Interview: James Weeks

This summer contemporary vocal ensemble EXAUDI present James Weeks’s Mala punica alongside the world premiere of Walled Garden for instrumental sextet. Ahead of the performance we asked James about EXAUDI, their work and his music. For people who are new to you and EXAUDI, could you introduce us to your work? I’m a composer living in Gateshead, and…

Interview: EXAUDI’s James Weeks

  On Sunday 8 June, you’ll be directing a performance by contemporary vocal ensemble EXAUDI in MURAL at LimeWharf – what should we expect to see and hear? It’s an installation with music and film, and on that Sunday there are two live performances of the music element by eight singers from EXAUDI. The music…

Five reasons to get excited about contemporary music this summer

Our Summer Festival is jam-packed with new music, from Arun Ghosh‘s newly commissioned Spitalfields Suite to electronic musician Valgeir Sigurðsson‘s collaboration with City of London Sinfonia. Here are our top five reasons to get excited about contemporary music with us this summer: 1. Associate Artist: Arun Ghosh Clarinettist Arun Ghosh is another of our Associate Artists…

Diggers for Victory – James Weeks

James Weeks writes about the inspiration behind his new choral work The Freedom of the Earth. The following is an excerpt from his article published in this morning’s Guardian. In the beginning of Time, the great Creator Reason made the Earth to be a Common Treasury, to preserve Beasts, Birds, Fishes and Man: but not…

The Winter Festival draws to a close…

Tonight we have the last two concerts of our Winter Festival. A fantastic double bill beginning with the wonderful EXAUDI in what will be a stunning rendition of Monteverdi’s Third Book of Madrigals at 6.30 pm followed by Retrospect Ensemble with a programme of Italian instrumental music exploring the styles and aesthetics of the Baroque…

60 seconds with… James Weeks

Lute or electric guitar? Both please! – a sexy duet combination Composing or performing? Composing…then performing Black tie or all black? All black. Can’t stand the pomposity of black tie but don’t want to look casual either. What’s the most played track from your MP3 player/CD collection? Hmm… Maybe Gothic Voices’ all-Machaut album, or Ives Ensemble’s…