Philip Venables

Philip Venables is a British composer best known for his operatic and theatrical works with themes of sexuality, violence and politics.

Venables’ music has been performed and broadcast internationally, working with ensembles and institutions such as The Royal Opera, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Wigmore Hall, London Contemporary Opera, the London Sinfonietta, Endymion & EXAUDI, Ensemble 10-10, the Black Dyke Brass Band, Rambert Dance Company and Theater Basel.

Venables was Doctoral Composer-in-Residence at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama 2013–16, a position supported by Guildhall and the Royal Opera House. In 2016 Philip’s universally acclaimed collaboration with director Ted Huffman, ‘4.48 Psychosis’, won the UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Opera.

Venables has a strong interest in working with amateur and young musicians and has worked with CoMA, South London Jazz Orchestra, Hammersmith and Fulham Youth Orchestra and on projects at the Barbican and Kings Place.

Known for his hard-edged, high impact musical style, Venables says he tries to create music that captures the quality of “a huge canvas with a big, solid, fire-red rectangle painted on it, and the canvas torn roughly in two and then hung on the gallery wall”.

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Minutes by Philip Venables