Café Casa da Música
- Showcase of British composers
- Philip Venables, Edmund Finnis, Emily Howard, Daniel Kidane
Philip Venables, Edmund Finnis, Emily Howard, Daniel Kidane
Moderatod by Cathy Graham
The start of the British Year is an occasion to bring to Café Casa da Música, thanks to the British Council, four composers that have been recognized in recent decades as consistent young talents.
Philip Venables’s music often addresses topics like violence and politics and has been presented in several countries. He was Soundhub Associate at the London Symphony Orchestra and Doctoral Resident Composer at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal Opera House, in the period 2013-2016, where he premiered his opera 4.48 Psychosis – which granted him a UK Theater Award.
Edmund Finnis is an Associate Composer of the London Contemporary Orchestra and has developed a close relationship with the London Sinfonietta resulting in the interpretation and recording of several commissioned works. He received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists in 2012 and was a Resident Composer at the Chelsea Music Festival 2013 in New York.
Emily Howard, known for the connection of her music to science, conquered the critics with Magnetite, commissioned by the European Capital of Culture Liverpool 2008. That year she received the Paul Hamlyn prize for Composition. With premieres in major European halls – the BBC Proms featured her debut concert for orchestra: Torus –, Orchestral and Vocal music are of particular relevance in her work.
Daniel Kidane is a resident at the London Symphony Orchestra under the Soundhub program. He received a Composition Award from the Royal Philharmonic Society and his music is regularly played in the UK and abroad. He is involved in a big international project which aims to complete J. S. Bach’s unfinished Orgelbüchlein manuscript.
The showcase is introduced by Cathy Graham, current Director of Music at British Council in London.