On Thursday 18th August 2016, sound announced that John De Simone will be sound's composer in residence for the next three years. John will create new work for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 festivals. The 2016 commission included "The F Scale" that premiered in a concert alongside Andriessen’s seminal De Staat. Performed by Red Note, I Solisti del Vento (Belgium) and Song Circus (Norway) the programme was performed at soundfestival, in Belgium and in The Netherlands.
In 2017 John is writing two new pieces for the festival. He is involved with the Franco-Scottish residency project, Creation sans frontières for which he's written a new piece that will premiere in Clermont Ferrand’s Musiques Démesurées festival on 8th November 2017, followed by a UK premiere at soundfestival on 11th November 2017. John is also writing a new piece for organ, that will be premiered at a concert by Dr Roger B Williams on 7th November.
We are currently planning a major commission for 2018 – watch this spot!
In addition to new commissions, John is involved with our learning and participation activities. He was a tutor for our Go Compose! composition course for 14-19 year olds in 2016 and will be tutoring the course again in 2017, as has delivered some schools workshops. With support from an Athenaeum Award from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he is currently working on our new project, Get Composing, devising an annual programme of compositional learning that we hope to begin in December this year.