20th January 2019

6 p.m.

Time With People @ Kallio New Music Days

Time With People @ Kallio New Music Days

TIME WITH PEOPLE, an opera by Tim Parkinson

at Kallio New Music Days, Finland

in collaboration with Tampere University and Theatre Academy




18th January 2019

8 p.m.



Apartment House celebrate the composer Michael Parsons' 80th birthday with music spanning his career, as well as a series of birthday pieces composed especially for the occasion by his friends, Christian Wolff, Howard Skempton, Makiko Nishikaze, Tim Parkinson, John Lely and Laurence Crane.

Cafe OTO
18–22 Ashwin street
E8 3DL




15th January 2019

7 p.m.

Roger Arve Vigulf

Roger Arve Vigulf

SOLOKONSERT – ROGER ARVE VIGULF (Klarinett & Elektronikk/Tape)

Roger Arve Vigulf – Mefisto & Buzzo (Bb klarinett med Digital Delay-2014)

Roger Arve Vigulf – Cadenza No 2,5,9 for Bb klarinett med Digital Delay(fra “18 Cadenzas-2010-2012)

Roger Wendel – Nytt verk-Bb klarinett & tape (urfremførelse-2018/2019)

Tim Parkinson – clarinet and words, for clarinet in A and computer speaking voice (2003)

Roger Arve Vigulf – MONSTER-Bb klarinett og tape (-2018-urfremførelse)

Roger Arve Vigulf – Nytt verk-Bb klarinett og tape (2018-urfremførelse)


Bærum bibliotek, Gamle Ringeriksvei 44, 1357 Bekkestua, Norway




11th December 2018

7 p.m.

Michael Parsons: 80th Birthday Concert

Michael Parsons: 80th Birthday Concert

A tribute concert to composer Michael Parsons, featuring selections from his extensive catalogue of works for solo piano and two pianos. A key figure in English experimental music during the 1960s, Parsons was a co-founder of the legendary Scratch Orchestra, with Cornelius Cardew and Howard Skempton.

Since then, he has been active as a teacher, writer and concert programmer, alongside his career as a composer of distinctive vocal and instrumental music, often concerned with systems and formal clarity.

The performers will be fellow pianist-composers Makiko Nishikaze and Tim Parkinson, whose own works share a similar spirit of fresh and clear investigation.


  • Michael Parsons, Rhythm Studies I for 2 pianos (1971)
  • Michael Parsons, Two Canons for piano duet (1979-80)
  • Michael Parsons, Oblique Pieces 11, 12, 13, 15, 17
  • Makiko Nishikaze, new work for 2 pianos
  • Tim Parkinson, untitled two pianos (1999)


City, University of London

Northampton Square

London EC1V 0HB




30th October 2018

7 p.m.

Duch Parkinson Saunders tour Norway

Duch Parkinson Saunders tour Norway

House of Common (2018) - Tim Parkinson

reaching an acceptable and stable solution (2018) - James Saunders

and other pieces

Michael Duch, Tim Parkinson, James Saunders


Tuesday 30.10.18

19:00 Borealis Listening Club at Klosteret, Bergen


Wednesday 31.10.18

19:00 Teaterhuset Avant Garden, Trondheim


Thursday 01.11.18

12:00 Sund folkehøgskole, Inderøy


Friday 02.11.18

19:00 nyMusikk, Oslo


Saturday 03.11.18

16:00 NonFigurativ Musikk, Tønsberg




14th September 2018

7:30 p.m.

Magpie House Concert #1

Magpie House Concert #1



Amnon Wolman - FEBRUARY 26, 2000

Louis D’Heudiéres - LAUGHTER STUDIES 2

Aviva Endean - A FACE LIKE YOURS

Antonia X Charlie - NEW PIECE

Carolyn Chen - ADAGIO



Lilburn House, Wellington, NZ




13th August 2018

10 a.m.



Composition, Alternative Performance and Performance Art

13 – 24 August 2018

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