Mark Simpson: After Avedon [Live]

Mark Simpson: After Avedon [Live]

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[New Music Biennial - Live Recording]

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.

1. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Waldorf Astoria, Suite 28A, New York, 1 April 1957

2. Ronald Fischer, Beekeeper, Davis, California, 9 May 1981

3. Francis Bacon, artist, Paris, 11 April 1979

4. Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg, New York, 30 December, 1963

This piece is part of New Music Biennial 2017. For more information about the project and to download the New Music Biennial album, please visit our project page:


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

Lucy Gould violin
Alice Neary cello
Benjamin Frith piano