Goodbye, EXAUDI 2012

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

The season is over. The tuning forks are packed away, the music is back on the shelf, the black shirts have been tossed into the bottom drawer, and the last shreds of voices are being flogged through a dozen Messiahs before their tattered remains are embalmed in strong liquor. That’s all from our 10th-anniversary season, […]

Ferneyhough’s Finis Terrae

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

We premiered Brian Ferneyhough’s latest work, Finis Terrae, with musikFabrik and Emilio Pomarico at the Festival d’Automne, Paris on 12th November. In advance of its broadcast on France Musique on 17th December, here are a few introductory thoughts about the piece: Finis terrae – ‘The End of the Earth’ – has Ferneyhough now turned to […]

Darmstadt Review II: Niklas Seidl

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

Our other major premiere at Darmstadt was a Staubach Honoraria commission from German composer Niklas Seidl. Completely unknown in the UK, he works in Cologne as a composer, cellist and ensemble leader. His work is interdisciplinary, provocative and witty, and his piece for us, Animal Testing, saw five singers lined up at desks, each with […]

Darmstadt Review I: Bryn Harrison

Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

July saw EXAUDI’s first visit to the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt. It was sad that we didn’t have more time to spend going to lectures and concerts and meeting the many interesting people gathered there: in fact, we arrived one day, did our concert the next day, a Reading Session the morning after […]

Into the mouth

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

A short post to wrap up this series on EXAUDI’s Aaron Cassidy project. The first and second performance of A painter of figures in rooms took place within half an hour of each other at the Purcell Room on London’s South Bank on 14th July, as part of the PRSF New Music 20×12 weekend. Nine […]

Francis Bacon, a painter of figures in rooms

Posted by on Jul 7, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

In advance of next Saturday’s premiere, Aaron Cassidy writes: One of the great challenges of presenting and discussing my work over the last several years has been pulling the conversation back from technical, practical, logistical issues and regaining a focus on aesthetic, artistic, musical ones. I am aware, of course, that it is in many […]

Cage and more Cage

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

25th June I’m sitting on the train feeling very tired and completely inspired. EXAUDI has been paying homage to John Cage this week, which means four completely different concerts in four days: two at Spitalfields and two at Aldeburgh. I think we covered most of his work for multiple voices – not many more pieces […]

Rihm’s Vigilia in Munich

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

Lest this blog begin to seem obsessive, I’m taking a few posts to catch up with some of our other projects this summer. June is always one of our busiest times of year, being the summer festival season, and this year has been no exception, with visits to old stamping grounds in Aldeburgh and Spitalfields […]

Learning Process 2: The Conductor

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

EXAUDI is, more often than not, a conducted ensemble; but it’s also a rather small ensemble and makes what one might call chamber music, and in many of the pieces we do it’s either preferable not to have a conductor or absolutely essential not to have one. Although I always take a directorial role in […]

Learning Process 1: Simon Whiteley

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

We’ve asked the singers if they’d like to contribute a slightly longer description of the learning process for Aaron’s piece. For regular readers of this blog there might be a risk of overkill here, but what I hope might become interesting – and of course applicable to the learning of all sorts of different pieces, […]