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New CD recordings with Apartment House out now, both on on HCR:

Patterns of Connection CC, featuring John Cage's Concert for Piano and Orchestra and the premiere recording of Christian Wolff's Resistance
- "Trust is the making of indeterminate music and Apartment House’s new recording is all trust. Philip Thomas makes the piano part magnetic, like the centrifugal planet in an erratic constellation." (The Guardian)

CC Patterns of Connection, a double disc of music by Michael Parsons for ensemble and solo piano.
- "Parsons is viewed as a pioneer of experimental music, but Modestly Ingenious would be a synonym." (The Sunday Times)

Also out now on Another timbre is a recording of John Cage's Winter Music, for four pianos, featuring Philip playing alongside Mark Knoop, Catherine Laws and John Tilbury.

Apartment House have also recorded an album of Exercises by Christian Wolff for future release. And Philip is involved with more recordings as part of the another timbre Canadian music series will be forthcoming over the next 12 months, including music by Linda Catlin Smith and Cassandra Miller.


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Philip gives the world premiere of Rozalie Hirs' new work for piano and electronics, Meditations, at the Sounds of Music festival in Groningen on Tuesday November 7th.
The following day he performs John Cage's Music for Piano at the Frank Mohr Institut

A few days later, Philip gives three further performances Rozalie Hirs Meditations alongside the world premiere of senza misura by Christopher Fox at NovemberMusic on November 12th.

The 2017 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival includes four concerts involving Philip:
November 19th - Linda Smith's Piano Quintet with Quatuor Bozzini
November 20th - a concert of Michael Parsons' music, with edges ensemble and Parsons himself
November 21st - UK premiere of piano quintets by Mary Bellamy and Bryn Harrison
November 26th - Philip performs with Ensemble Grizzana in the premieres of works by Magnus Granberg and Jürg Frey

Philip performs with Apartment House in three concerts at the 2017 London Contemporary Music Festival:
4th December - music by Robert Ashley, with the composer's son Sam Ashley performing as vocalist
5th December - music by Anton Lukoszevieze, Jack Sheen and Sarah Hughes, as well as a solo performance of Galina Ustvolskaya's Sixth Piano Sonata
10th December - songs by and with Chris Newman

Next Spring, Philip joins forces with Richard Craig and Damien Harron for a selection of performances of Morton Feldman's Crippled Symmetry.
Performances include:
- Monday, April 16th, Birmingham Conservatoire
- Monday, April 23rd, University of Huddersfield
- Wednesday, April 25th, University of York
- Friday, April 27th, University of Sheffield

Philip gives the premiere performance of Lawrence Dunn's For Piano (Dancing) at the University of Huddersfield, Thursday January 25th, 1.15pm.



Recent Concerts


Over Autumn 2017, Philip worked with Quatuor Bozzini in programmes including new piano quintets by Martin Arnold, Mary Bellamy and Bryn Harrison, along with Linda Catlin Smith's Piano Quintet. See here for details about the new quartets by Bellamy and Harrison.
Performances included:
Montreal, September 18th (Harrison, see here)and 25th (Bellamy and Arnold, see here)
Toronto, September 19th (Harrison, at Array Studio)
Victoria, September 22-23, as part of of-the-now, a celebration of the music of Martin Arnold. Philip also performed solo and with violinist Mira Benjamin at this festival.

Philip also performed with Apartment House in Vancouver at SFU on September 21st.

On July 1st 2017, Philip, performing with Apartment House, gave the world premiere of Christian Wolff's Resistance, for piano and 10 or more instruments, alongside a complete ensemble performance of John Cage's Concert for Piano and Orchestra as part of the Performing Indeterminacy conference at the University of Leeds. Both works will be recorded for CD release later in 2017 on HCR

The concert was repeated in London on July 6th as part of the St.Johns Sessions

Mark Knoop and Philip performed John Cage's Two2 at Tate Britain on Friday June 23rd. Full details here. After recent performances in Huddersfield and Durham, they have also recorded the piece for another timbre for release in 2018.

Philip joined Mira Benjamin and Anton Lukoszevieze on July 7th for an Apartment House concert as part of the renowned Music We'd Like To Hear series. They performed music by Tom Johnson, Alvin Lucier, Paul Newland and Makiko Nishikaze.The concert was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on August 26th.



Recent CD releases


Two CDs as part of another timbre's Canadian music series were released in March 2017:

Linda Catlin Smith Drifter
includes Piano Quintet (with the Bozzini Quartet), Drifter (with Diego Castro), Moi Qui Tremblais (with Mira Benjamin and Simon Limbrick), Far From Shore (with Mira Benjamin and Anton Lukoszevieze), and Poire (solo piano).

Martin Arnold The Spit Veleta
includes Points and Waltzes, premiered by Philip in 2012, and The Spit Veleta for violin and piano, premiered by Mira Benjamin and Philip in 2015.



Other News


Philip, with Professor Martin Iddon (University of Leeds), has been awarded a major Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)grant. The grant supports a 3-year project investigating John Cage's Concert for piano and orchestra and includes support for two research assistants and significant research time leading to the publication of a monograph, recordings, a conference and an interactive web-site. The project has now started - find out more here

Philip was conferred as Professor of Performance at the University of Huddersfield, in August 2015.





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