22 August 2013 at 1.00pm | Comment on this article
Composer Philip Venables has been announced as the first Doctoral Composer-in-Residence at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the result of a collaboration between the conservatoire and the Royal Opera House.
The new position is one of the first examples of an opera company and conservatoire joining forces to offer a ‘Composer-in-Residence’ studentship which leads to a doctoral degree, a path long established in orchestral music.
Philip will be supervised by Guildhall School’s Head of Composition, Dr Julian Philips, who was the first ever Composer-in-Residence at Glyndebourne. His new opera How The Whale Became, an adaptation of a collection of stories by Ted Hughes, receives its world premiere at the Royal Opera House in December 2013.
The studentship is fully-funded by the Guildhall School and will take on a new Composer-in-Residence every two years. Composers will have the chance to present a major work in the third year of study in the Linbury Studio Theatre at Covent Garden.
Philip previously studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music. He holds a London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub residency at LSO St Luke's. He has also composed works performed by the BBC Philharmonic, LSO, London Sinfonietta and at the Bregenz Festival among others. His music is often concerned with violence and politics.
'I'm really excited about starting work on this opera with the Royal Opera House and the Guildhall School - it's a potential game changer for me, and a chance, in a structured and supported way, to really explore what opera means to me, to be completely inventive, bold and daring and to present the results of that on a high-profile stage.'
Associate Director of Opera at the ROH, John Fulljames, said:
'We're delighted that Philip Venables is joining The Royal Opera and Guildhall School on our first joint composer residency. Philip's work has increasingly embraced collaborative and multi-media practice and so it is a natural step for him to now research and write music theatre with us. We are looking forward to developing and making work with him.'