April in the Amazon has been shortlisted by Sound And Music for ISCM World Music Days 2018 in Beijing. Read more about it, and works by fellow shortlisted composers - Adam De La Cour, Grace Evangeline Mason, Angela Slater, Neil Luck and Ryan Latimer - here.
Ctrl was given its world premiere at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on 24th November 2017 by Sarah Dacey and The Riot Ensemble. Following a magnificent performance by both Sarah Dacey and the ensemble, it has received positive reviews in The Arts Desk, The Financial Times, and 5:4.
HCMF have put up part of Chris Elcombe's podcast about Ctrl, featuring interviews with both myself and soloist Sarah Dacey. Hear some of it here.
The world premiere of Ctrl is less than a month away, and HCMF have published a write-up discussing my working relationship with the fantastic Riot Ensemble. View the article here.
This year, I will be writing a piece for the London Philharmonic Orchestra as part of their Leverhulme Young Composers Scheme. Find out more about the scheme here.
I am an International Showcase Artist at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival this year, along with Laura Bowler, Kit Downes, The Riot Ensemble. Laura Cannell, and Lauren Sarah Hayes. Find out more about them here. My piece for amplified solo soprano and ensemble, Ctrl, will be premiered at hcmf// on 24th November 2017 by Sarah Dacey and The Riot Ensemble. Click here to book.
I have been commissioned by Nonclassical to write a movement for solo Drum Machine and Orchestra as part of Nonclassical's Rise of the Machines #2, to take place on 22nd October 2017. The piece will be performed by Southbank Sinfonia. More information and tickets are available here.
The live recording of Black Snow Falls for 23 Solo Strings is now available for streaming on my Soundcloud profile. Visit my 'works' page or click here to listen. The performance was given by Outcry Ensemble conducted by James Henshaw at Temple Church on May 9th 2017. The recording was done by Coviello Productions and the engineer was Aaron Holloway-Nahum.
I have received a Grants for the Arts award from Arts Council England to write the music and text for a new piece scored for amplified soprano and ensemble. The piece, called Ctrl, will take the shape of three reflections on masculinity in the 21st century. Details of the world premiere to be announced later this summer.
I have been commissioned to write a new piece for London-based orchestra Outcry Ensemble, with funds from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Foundation. The piece, scored for 23 solo strings, will be performed at St Johns Church on 27th April, and Temple Church on 9th May.
Nonclassical Curated by Laurence Osborn and Explore Ensemble, 14th December 2016, The Victoria, Dalston Curated as part of my Composer-in-Association-ship with Nonclassical. Featuring performances by members of the Manon Quartet and accordionist Bartosz Glowacki. Programme includes Kurtag's 'Signs, Games, and Messages' and pieces by Arne Gieshoff and Laurence Osborn.
'Micrographia' up on Riot Ensemble soundcloud Click here to listen to the live recording of the world première of 'Micrographia', performed by The Riot Ensemble cond. Aaron Holloway-Nahum at St Nicholas Church, Brighton, 29th October 2016.
'The Mother' talk at Kings College London I will be giving a talk on 'The Mother' at Kings College London's Arts and Humanities Festival on October 18th alongside Professor Paul Allain. Details here.
Classical NEXT 2016 I have been selected by the PRS Foundation as one of three UK-based artists to be given a PRSF/Classical NEXT Fellowship in 2016. Along with Elaine Mitchener and Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Laurence will be attending Classical NEXT in Rotterdam to represent the UK and make connections with international practitioners and producers.
Devoted & Disgruntled: 'How Can We Change Opera For The Better?' My response to Improbable and ENO's Devoted and Disgruntled conference has been published in the Institute of Composing Journal. It can be read here.