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Une Saison en Enfer @ Wigmore Hall


Last night Allan Clayton and Aurora Orchestra gave the premiere of Une saison en enfer, my setting of parts of Arthur Rimbaud's epic poem of the same name, under the baton of Brett Dean, in a concert as part of the Wigmore Hall's Britten Series which also included the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and Les Illuminations.

I'm very grateful to Allan not only for his incredible performance despite being ill, but also for his idea of approaching me for this project in the first place; it has been a fascinating journey into the ever-mysterious world of Rimbaud's writing and I feel immensely lucky to have had the privilege to work with such world-class musicians.  

"the unqualified success of the evening" - Bachtrack

"a journey almost as richly coloured as Rimbaud’s own lurid psychodrama" - Arts Desk

Ex:Re with 12 ensemble @ Kings Place


On Saturday we celebrated the 1-year anniversary of the Ex:Re record release with two concerts at Kings Place (part of their series Venus Unwrapped), for which I arranged the 10 songs from the album to be performed by Elena with the string group 12 ensemble, and a few with me on the piano too. It was a really beautiful evening and I’m really proud and grateful to have been able to make this project a reality.

"This one-off rendition…ascends the album to another level of artistry." - RIOT

The concerts were recorded and we hope to be able to bring this special performance out as a record next year. In the meantime, you can see how happy I was walking off-stage on the picture below (© Marika Kochiashvilli).

The Nearer the Fountain - Iceland


I have just returned from 3 beautiful (and dark) days in Iceland, working on Damon Albarn's new project The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows

We will be touring with the piece in May/June next year. Find out all the dates here.

NARCISSE premiere


NARCISSE happened. And it was great. I'm exhausted.

I can't wait for the project to tour around France next year and beyond. I hope you can see it. Find out all the dates and more on l'Arcal's website.

Ex:Re final show @ Into The Great Wide Open


On Friday Ex:Re played the last show of the summer at Into The Great Wide Open on the beautiful island of Vlieland in the Netherlands. What an amazing adventure it has been over the past year, l'll miss playing with these 3 wonderful people dearly!

Now on to a busy Autumn...

(photo © Tom Van Huisstede)

Writhen Britten Sinfonia Academy


This year I was lucky to be asked by the Britten Sinfonia to write a piece for their group of young players, the Britten Sinfonia Academy. The result, as part of a programme around folk music, is a piece called Writhen, which uses folk songs from France, England and Lithuania on the subject of young women's coming of age.

I was really impressed by the orchestra's talent and dedication as they learned my piece and made it theirs. They have performed it twice so far, in London and Cambridge, and have one more performance of it tomorrow in Norwich!

Here is a picture taken at last week's Daylight Music at the Union Chapel, of the orchestra + me presenting the piece before it was premiered (© Paul Hudson)

Britten Sinfonia interview


I answered a few questions for the Britten Sinfonia. You can read them here.

(pic: Brian Sweeney © for Spitalfields Music)

lignéchos @ SIMN Romania


Yesterday my music was heard in Romania for the first time! The brilliant SonoMania Ensemble gave a performance of my trio lignéchos at the George Enescu Museum in Bucharest, as part of the International Week of New Music. I had a very surreal under-24h trip there, but am so grateful to the wonderful musicians who made it happen and to the festival for inviting me. 

Here is a blurry photo of most of the ensemble (including Mircea, Mihai and Madalina who played my piece) with me and composer Daniela Terranova who also had a piece played in the concert. Thanks to Diana Rotaru for taking it.

12 ensemble + Elena Tonra @ Sound Unbound 


Last night Elena and 12 ensemble premiered one of the arrangements from our Ex:Re with 12 ensemble project at the Barbican's Sound Unbound festival. It was really moving to see them come together to perform 'My Heart', and I am now impatient to arrange the whole album for our concert at King's Place in November... Last tickets here:


(picture by Marika Kochiashvili)

Lisa Hannigan with s t a r g a z e: Nowhere to go


A video of Lisa Hannigan and Stargaze performing my arrangement of Lisa's song 'Nowhere to Go' has made it onto YouTube! watch below.

Ex:Re EU tour


Back from a mini EU tour with Ex:Re playing sold out shows in London, Brussels and Paris.

Next gigs will be a handful of festivals this summer, including Green Man in August. Hope you can come and watch this great, ephemeral project live before it's too late!

Here is a picture of us at the Café de la Danse in Paris (pic by Matthieu Chatenay).

They Are Waiting For You @ Kaaitheater, Brussels


Had great fun singing in artist Laure Prouvost's amazing show They Are Waiting For You, in collaboration with artist Sam Belinfante, choreographer Pierre Droulers and percussionist Eli Keszler, last week in Brussels. A beautiful, dream-like, almost indescribable journey through everyday objects and associations, transporting you to all sorts of places... Laure is representing France at the Venice Biennale this year, I have no doubt her piece is going to be really special. Look out for it if you go!


Shuffle @ Queen Elizabeth Hall


On 17th January the London Sinfonietta performed the piece I wrote for them as part of their Writing the Future scheme, called Shuffle, for the first time.

"intuitive in unfolding [...] atmospheric" - Classical Source

The concert also featured a premiere by my friend Oliver Leith and pieces by James Dillon, Oliver Knussen and Harrison Birtwistle. Below is a picture of Oli & me being interviewed by the conductor Jonathan Berman before our premieres.

Sinfonia Viva @ Derby Theatre


Yesterday Sinfonia Viva performed a new short piece I wrote for them as part of their STEM-based education project this year, 'Algorhythms'. The piece is called By red.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to be there, but managed to make a video appearance:

4AD presents Revue @ Japan


I recently came back from a mini-tour with Ex:Re in Japan, my first time there. We were part of a triple bill presented by the label 4AD, along with Deerhunter and Gang Gang Dance, playing in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo. It was an amazing experience!

Here is a picture of us all on stage in Tokyo which I found on Twitter 

Ex:Re - BBC6 session


Yesterday Ex:Re was invited to do a live session on BBC Radio 6 Music. Here is a video of us performing the first single 'Romance':

Enero @ Listenpony


A video of Laura Snowden performing the guitar piece I wrote for her last year for Listenpony, Enero, is now online: