Philip Venables & David Hoyle
Illusions is politically-engaged contemporary music exploring themes of government, LGBT rights and the rituals of music and art performance, featuring footage of avant-garde performance artist David Hoyle. The interplay between music and the cut-up video snippets of Hoyle searing and topical polemic is reflected in the erratic, boisterous and aggressive nature of the composition. The piece is written for an ensemble of nine musicians and is an extended and further developed version of Philip Venables’ existing composition which was part of the London Sinfonietta’s Notes to the New Government in May 2015. Philip Venables’ music is often concerned with violence, politics and speech within concert music and opera. Performance artist David Hoyles’ often focuses on themes in the LGBT community attacking what he sees as dominant trends in ‘bourgeois Britain’.
Philip Venables said,
“I’m delighted that Illusions has been selected for the 2017 New Music Biennial. Working on such a specific political piece with David Hoyle, and allowing anger to pour out was completely exhilarating. I’m so happy that this also exhilarated the audience, and that we have a chance to revive it and re-target it for whatever political apocalypse may be underway in 2017.”
About Philip Venables
Philip was born in Chester in 1979 and went on to study at Jesus College, Cambridge, to read Natural Sciences, but then went to the Royal Academy of Music to study composition with Philip Cashian, where he was awarded the DipRAM diploma and the Manson Fellowship in Composition. He took masterclasses with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Simon Bainbridge, Dominic Muldowney, Paul Patterson, amongst others.
About David Hoyle
David Hoyle is an English performance artist, avant-garde cabaret artist, singer, actor, comedian and film director. His performances are known to combine many disparate elements, from satirical comedy to painting, surrealism and even striptease, much of which is aggressive in nature.
The performance of Illusions was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 15 July 2017
NB: This piece contains strong language and sexual references. Suitable for ages 18+ only.