Warwick Blair has been awarded a Creative New Zealand grant to compose a new work for the Auckland Symphony Orchestra and King’s College Orchestra. As a former King’s College student, he is especially looking forward to reconnecting with his alma mater after some 30 years. The world premiere of the 30-minute work for soprano, orchestra and electronics titled Whakaahua (transformation) will take place on 5 May, 2019, at the Auckland Town Hall. It will go on to be performed at King’s College’s KBB Music Festival in August 2019, followed by further performances in the season.
Warwick Blair will also be returning to London in 2018 in a series of live performances with the Warwick Blair Ensemble featuring global and UK musicians. Performing at Ikectik 13th & 14th June, each of the two nights will feature new and old works including the world premiere of two books from his most recent work, Visible Invisible (2017).
These concerts mark a return to the UK for the Warwick Blair Ensemble following a 2016 residency at the Kingston University, and a 2017 performance at Club Inegales. Blair’s work previously appeared at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and London’s South Bank Centre, and he performed together with his ensemble at Tête à Tête Opera Festival in 2013 and Kings Place in 2015.