 at RAF Culdrose Airforce Base with the composer conducting the 220 massed forces of the BSO, Royal Navy Band, and chorus.

 

2014

Brew Dog Brewery, Scotland: Brew Dog Howls. A late night event in an Aberdeenshire brewery for narrator, audience, beer bottle ensemble, bass clarinet, brass and woodwind choirs, bag pipes, and percussion.

 

2012

English National Opera, London: John Cage centennial: Musicircus. 147 performers placed throughout the foyer spaces of ENO.

Old Royal Naval College, LondonOut of the Cage! 387 performers of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.

 

2010

Dartington International Summer School: Gavin’s Farewell. For 90 performers, 6 automobiles, symphonic brass & percussion.

 

2009

Royal Observatory, Greenwich: Harmony of the Spheres. A 3 hour event for seven satellites of dancers, actors, musicians scattered throughout the observatory buildings and grounds. 107 performers from Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance.

 

2008

Isle of Mull, Duart Castle, Scotland & Dartington International Summer School, Devon: Apparitions. Late night 120 min. music theatre work performed in castles with 85 masked performers, video-installations (Kathy Hinde), masks-costumes-installations (Alex Julyan) and lighting design (James Loudon).

 

2007

Albert Memorial, Hyde Park, London & Brands Hatch Race Track, Kent for the World Superbike ChampionshipsBennetts Bike Concerto. A music theatre event for 8 motorcycles, symphonic brass ensemble, two drummers and solo piano (World Superbike Champion, James Toesland, piano soloist).

 

2006

London: Colourscape Festival: Sonic Swamp. A one hour multimedia event for 18 musicians, dancers and actors performing inside a giant (half the size of a football field) inflatable sculpture by Peter Jonas on Clapham Common.

National Portrait Gallery, London: Facing the Carnyx. A half hour music theatre event for Carnyx - a 2000 year old Celtic war horn and 70 masked wind, brass and percussion scattered throughout the galleries commissioned for the 150th Anniversary of the NPG.

Trondheim, Norway: Directed a John Cage Musicircus with 100 performers, musicians and dancers in a 3 hour event. 10th Anniversary UK Tour of Maurice Agis’s Dreamspace (1996-2006)

 

2005

Dartington International Summer School, Devon: In memoriam August, 1945. A full evening event commemorating the end of World War II with a programme of large orchestral and choral works by Stephen Montague scored for 350 performers;

Bright Interiors IV. a 16 channel sound environment for Maurice Agis’s Dreamspace, a giant inflatable sculpture installed at Tower Bridge, London.

 

2004

Barbican Centre, London: Artistic Advisor for the BBC Symphony’s John Cage UnCaged Composer Weekend. Artistic Director of Musicircus, a “happening” with 347 performers, 51 instrumental and vocal groups including the BBC Symphony Chorus, bass guitarist John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin); Stefan Buzacski (TV mushroom expert), amplified cacti, Yoko Ono, Gavin Bryars, Piano Circus, dancers, a cell phone symphony ensemble, an Irish fiddle band, a tuba in the toilet, video projections (Kathy Hinde), exploded piano sculpture and other sculptures (Alex Julyan), etc.

 

2003

Abbey Mode: A Sound & Light Event [Commission: Bath International Music Festival], Bath Abbey, Bath: The finale of the Bath Festival in Bath Abbey scored for orchestra, masked chorus, symphonic wind band, bell ringers, drummers, organ, video projections (Kathy Hinde), special lighting (James Loudon), a 1000 balloons and 4 channel surround sound. Finalist in British Academy Music Awards, 2004.

Hampstead & Highgate Festival, London: Opening Event [Commission: Hampstead & Highgate Festival, London] Location: Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath. Various ensembles and soloists performing a wide range of classical, contemporary and folk music throughout the afternoon.

Outside: two performances of Horn Concerto for an orchestra of Classic automobiles & klaxon horn soloists. Actors Timothy West and Simon Callow, klaxon soloists.

 

2002

Dreamspace [Commission: Copenhagen Cultural Ministry], Copenhagen: A large, inflatable sculpture by Maurice Agis (100 metres x 100 metres) with 32 channel sound environment by Stephen Montague (Bright Interiors III). The latest, largest creation of versions dating back to 1987. Toured world-wide annually.

 

2000

Green Bridge Horn Concerto [Commission: Tower Hamlets Council, London], London:  With artist Alex Julyan, a version of Horn Concerto adding 40 bicycles (in specially designed costumes), 35 pedestrians (in costumes and with flags), and a line up of “orchestral cars” which included Blue Bird (world land speed record holder race car), vintage motorcycles, a garbage truck and a double decker city bus performing for the opening of the new “Green Bridge” (Piers Gough) in London’s East End.

Ickelton, Cambridgeshire: Bells of Remembrance [Commission: Year of the Artist Millennium Commission, Cambridge Festival] for Remembrance Day 2000 in Ickelton Parish Church, near Cambridge, for chamber orchestra, solo trumpet, chorus, children’s choir, bell ringers, organ, 8 channel sound installation, smoke machine, readings, sculpture & slides (Alexandra Julyan).

 

1999

Northumberland: A Pastorale Symphony [a Year of the Artist Millennium proposal] with Alexandra Julyan, for two large herds of colour-dyed sheep wearing specially commissioned tuned sheep bells and two sheep dogs and a shepherd herding the “symphonic sheep ensembles” down a “stereo” pair of hills for a tutti finale.

Oxford, Cambridge, Nottingham, London: Organised and directed Mauricio Kagel’s Eine Brieze for 111 bicycles, bells & whistles.

 

1998

Horn Concerto [Commission: ISCM Festival- Manchester].

For klaxon horn soloist (critic Stephen Johnson) and an orchestra of automobiles. Premiered at the steps of Manchester Town Hall with a rank of black taxi cabs live on BBC breakfast television.

Aldeburgh, Suffolk: Beach, Band & Bolder  [Commission: Aldeburgh Festival 50th Anniversary]. For a 1000 performers on Aldeburgh beach conducted from the bow of the Lifeboat tug by the composer: 8 large instrumental groups, four channel sound system, a “rock” band ensemble (playing rocks), two church choirs, church bells (two churches), a row of shop burglar alarms, an ice cream van (14 tunes), a sextet of Vintage cars (horns, lights & engine roars); a chorus of cats (5), a chorus of dogs (10); 5 sailboats (warning horns and flares), 4 motor launches, a fog horn, fireworks and a Life Boat maroon.

 

 

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