BBC Philharmonic / James Macmillan

I now have full details of the BBC Phil. concert conducted by James Macmillan which includes my piece Search Engines. It’s an Invitation Concert in Studio 7, BBC Manchester (in Oxford Road) on Friday 23rd February, starting at 7.30.
Tickets are free, and need to be reserved by calling the BBC Philharmonic ticket line on 0161 244 4002, or emailing

The programme consists of four new pieces:
Christian Mason, …from bursting suns escaping…
Jeremy Thurlow, Search Engines
Symon Clarke, Statue Circle
Matthew Brooks, Event horizon

There’s an intriguing suggestion of common ground between the four titles, and it will be fascinating to hear the four (entirely independent and unprompted) approaches to the themes of discovery, technology and nature. (For a short note about the ideas behind my piece, see the programme notes page and scroll down to ‘Orchestral Music’.)
The concert will be recorded; it may later be broadcast and if so I’ll post up details as soon as I hear them.

Music by Jeremy Thurlow

Hear and Now

Rolf Hind’s Wigmore Hall concert with the Duke Quartet, based around his piece Eye of Fire, is being broadcast tomorrow – Saturday 3rd February – on Hear and Now (Radio 3, 11pm), where it’s introduced by Rolf talking with Sarah Mohr-Pietsch. It includes his performance of my piano piece The Will of the Tones, and can also be heard as a webcast any time during the following week (up til 11pm on Saturday 10th) – click here for the link. It’s a really fascinating programme, very well played, so it’s well worth a listen.

Music by Jeremy Thurlow

BBC Philharmonic / Search Engines

Next month the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by James Macmillan, will be performing and recording my orchestral piece Search Engines in an invitation concert in New Broadcasting House, Manchester, at 7.30 on Friday 23rd February. There are three other new pieces being played too – I’ll post up the composers and titles as soon as I get more details, and also information on how to get tickets, for anyone in the Manchester area.

Music by Jeremy Thurlow

Matthew Schellhorn

Matthew Schellhorn will be performing The Will of the Tones in West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, on Monday, 22nd January at 8pm. The piece was written for Matthew, and he gave the first performance in St Martin-in-the-Fields, London in November 2004. This will be the first time Matthew has played the piece publically in Cambridge. You can hear an excerpt from his performance on this website, at >listen > one piano.

The recital will also include music by Jane O’Leary, Ian Wilson, James Macmillan, Hugh Wood, and Schumann’s Carnaval.

And there’s a pre-concert talk at 7.15, when Jane O’Leary and I will be talking with
Tim Watts.

For more details see

and also

Music by Jeremy Thurlow

Dutilleux book now out!

My book on French composer Henri Dutilleux is now out: it’s published in French by Millénaire III, translated by Frédérique Aït-Touati and was launched at an international conference on Dutilleux in Paris on 7 December, attended by the composer himself. The book is available from bookshops in France, or can be ordered. (For further information, click here; if you have any trouble finding it, please send a message to this site via the ‘comments’ page.)

Henri Dutilleux, ou la musique des songes
[Henri Dutilleux and the music of dreams]

Translated by Frédérique Aït-Touati. Published by Millénaire III; series editor Nicolas Darbon, December 2006, Paris. 272 pages. 29 Euros.

Will of the Tones: Wigmore Hall BBC broadcast

I’ve just heard that Rolf Hind’s performance of my piece The Will of the Tones at the Wigmore Hall this Tuesday (5th December) is going to be recorded by the BBC and broadcast early next year on Radio 3. When I have the date for the broadcast I’ll post it up. My piece is being played as part of a programme called ‘Eye of Fire’, which includes music by Alfred Schnittke, Phil Venables, Naomi Pinnock, Shiori Usui and Rolf Hind, played by Rolf and the Duke Quartet, and after their appearance at the Wigmore they’re going on to play the same programme in Edinburgh and Cardiff. For full details of the tour, see the earlier news post on this site titled ‘Rolf Hind’.

Rolf will also be appearing on Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ on Monday 4th, to talk about the concert.

Music by Jeremy Thurlow

BBC Singers

I’ve been asked to write a new piece for the BBC singers, to be developed in workshops and rehearsals over the next six months and then premiered in July next year. The starting point for my piece is a poem by Emily Dickinson, which begins

Exultation is the going
Of an inland soul to sea

I think they’re wonderful words, vividly conveying the exhilaration of a great challenge, and at the same time, courage in the face of mortality. For me, 24 strong, vibrant voices is absolutely the perfect medium in which to set these words to music, and I’m really looking forward to working with the singers on the piece.

Music by Jeremy Thurlow

London Mozart Players in Swavesey (Orchestra in a village)

Next week will see the end result of two weeks of workshops with pupils at Swavesey Village College, who have been working with composer Fraser Trainer and members of the London Mozart Players. Swavesey is just a mile or so from the village where I live, and I’ve been helping out with the workshops; it’s been a fantastic process, developing wonderful many-layered musical textures consisting entirely of ideas that have come the 60-odd pupils themselves. By next Thursday (16 Nov) we’ll have worked it all up into a finished piece which we will perform alongside a newly commissioned piece for the LMP by Fraser, and a Mozart mass, in Swavesey church. For more details see orchestra in a village

British Contemporary Piano Competition

Two pianists, Simon Smith and Paul Kean, have chosen to play The Will of the Tones as part of their programme in the British Contemporary Piano Competition, which is taking place at the University of Surrey in Guildford over the next few days. This is a fantastic competition, in which a number of incredibly brave young pianists tackle a terrifying mountain of contemporary piano repertoire and are gradually whittled down over three rounds. For more information, see

Music by Jeremy Thurlow