Parkinson Saunders


things to do at Kings Place

IMG_1177We’re doing our 10th anniversary extravaganza at Kings Place in London this Sunday. It’s a 4pm performance, and we’ve got six new pieces by some lovely composers. We are very excited to have new pieces from John White, Matteo Fargion, Stefan Thut and Travis Just, as well as some new music by Tim and James. Without giving too much away, there will be Brazilian rhythms, harmonicas (at least six), storytelling, some noise guitar and a lot of shouting, some unplugged electric guitars and a lot of walking, glamorous assistants, wine reviews, a little singing, Berlioz, and the normal mix of items from our respective recycling bins. Here’s a photo of the setup for one of the pieces in the meantime.


The concert is at 4pm in Hall 2. Come and join us.

Audiograft performance

Paul Whitty made this film of Parkinson Saunders performing Tim’s songs 2011 in the Audiograft festival at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford on 1 March. We had so much fun doing these, and will hopefully be singing (?) them again at Kings Place in the summer. They are fairly chaotic in places. This is intentional and, as it’s the first time they’ve been done, establishes itself as standard performance practice. Or we could just practice a bit more.


We’re performing at audiograft in Oxford on Thursday 1 March in an evening event alongside [rout], Kerry Yong, Felicity Ford, and The Albion Players. We haven’t fixed the programme yet, but it’s probably going to include some new songs by Tim. In the same performance, [rout] are playing the piece they commissioned from James last year, nothing reveals itself without at the same time concealing something else.

parkinson saunders in switzerland

We both had piece commissioned by Basel Sinfonietta this year, and were in Switzerland for the rehearsals and first performances in November. We also gave a short performance during the pre-concert talk in Basel on 8 November, playing pieces by Michael Parsons and Christian Wolff with Stefan Thut (cello) and Marc Klichenmann (bassoon) from the orchestra. This is a photo of our table. I think this is the first time we’ve performed using only one. It was quite a squash.

music we’d like to hear

Here are some photos from the Music We’d Like to Hear performance in July. We played pieces by Christian Wolff and Michael Parsons alongside violin duos played by Angharad Davies and Sara Hubrich.

music we’d like to hear

We’re playing a programme of recent pieces by Christian Wolff at Music We’d Like to Hear on 15 July. These are all flexible pieces for variable instrumentation and materials, and wil probably include pieces with melodica and some of the Microexercsies.

For more information, have a look at the website.


At the moment we’re working on some recordings for another timbre which should be released during the next year. One disc will feature two pieces by Manfred Werder which we’ve performed a few times before. The other disc will include some pieces by James from his series divisions that could be autonomous but that comprise the whole. We’re also working on a Christian Wolff programme which will be played for the first time at Music We’d Like to Hear in July.

parkinson saunders are go

We finally got around to making a website.

We may even use it.

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