The lunchtime performance will be given by Angharad Davies, John Lely, Tim Parkinson and James Saunders. The quartet have worked together on numerous occasions, notably in a short festival of British music in New York in December 2008, as well as in regular performances in the UK and Europe. The final programme will be announced in July.

Angharad Davies

Angharad Davies is a violinist based in London. She is an active performer in contemporary, improvisation and experimental music both as a soloist and within ensembles. Violin studies with Charles-Andre Linale in Dusseldorf and Howard Davies in London have shaped and inspired her own teaching practice.

Since making London her base in 2002 she has developed a specific approach to the violin, extending the sound possibilities of the instrument by attaching and applying objects to the strings or by sounding unexpected parts of the instrument’s body. She is dedicated to exploring and expanding sound production on the violin.

John Lely

John Lely was born in 1976 and is based in London. He studied at Goldsmiths with Roger Redgate, Dave Smith and John Tilbury, and privately with Michael Parsons. In 2007 he was a resident student at Ostrava New Music Days.

His compositions have been featured internationally at festivals such as MaerzMusik (Berlin), Ultima (Oslo), and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Broadcasts have included BBC 4 Television, BBC Radio 3, DeutschlandRadio and Resonance FM.

He frequently collaborates with various musicians and groups, including Apartment House, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, edges, Pedro Gomez-Egaña, Sebastian Lexer, Ross Parfitt, Michael Parsons, the Post Quartet, Michael Pisaro, Taylan Susam, Philip Thomas, Manfred Werder, John White and Seymour Wright.

He has curated and performed in concerts of music by such composers as Antoine Beuger, Cornelius Cardew, Philip Corner, Laurence Crane, Jürg Frey, Michael Pisaro, Tom Johnson, Alvin Lucier, Chris Newman and Christian Wolff. Alongside composers Tim Parkinson and Markus Trunk, he curates the annual Music We’d Like to Hear concert series, described by Tempo magazine as ‘an oasis of thoughtful and idealistic music-making’ (Tempo, October 2006).

From 2003–8 he taught composition and creative strategies at Goldsmiths, and experimental sound at Chelsea College of Arts, and from 2008–10 was a researcher at Bath Spa University. He is co-author, with James Saunders, of Word Events: Perspectives on Verbal Notation (Continuum 2011, in preparation).

Tim Parkinson

Tim Parkinson (b.1973) is an independent composer, based in London, UK since 1997.

Music has been written for various groups and ensembles including Apartment House, Reservoir, London Sinfonietta, [rout], Chroma; and for various instrumentalists including Stephen Altoft, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Julia Eckhardt, Anton Lukoszevieze, Tanja Masanti, Andrew Sparling, Craig Shepard, Philip Thomas, Stefan Thut. Music has been performed in UK, Europe, USA, Armenia, New Zealand, Japan.

Broadcasts of music have been on Resonance FM (, Wandelweiser Radio (, BBC Radio 3 (, and WDR Köln.

He is also active as pianist and performer, both independently and also by invitation, having been an occasional performer with Apartment House, and Plus-Minus, and having performed in the UK in venues such as Tate Modern, Barbican, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and further afield in Europe, and South America.

Independently he has curated, presented and performed many concerts, forming working relationships with musicians without intention of forming an ensemble. Since 2003 has been regularly performing with composer James Saunders in the lo-fi electronics, auxiliary instrument and any-sound-producing-means duo Parkinson Saunders.

In 2005 launched the yearly London based concert series, “Music We’d Like to Hear” ( with composers John Lely and Markus Trunk. A fifth series is planned for summer 2009.

He studied at Worcester College, Oxford, studied privately with Kevin Volans in Dublin, and in 2001 he participated in the Ostrava New Music Days, attending seminars with Petr Kotik, Alvin Lucier, Zsolt Nagy and Christian Wolff.

James Saunders


James Saunders is a composer who makes modular compositions and series. His music has been played at numerous international festivals, including Bludenz Tage fur Zeitgenossiche Musik, Brighton Festival, BMIC Cutting Edge, Darmstadt, Donaueschingen, Gothenburg Arts Sounds, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Inventionen Berlin, The Kitchen, Music We’d Like to Hear, Ostrava New Music Days, Rational Rec, Roaring Hooves, Ultima, and Wittener Tage fur Neue Kammermusik. It has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM (UK), WDR3, BR Klassik and SWR2 (Germany), and national radio in Czech Republic, Norway, Italy, New Zealand, and Sweden. In 2003 and 2007 he held residencies at the Experimental Studio fur Akustiche Kunst in Freiburg. James has worked with Apartment House, asamisimasa, Sebastian Berweck, ensemble chronophonie, duo Contour, Rhodri Davies, Nicolas Hodges, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Neue Vocalsolisten, plus minus ensemble, Psappha, ensemble recherche, SUONO MOBILE, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, and 175 East. As a performer he plays in the duo Parkinson Saunders with composer Tim Parkinson, Apartment House, and has also performed with Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff and Phill Niblock.

James studied at the University of Huddersfield and latterly with Anthony Gilbert at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is Head of Centre for Musical Research at Bath Spa University, where he runs the experimental music ensemble Material. James was a participant in the London Sinfonietta’s Blue Touch Paper scheme (2006-9). He held an AHRC Research Leave Award in 2005-6, and commences a Fellowship in 2010-11. His edited book The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music was published in 2009, and Word Events: Perspectives on Verbal Notation (with John Lely) will be published by Continuum in 2011.  In 2010-11 projects include new pieces for Basel Sinfonietta, Simon Limbrick, [rout], and Neue Vocalisten Stuttgart, and a volume of Contemporary Music Review on the Wandelweiser composers. His piece distribution study will be performed on 12 Sundays in 2011 at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.