Have you ever been inspired by beauty in imperfection? Create something that celebrates it then upload your own sound, words, photography or film to this website before Friday 19 June. Composer Samantha Fernando will present your submissions as a multimedia performance on Monday 22 June, interwoven with a new piece of music for solo cello. This performance will take place from 6.30-8pm within the beautiful, hidden London venue that itself inspired the brief: the Asylum Chapel in Peckham. Click here to book your free place and drink.
Samantha’s work has been performed internationally by numerous ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, Xasax Saxophone Quartet and Philharmonia Orchestra, at such venues as Kings Place, the Linbury Studio Theatre (ROH), St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Notable performances include Frozen Reflection, which was commissioned by the Aurora Orchestra, premiered at the Sounds New Festival 2009 in Canterbury and broadcast by BBC Radio 3. In 2013, she was awarded an RPS Composition Prize and was commissioned to write a new work for the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of their Music of Today series. This was premiered in May 2014 at the Royal Festival Hall. Also in 2013, the London Sinfonietta commissioned her to write Positive/Negative Space which was premiered at the Purcell Room.
Oliver Coates is widely in demand as a solo cellist, chamber musician, principal cellist with orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia) and as a producer and collaborator in new music. He is an Artist in Residence at Southbank Centre and has developed projects with Seb Rochford, Micachu and the Shapes, Massive Attack, Ben Frost, Mara Carlyle and Massive Attack. He attained the highest degree result in the Royal Academy of Music’s history before going on to complete an MPhil with distinction at New College, Oxford. Oliver studied the cello with Colin Carr, Lionel Handy and Heather Harrison and is now an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. He curates the Harmonic Series at Southbank Centre, a cross genre exploration of new and old music, which sold out in its first season and featured work by Emily Hall and James Blake, among others. He is proud to have worked closely with the most important new composers including Christopher Mayo, Larry Goves, Anna Meredith, Matt Rogers, Charlie Piper, Mark Bowden, David Fennessy, Martin Suckling, Nico Muhly and Mica Levi.