Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Philip Venables

Philip Venables, the first Guildhall School/Royal Opera House Doctoral Composer-in-Residence
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Opera House have announced that the composer Philip Venables will be the first Doctoral Composer in Residence starting in September 2013. Venables will be researching a writing a new major work for performance in the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio in 2016. The position effectively combines the role of composer in residence with a Doctoral thesis, the Doctoral Composer-in-Residence studentship is part of the Guildhall School’s doctoral programme which is validated by City University London.

Fully funded by the Guildhall School and supported by the Royal Opera House, the studentship offers one composer every two years the opportunity to be ‘Doctoral Composer-in-Residence’ over a three year period, culminating in the performance of a major work. The principal supervisor of the studentship is the Guildhall School’s Head of Composition, Dr Julian Philips, who was the first ever Composer-in-Residence at Glyndebourne. Philips’ new opera, an adaptation of Ted Hughes’ How the Whale Became, receives its world premiere at the Royal Opera House in December 2013. The rehearsal period for this work will offer the opportunity for Venables to shadow Philips in the process of staging his new opera. Philip Venables will be supported in his research by a distinguished team, drawn jointly from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal Opera House.

Philip Venables is the Artistic Director of Endymion and founder/director of the Fourfortytwo agency. He holds a London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub residency at LSO St Luke's and made his first solo disc in 2013. His current opera projects include workshops for his first full-length opera The Schmürz with librettist Michael Brett and London Contemporary Opera in November 2013 at the Barbican, directed by Nicholas Broadhurst and conducted by Andrew Watts with the full production taking place throughout Europe and the UK in 2014 and a music-theatre project in planning with Turner Prize-winner Douglas Gordon, singer Ruth Rosenfeld and producer/dramaturg Laura Berman for 2015.

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