'Powerfully expressive' The Guardian
At the age of 17 Mark Simpson became the first ever winner of both BBC Young Musician and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year. In 2015 he was appointed Composer in Association of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Impressed by Mark’s high profile appointment as the BBC Philharmonic’s new Composer-in-Association, as well as critical acclaim following his latest premiere of a large scale oratorio at the Manchester International Festival, this new work by Mark forms the centrepiece of the Gould Piano Trio’s 25th anniversary celebration.
After Avedon is a reaction to four photographs by the influential American photographer Richard Avedon.
- The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Waldorf Astoria, Suite 28A, New York, 1 April 1957
- Ronald Fischer, Beekeeper, Davis, California, 9 May 1981
- Francis Bacon, artist, Paris, 11 April 1979
- Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg, New York, 30 December, 1963
After Avedon is commissioned by the Gould Piano Trio, supported by PRS Foundation’s Beyond Borders, a co-commissioning and touring programme run in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon
About Mark Simpson
Composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson read Music at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, and studied composition with Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, before being selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust. Simpson was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2012-2014. He received a Borletti-Butoni Trust Fellowship in 2014 and the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Award in 2010, and is a Visiting Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. In 2015 he was appointed Composer in Association of the BBC Philharmonic for a period of four years.
The performance of After Avedon was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 15 July 2017
The performance of After Avedon was recorded live by the BBC on 2 July 2017 at Hull City Hall and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 15 July 2017.