22nd August 2018

10 a.m.


Gather with other creative musicians to examine varied approaches to composition and make new music.

Larry Goves, composer

Hanna Hartman, sound artist & composer
Tim Parkinson, composer
Amber Priestley, composer
James Saunders, composer
Juliet Fraser, soprano
and members of The House of Bedlam

Led by leading figures in contemporary music with interest and practice overlapping with experimental performance art, this new course aims to broaden the perspectives of open-minded composers and performers. Rather than dividing participants into categories, it seeks only to encourage the creation of new works.

Starting with an alternative narrative of historical performance art (traced through Dada, Bauhaus, and Fluxus) and how it shapes current experimental musical practice, participants will then work collaboratively in the forging of original works. Topics to be covered include: different approaches to instruments; different roles in the creative process for performers and composers; fluidity between graphic, tablature and traditional notation; considering devised, composed and improvisation practice as equal stimuli in the creation of new music.

Applications are invited from creative musicians, whether instrumentalists, singers or composers (who need not be performers themselves).

Final Concert: Friday 24 August

Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP




20th July 2018

7:30 p.m.

Music We'd Like To Hear 2018.3

Music We

Johanna Beyer – String Quartet No.2 (1936)

Georgia Rodgers – Three pieces for string quartet (2015)

Maya Verlaak – New Work*** (2018)

Martin Arnold – Contact; Vault (1997)


Apartment House:

Gordon MacKay, Mira Benjamin, Bridget Carey and Anton Lukoszevieze


For our final programme we welcome back the musicians of Apartment House to present four works for string quartet.


Johanna Beyer (1888–1944) is chiefly known today as the composer of one of the first electronic works, Music of the Spheres (1938). She was one of the most colourful and individual voices of the early American avant garde, yet long under-represented in concert programming. Recently, though, Beyer’s work has been enjoying a renaissance. 

Georgia Rodgers’ shimmering Three pieces for string quartet were supported by the Sound and Music Embedded Scheme, and premiered by the Bozzini Quartet at Woodend Barn, Banchory, Scotland for their Composer’s Kitchen project.  

We are delighted to commission a new work from Maya Verlaak, curator of the Post Paradise concert series in Birmingham, which has exploded onto the scene in recent years with fascinating programmes of new sounds and voices. 

To end the 2018 series, a performance of Canadian composer Martin Arnold’s reinvention of the string quartet, Contact; Vault. With its long, delirious melody and quiet intensity, this singular work will play us out as the sun sets on this summer’s selection of music we’d like to hear. 

doors 19:00, music 19:30

St Mary at Hill, Lovat Lane, London EC3R 8EE

£12 advance, £15 on the door




13th July 2018

7:30 p.m.

Music We'd Like To Hear 2018.2

Music We

Laura Steenberge – Byzantine Rites** (2018)

Kevin Volans – Matepe (1980)

Michael Parsons – Variations (1971)

Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad – Music for Boxes* (2018)


Mira Benjamin, Francesca Fargion,
Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad, Tim Parkinson, Laura Steenberge, and Mustafa Walker

We are very fortunate to be joined by Laura Steenberge from Los Angeles, who leads a performance of some of her Byzantine Rites, a rich ongoing collection of performance pieces drawn from fascinations with myth and ritual.

The second half of the concert features the UK premiere of Music for Boxes by Norwegian composer Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad, an arresting sonic environment created in close collaboration with violinist Mira Benjamin. 

As a first interlude to these sets, Francesca Fargion and Tim Parkinson give a rare performance of Kevin Volans’ Matepe for two harpsichords, a work which the South African composer has referred to as ‘invented folklore’, marrying African and European techniques and aesthetics.

Our second interlude is an exquisite piano miniature, Variations by Michael Parsons, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year.

doors 19:00, music 19:30

St Mary at Hill, Lovat Lane, London EC3R 8EE

£12 advance, £15 on the door




6th July 2018

7:30 p.m.

Music We'd Like To Hear 2018.1

Music We

Catherine Lamb – nodes, various* (2010)

Hermann Meier – Klavierstück 1968*

Hermann Meier – Flecken* (1980)

Robert Ashley – Superior Seven* (1988)


The Mark Knoop Supergroup:

Mark Knoop (piano and director), Ilze Ikse (flute), Chloë Abbott (trumpet), Alice Purton (cello), Newton Armstrong (electronics) 

Rarely heard music by Catherine Lamb, Herman Meier, and Robert Ashley in small ensembles under the supervision of Mark Knoop. 


Catherine Lamb’s prismatic music is becoming better known in the UK. In this programme we present nodes, various, an early work in her continuing exploration of the behaviour of frequencies throughout an open space.

The remarkable work of Swiss composer Hermann Meier (1906–2002) has been gaining attention following a recent exhibition and symposium at the Hochschule der Künste, Bern. As far as we know, this may well be the first presentation of Meier’s direct and uncompromising music in the UK. Thanks to the assistance of Meier's archivist Marc Kilchenmann, we present Klavierstück 1968 alongside a realisation of Flecken, a work of cluster fields and static blocks of sonic material for eight electronic sound sources.

Perhaps best known as a composer of operas, Robert Ashley composed his flute concerto Superior Seven for Barbara Held in 1988. After releasing a version with MIDI orchestra on New World Records, Ashley toured a live version. In collaboration with Mimi Johnson and Tom Hamilton, we have reassembled the score of this beguiling and mysterious work for this concert. 

doors 19:00, music 19:30

£12 advance, £15 on the door

St Mary at Hill, Lovat Lane, London EC3R 8EE





30th June 2018

8:15 p.m.

Time With People @ La Chaux-de-Fonds

Time With People @ La Chaux-de-Fonds

Time with people, un opéra (2012)

Performed by Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain





29th June 2018

8:15 p.m.

Time With People @ La Chaux-de-Fonds

Time With People @ La Chaux-de-Fonds

Time with people, un opéra (2012)

Performed by Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain

29 & 30 JUIN 2018 • 20H15




Time with People est la rencontre entre la scène et la vie de tous les jours.
Une vision surréaliste du quotidien aux frontières entre musique et théâtre de l’absurde.

Avec la participation des étudiants de la filière de théâtre musical de la Haute école des arts de Berne HKB
LOUIS D'HEUDIÈRES, adaptation française et mise en scène







7th June 2018

7 p.m.

All Of This Has Happened Before @ Bagnolet

All Of This Has Happened Before @ Bagnolet

Premiere of All Of This Has Happened Before (2017) by performers from Ecole Paul-Langevin directed by Thierry Madiot, commissioned by Lutherie Urbaine  and Conservatoire de Musique Erik Satie. 

Also featuring songs 2011 performed by Thierry Madiot and Tim Parkinson, drum piece and melodica and percussion performed by Romeo Monteiro.

Château de l'Etang, 93170 Bagnolet, FRANCE




24th May 2018

7:30 p.m.

a quiet night in

a quiet night in

St Martin’s Church

Cathedral Close

Exeter EX1 1EZ


An evening of 

quiet, contemporary music

For solo, duo and quintet



Louis d”Heudieres     Laughter Studies 2

Tim Parkinson         violin piece 1999

Jeph Jerman         For Tony Whitehead

Charlie Sdraulig         Few




Dan Cray, Roz Hardling, Ruth Molins, Emma Welton, Tony Whitehead


pay what you decide on the door


part of Art Week Exeter



13th April 2018

7 p.m.

Cultuurcentrum Brugge

Cultuurcentrum Brugge

G.A.M.E. (Anne Zeuwts, Teresa Doblinger, Clara Levy, Caterina Roberti, Carlo Siega, Ward Ginneberge) will perform Opus 1, Opus 2 and Opus 4 from Time With People at the "Playtime" Exhibition at Cultuurcentrum Brugge.

De Bond, Buiten Smedenvest 1, 8000 Brugge

While all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.’ 
(Marcel Duchamp)

Cultuurcentrum Brugge’s 2017-2018 season is all about games. 80 years ago, Dutch historian Johan Huizinga published his famous book ‘Homo Ludens’ (Man the Player). Today, we cannot imagine cultural life today without games and gaming. According to Huizinga, the importance of games (and playing) as a cultural activity dates back to the beginning of mankind. People mainly want to play and games serve as a preparation for personal and social reality. 

The ‘Playtime’ exhibition connects the universe of games and gaming with the aspect of play in the creation and the performance of various art forms. The exhibition links visual arts with performances and music and makes a distinction between ‘play’ in a literal and in a metaphorical sense. 
American artist Craig Havens examines the social and economic aspects of the famous television game Wheel of Fortune. In a second work, he focuses on playgrounds behind the former Iron Curtain.  

With his interactive installations and performances, Belgian artist Joris Perdieus studies the various aspects of the stage machinery, the scenery and the stage that are used to perform a play in front of an audience.

Wim Wauman’s virtuoso wooden sculptures, photographic collages and participatory projects combine the play with shapes and themes on the one hand with modernist theatre and modernist film decors on the other, thus  creating a link between the literal and the metaphorical aspects of play. 

During the opening and the finissage, various performances will be presented by artists, performers and musicians. 




24th March 2018

7 p.m.

At Cross-Purposes: Music for Cello and Piano

At Cross-Purposes: Music for Cello and Piano

8th Concert – At Cross-Purposes: Music for Cello and Piano
24 March 2018, The Project Cafe, Glasgow

Laurence Crane – Jurgen Hip
Alex Nikiporenko – 86 Permutations of Melancholia
Tim Parkinson – untitled cello and piano

Eva-Maria Houben – nur ein klang (5)
Gregor Forbes – Terraces/Boulevards
Emily Doolittle – Utah, 1996
Gregor Forbes – At Cross-Purposes

Gregor Forbes with Filipa Portela (piano)
Adam Hall (cello)

After three years, Glasgow Experimental Music Series returns to The Project Cafe with a programme of fresh new music by local composers and friends, performed by adventurous Glasgow-based instrumentalists Adam Hall and Gregor Forbes. Come and hear the bright colours and simple forms of Laurence Crane’s ‘Jurgen Hip’; the serene mysteries of music by Alex Nikiporenko, Eva-Maria Houben and Tim Parkinson; the bird-song sonorities of Emily Doolittle’s ‘Utah 1996’ for solo cello; and the playful wit of compositions by Gregor Forbes.