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The Myth of Deforestation
I have received funding from Creative Scotland to develop and stage my opera 'The Myth of Deforestation' in Glasgow in 2023. The piece draws on five ancient cautionary myths about what happens when you cut down a tree and sets them against a backdrop of modern-day misinformation that attempts to frame deforestation as merely a 'myth'.
Performance in Practice Podcast
I appeared as a guest on Spectra Ensemble's 'Performance in Practice' podcast episode on 'Relevance'. You can listen to the episode on Anchor.
I am writing a new set of instrumental solos during lockdown. Available to download from the Catalogue page.
'Are you serious? Analysing exaggeration in Richard Ayres's No.37b' published in TEMPO
My article was published in TEMPO in May 2020. Accessible on their website.
Music Studies on a Damaged Planet
I will be presenting a paper on 'Musicology's place in the environmentalist ecosystem' at this conference taking place in London in March 2020 http://www.the-imr.uk/music-studies-on-a-damaged-planet-sound-responses-to-environmental-breakdown This was rescheduled and eventually took place in October 2020.
'The Storm' published in Textual Practice
My short article on my opera The Storm has been published in the journal Textual Practice https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0950236X.2020.1721010
Southampton Music Analysis Conference
I will be presenting my paper 'Analysing exaggeration in contemporary classical music' at the 2019 annual Society for Music Analysis conference taking place at Southampton University https://www.southampton.ac.uk/music/news/events/2019/07/29-southampton-music-analysis-conference.page
Ivan Juritz Prize shortlisting
My opera The Storm has been shortlisted for the 2019 Ivan Juritz Prize http://www.ivanjuritzprize.co.uk/
My piece Miscommunication for Mezzo-Soprano and percussion will be workshopped and performed at the 2019 Royal Musical Association Conference in Manchester https://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/music/connect/events/rma2019/
Music Analysis Conference 2019
I will be presenting my paper 'Analysing Exaggeration in Contemporary Classical Music' at the 2019 SMA Music Analysis Conference at Southampton University on 29th July.
Show Some Restraint!
My orchestral piece, Show Some Restraint, will be featured as part of a workshop and masterclass with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Sally Beamish on Saturday 2nd March. You can book tickets here: https://www.bsolive.com/bsocomposersday2019/ or follow-along with the score via their website: http://www.bsolive.com/composers-day-scores/
My piece for spoken voice and ensemble, I'm Sorry, will be performed as part of Sound Thought festival 2019. Concert at 3:15 on Sunday 17th February in the theatre at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/sound-thought-signal-2019
My new opera, Last Thursday, to a libretto by Gareth Mattey, will be performed as part of Collisions Festival at the Central school of Speech and Drama on the 26th-27th September. Tickets available at https://www.cssd.ac.uk/event/collisions-festival-2018
Glasgow University Teaching position
From September 2018 I will be taking up a teaching position at Glasgow University, teaching composition, orchestration, and music analysis among other fields.
Soleils Couchants, my piece for bass oboe, alto, and piano will be premiered in a concert given by oboist Michael Sluman at King's College chapel on the 27th of May at 7:30pm. https://soundcloud.com/mikey-sluman
The Storm film
A film of Helios Collective's production of The Storm in November 2017 is now available online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=helee7Ma580&feature=youtu.be
Rendezvous 2 Concert
I will be performing a new set of piano pieces at a concert on Tuesday 27th March at 7:30pm at St James' Church, Islington https://www.facebook.com/events/199524187308948/
Anhedoniac, first performance
My ensemble piece, Anhedoniac, will be performed on the 28th of March as part of a concert organised by the King's College Modern Music Society.
Formations 2017 tickets on sale
Tickets for the Formations masterclasses and performances, featuring my new opera The Storm are now available here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/helioscollective
Rendezvous: King's College London Concert
My pieces Suite for Cello and Viola da Gamba and Ghosts and Children will be premiered at a concert at King's College London on Wednesday 22nd November in the St David's Room at 8pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1964089103858553/
I am writing a miniature opera based on Kate Chopin's short story 'The Storm' for Helios Collective, scheduled for performance on the 16th and 17th of November 2017 alongside a sequence of masterclasses. Information is available at http://heliIoscollective.org/formations-masterclasses-2017/.
I have been selected as an associate member of the LSO Sounhub scheme for the next two years. https://lso.co.uk/lso-discovery/the-next-generation/lso-soundhub.html
Grimeborn Opera Festival
The second run of Collision will be taking place at Grimeborn opera festival on the 17th, 18th and 19th of August 2017. Tickets are available here: http://www.arcolatheatre.com/event/collision/
Collage and Crisis?
A research symposium on collage in the arts in the interwar period will be taking place at University College London from 2pm until 6pm on Friday the 26th of May at which I will be discussing the composition of my opera Collision and its relationship to the art of Kurt Schwitters.
Collision: A Comic Opera in Banalities
My new opera, Collision, will be premiered at the Greenwood Theatre on the 24th of May at 8pm. Tickets for this and the following performance are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collision-a-comic-opera-in-banalities-tickets-33445867490?aff=eac2
Collision preview concert
On the 11th of April 2017 we had a very exciting preview concert in the Great Hall at King's College London at which we performed the music from my upcoming comic opera collision for the first time.
Helen Grime Masterclass
On the 10th of March 2017 I had a masterclass with composer Helen Grime at which I presented on my ensemble piece Pealed Eyes and got some very nice feedback.
Look After Yourself online feature
My electronic piece, Look After Yourself, is currently being featured as part of an online showcase of work by current research students at King's College London. https://currentlyatkings.com/2016/10/20/look-after-yourself-music-for-keeping-in-touch/
More or Less New Zealand Premiere
My piece for piano trio, More or Less, is being taken on tour to New Zealand by the Dolmen Ensemble from 16th November 2016. http://www.roslnz.org.nz/events-and-scholarships/new-zealand-events/
Spectra Ensemble now has a new website, which contains all the details about upcoming projects, including a staging of 'Liturgie' after Diaghilev and Goncharova taking place in December. http://www.spectraensemble.co.uk
Ivan Juritz Prize
'Performing Colour/Staging Sound' has been shortlisted for the Ivan Juritz Prize for creative responses to modernism: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/centres/cmlc/modcomp/competition.aspx
Look After Yourself
On 19th May 2016 I will be giving the first performance of a new piece, 'Look After Yourself' for piano and laptop, exploring the joys and tribulations of sustaining long distance relationships through the mediation of 21st century technology, which both collapses distance and heightens our awareness of it.
I have produced a number of short musical tracks for a University of Oxford psychological study on attention and memory to be played to the participants when awake and asleep.
The Pitchfork Disney
I have been writing a new musical soundtrack to accompany performances of Philip RIdley's play, The Pitchfork Disney. Performances will be taking place on Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th and Wednesday 16th March at the Strand Campus of King's College London.
You can hear a clip from the soundtrack on my Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/lewis-coenen-rowe/the-pitchfork-disney-teaser
Oboist Meredith Hughes will be performing my piece for oboe and piano in a concert in Oxford on Thursday 10th March. https://www.facebook.com/events/836397706469196/
The next instalment of the Rendezvous concert series, featuring new pieces by student composers, will take place at 7:30 pm on Sunday 15th November in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College, Oxford. Entry is free.
More or Less
My new piece, More or Less for clarinet trio, will be performed by Sam Howie, Edward King and Carson Becke at St James' Church in London on the 11th November 2015, followed by performances in Malta as part of the 'Commonwealth Resounds' Music Festival:
I have started a composition PhD at King's College London, in the course of which I will be exploring various issues around the perception and cognition of music, how experimental music can achieve immediacy, and the theory of multi-media.
I am currently working with Spectra Ensemble producing music to accompany dada artist Kurt Schwitters' 1928 opera libretto 'Collision'. More information about Spectra can be found on their page: