Parkinson Saunders sing some songs

May 13, 2015 / 0 comments

Tim has uploaded the recordings we made of some of his songs last year in Bath. This is the first set, songs 2011, that we have performed a few times, and there’s also a second set of five, songs 2012, that we’ve just recorded. Not sure we’ll try those live just yet, although we do get to…

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you and me

October 8, 2014 / 1 comment

Here’s a short film of the performance I did with Manuel Zurria at the Italian Cultural Institute in London last week. The idea was for Manuel to play pieces with each of the composers, and a solo by Sciarrino. In addition to playing my piece lots and lots for us to do, he played pieces by…

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London Odda Oslo Huddersfield

September 12, 2014 / 0 comments

I’ve got a few performances coming up in the next month or so. Firstly, I’ll be playing with Manuel Zurria at the Italian Cultural Institute in London on 2 October as part of a project where he has asked composers to write him pieces in which they also play. We’ll be giving the first performance of…

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they said what to do

September 5, 2014 / 0 comments

Here’s the video of my piece you say what to do (2014) performed by Mark Knoop and Serge Vuille with audience volunteers (including me) at the SPOR Festival in Denmark in May. The video has come out really well, and the difference in urgency between the two groups is very apparent.  

somewhere a field

July 29, 2014 / 0 comments

Here’s the film of the realisation Paul Whitty and I made of my piece the range of outside factors influencing it, as well as its own radius of action a couple of weeks ago. The piece involves a source recording from a different location being played back, with players reinforcing sounds in both the recording and immediate…

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instruments with recordings in Bristol

July 26, 2014 / 1 comment

Here’s a film of our performance of instruments with recordings from the set at Cafe Kino in Bristol earlier in the year. Thanks to Seth Cooke for the video.

Stewart Lee tells them what to do

June 26, 2014 / 0 comments

Here’s a video of my piece I tell you what to do performed by Stewart Lee and Magnitude Music at the Village Underground as part of the Spitalfields Festival. It’s another piece in the series things to do, which uses spoken cues to instruct musicians to make sounds in four different categories. This piece has a…

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upcoming performances

February 24, 2014 / 0 comments

I’ve got a few performances on the horizon over the next couple of months, beginning with Will Montgomery’s POLYproject>5 event at Centre for Creative Collaboration in London, which is a performance of location composite #6: Waterloo Station, London using text descriptions provided by poets Amy Cutler, Andrew Spragg and Chris McCabe. On 8 March, Luke Nickel…

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Parkinson Saunders at Kings Place

February 19, 2014 / 0 comments

Tim and I are doing a Parkinson Saunders 10th anniversary special at Kings Place on Sunday 11 May as part of their Out Hear series. We’re playing some old favourites I expect, along with some new pieces by some lovely composers we like. More on that soon. We did our first concerts in Huddersfield and London in…

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Performance at Cafe Kino

December 29, 2013 / 0 comments

I’m playing at a Bang the Bore night at Cafe Kino in Stokes Croft, Bristol on Sunday 5 January. We’ll be doing three pieces for mixed ensembles, starting with a version of the piece I just made for the Arditti Quartet, but played by four violins and double bass. I’ve just put together a version…

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Several 2nds at Arnolfini

October 13, 2013 / 0 comments

On Wednesday I took part in the Several 2nds series at Arnolfini in a session organised by Andy Keep in which we worked through four of my pieces with a fantastic group of Bristol musicians. It was a great opportunity to work on some pieces afresh, and to try out some new ideas which might…

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murmuration at Cafe Oto

October 15, 2012 / 0 comments

Saturday was a very good day. Simon Reynell had organised what was, I believe, the biggest ensemble to perform at Cafe Oto, comprising a group of c.40 players as part of the launch of the new Another Timbre boxed set Wandelweiser und so weiter. As it turned out, the standard new music concern of ensemble…

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circus on

September 20, 2012 / 0 comments

Here’s the video of the full performance of our realisation of Cage’s _____, ___ ______ CIRCUS ON __________. The score provides instructions for ‘translating a book into a performance without actors, a performance which is both literary and musical, or one or the other’. Our version had the title Bowbarovsk, a Travelling Circus on Nights at the…

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a lot of mess

September 7, 2012 / 0 comments

Here’s a recording made by Matt Davies of our performance of a new piece I made for the Cage 100 event in Bristol last week. It’s called AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED DEVICES BEING TURNED ON AND OFF and was performed at the end of the show. We each sourced as many electrical and mechanical devices…

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objects and sounds

September 6, 2012 / 0 comments

Here are a few pictures from yesterday’s Cage birthday concert at the College Project in Bristol, together with Dominic Lash’s installation of his score for object network at home a little later.  I also recorded some sounds emanating from a nearby building before the concert. listen to ‘Power tools in a building at College Arts’ on…

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Cage 100 at Artspace

August 27, 2012 / 1 comment

Cage 100 at Artspace College, Bristol Artspace College Project, Timsbury Walk, Knowle, Bristol BS3 5JJ Starts at 8:00pm. Join us for a celebration of the life and work of John Cage on Wednesday 5th September 2012, 100 years since his birth. Bristol-based musicians, composers, and artists will perform and exhibit works by Cage, works inspired…

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songs 2011

July 17, 2012 / 0 comments

Here is a video of our performance of Tim’s and I do like  from songs 2011 at Kings Place on 15 July.

Audiograft at Kings Place

July 16, 2012 / 0 comments

There was a repeat performance of the Audiograft event Lost and Found at Kings Place yesterday, organised by Paul Whitty. It featured performances by [rout], Kerry Yong, The Albion Players, and Parkinson Saunders. Tim and I played his four songs 2011, and [rout] played a couple of pieces from my series divisions that could be autonomous but…

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foraging for sounds

July 15, 2012 / 0 comments

I’ve been in St Andrews for a couple of days for the World Saxophone Congress to hear the new piece for eight saxophones that was commissioned by RICO, the reed manufacturer. I had some time on Saturday, so went for a long walk along the beach next to the Old Course. Apart from being adopted…

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Parkinson Saunders website

June 5, 2012 / 0 comments

Tim and I finally have a Parkinson Saunders website. It’s only taken us ten years – it’s our anniversary website! There are a few recordings and videos there at the moment, and we’ll add more content over the coming months. You can visit us at

Cage performance at Bath International Music Festival

June 4, 2012 / 0 comments

The realisation of Cage’s _______, ___ ______ CIRCUS ON ______ which I made with  colleagues and students at Bath Spa University was performed last Friday, and was reviewed positively by Ivan Hewett in the Telegraph. We used Nights at the Circus (the circus reference is circumstantial) by the Festival’s featured writer Angela Carter as the source…

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Songs 2011 by Tim Parkinson

March 14, 2012 / 0 comments

Paul Whitty made this film of Parkinson Saunders performing Tim’s songs 2011 in the Audiograft festival at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford on 1 March. We had so much fun doing these, and will hopefully be singing (?) them again at Kings Place in the summer. They are fairly chaotic in places. This is intentional and,…

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Patrick Farmer's materials after Audiograft performance

Richard Pinnell on Parkinson Saunders at Audiograft

March 4, 2012 / 0 comments

Tim and I had a great time rehearsing and performing his songs 2011 at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford onThursday. There seemed to be a of of people filming and taking photos, so I’ll upload some evidence if any materialises. In the meantime, here’s Richard Pinnell’s review of the performance at The Watchful Ear (see…

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February 21, 2012 / 0 comments

Here’s a picture of [rout] rehearsing for a performance of my piece nothing reveals itself without at the same time concealing something else for Audiograft in Oxford on 1 March. They are also playing imperfections on the surface are occasionally apparent, and I’ll be performing with Parkinson Saunders, doing some new songs by Tim. There’s some information…

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imperfections on the surface are occasionally apparent

November 25, 2011 / 0 comments

Edges Ensemble gave a lovely performance of my piece imperfections on the surface are occasionally apparent on Monday at hcmf. It was a carefully choreographed event, with pieces by Tim Parkinson, Michael Parsons, Christian Wollf and Stefan Thut  being played without a break. They are a great group, all students in Huddersfield, organised by Philip Thomas. I…

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music we’d like to hear

July 27, 2011 / 0 comments

Parkinson Saunders played in the final concert of this year’s music we’d like to hear on 15 July, alongside violin duos played by Angharad Davies and Sara Hubrich. There are some nice pictures from the rehearsal taken by Markus Trunk below. Tim and I had a lovely time playing Michael Parsons’ Pentechordal Melody in a…

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