Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra premiered my St. John's Dance at the First Night of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall London on Friday, alongside Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring Igor Levit and a performance of John Adams' Harmonium with the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Proms Youth Choir. The performance was televised on BBC Four and on BBC Radio 3 (as well as various...

I've been nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award for Spirit of the Staircase, premiered by Martyn Brabbins and the London Sinfonietta last year. The other nominees for the classical music category are the Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen's Stravinsky series 'Myths and Rituals', and the Dunedin Consort's performance of the Monteverdi Vespers at the Lammermuir Festival – what a treat to...

I've been awarded the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Prize based at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, shared with Canadian composer Matthew Ricketts. The Fund awards an annual prize to an instrumentalist or composer. Previous British winners of the prize include Thea Musgrave, Nicholas Maw, George Benjamin, Helen Grime and Charlotte Bray....

I'm thrilled to have been commissioned to write an orchestral piece to open the First Night of the 2017 BBC Proms. Edward Gardner will conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the premiere of St. John's Dance at London's Royal Albert Hall on the 14 July. The concert also features Igor Levit playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and John Adams'...

I'm honoured to have been commissioned by the Hepner Foundation to write a piece for the Arditti Quartet, to be performed at a special concert in memory of Leo Hepner. Leo was a German chemical engineer/biotechnologist and amateur violist. He formed the Hepner Foundation to support contemporary music in the UK and Europe, and together with his wife Regina Hepner-Neupert set...

Psappha will give the world premiere of Two Games and a Nocturne at Manchester's St Michael's on Thursday 16 February. They commissioned the piece – scored for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin & cello – for their 25th Anniversary season. Also in the concert are premieres by Gordon McPherson and Emily Hall, Joe Duddell's Nightswimming, Kaija Saariaho's Light & Matter...