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13 Nov 2024

Museo Bagatti Valsecchi,

Milano, Italy

La Confessione di Yoshiko Shioda

La Confessione di Yoshiko Shioda is a ‘musical action’ that portrays an oriental, psychological murder mystery. Commissioned by Arioso Furioso Trio, and composed for flute, bassoon, harp, radio/speaker, and small gong, this piece draws inspiration from a short detective novel by Japanese writer Seichō Matsumoto.

Arioso Furioso Trio will present this composition, alongside actress Fosca Leoni, at Milan's Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Italy.
More info on: Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

4 Nov 2024

Bressanone Music Festival

Three Folk Songs after Berio

Drawing inspiration from Berio's well known Folk Songs, Simone Spagnolo's Three Folk Songs after Berio bring together three contrasting and peculiar songs originating from rather different folklores: a song from Abruzzo, a quasi-flamenco, and an English-Basque lullaby for a King.
Following a very successful round of performance that have taken place both in Italy and the UK, Three Folk Songs after Berio will be reprised by the exceptional Ensemble Windkraft in bressanone.

6 Oct 2024

Bolzano Contemporary Music Festival

Three Folk Songs after Berio

Drawing inspiration from Berio's well known Folk Songs, Simone Spagnolo's Three Folk Songs after Berio bring together three contrasting and peculiar songs originating from rather different folklores: a song from Abruzzo, a quasi-flamenco, and an English-Basque lullaby for a King.
Following a very successful round of performance that have taken place both in Italy and the UK, Three Folk Songs after Berio returns to Bolzano Contemporary Music Festival 2024, in occasion of the Festival's 50th Anniversary. This work will be performed by exceptional Ensemble Windkraft.

21 Sep 2024

Wanstead Fringe Festival,

St Mary the Virgin, London

All Rest

Originally commissioned by St Mary’s Music Festival, and here reprised for Wanstead Fringe Festival, All Rest will offer an itinerant, site-specific performance portraying a fictional dreamscape about the people dwelling in St Mary’s the Virgin, Wanstead.

Six characters and a chorus of ghosts will take the audience on a journey through the grounds, the graveyard and the church of St Mary’s, offering a glimpse of past and future images, as well as individual and shared moments. 

With music by Simone Spagnolo and text by Serena Braida, All Rest will feature operatic voices, a choir, a flute and violin, portable speaker, and St Mary’s historical organ.
More info on: Wansteadium

25 Jul 2024

Trentino Music Festival,

Mezzano, Italy

La Confessione di Yoshiko Shioda

La Confessione di Yoshiko Shioda is a ‘musical action’ that portrays an oriental, psychological murder mystery. Commissioned by Arioso Furioso Trio, and composed for flute, bassoon, harp, radio/speaker, and small gong, this piece draws inspiration from a short detective novel by Japanese writer Seichō Matsumoto.

Arioso Furioso Trio will premier this composition on the 18th of July as part of Mezzano Romantica, Trentino Music Festival, in Mezzano, Italy.
More info on: Trentino Music Festival

4 Jul 2024

Rubano Arts Festival,

(Rubano, Padua) Italy

Come Cristallo di Cianuro

Commissioned by arpist Giulia Rettore and cellist Leonardo Sapere, Come Cristallo di Cianuro is a new composition portraying a tense counterpoint between the violoncello and the harp, who initiate an apparently balanced, pristine musical exchange to eventuallyburst in a crude, brutal rhythmical interlocking. The premiere will take place as part of Rubano arts Festival, near Padua, Italy, on the 4th of Jule. 

30 May 2024, 4pm

London College of Music, Lawrence Hall
UWL, London

Ritrovare. Ricercare

Exceptional violinist Timothy Schwarz, Head of Strings at Rowan University, New Jersey, will perform Simone Spagnolo's solo violin work Ritrovare. Ricercare. The concert will take place at University of West London's Lawrence Hall, as part of LCM Composition Festival.

30 May 2024 6.15pm

London College of Music, Lawrence Hall
UWL, London

Silenzio

Harpist Clara Gatti Comini performs Silenzio, for prepared harp. Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed internationally, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with both little Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity. The concert will take place at University of West London's Lawrence Hall, as part of LCM Composition Festival.

27 May 2024

St Mary's Music Festival,

Wanstead, London

All Rest

Specially commissioned for 2024 St Mary’s Music Festival, All Rest will offer an itinerant, site-specific performance portraying a fictional dreamscape about the people dwelling in St Mary’s the Virgin, Wanstead.

Six characters and a chorus of ghosts will take the audience on a journey through the grounds, the graveyard and the church of St Mary’s, offering a glimpse of past and future images, as well as individual and shared moments. 

With music by Simone Spagnolo and text by Serena Braida, All Rest will feature operatic voices, a choir, a flute and violin, portable speaker, and St Mary’s historical organ.
More info on: Wansteadium

13 Apr 2024, 6pm

St. John's Church, Tilbury

Silenzio

Harpist Clara Gatti Comini performs Silenzio, for prepared harp. Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed internationally, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with both little Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity.
This performance will take place as part of concert in aid of Save the Children Gaza Appeal.

8 Mar 2024

Peninsula Hot Springs in Melbourne,

Victoria, Australia

Silenzio

Simone Spagnolo's composition for prepared harp Silenzio flies to Melbourne, where harpist Liana Perillo will give the Australian premier. The concert will celebrate International Women's Day, and it will take place at Peninsula Hot Springs. 
Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed internationally, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with small Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity.
More info on the concert on: Peninsula Hot Springs

29 Feb 2024

St. Alfege, Greenwich

Silenzio

Harpist Hoi Ying Shum performs Silenzio, for prepared harp. Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed internationally, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with both little Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity.

23 Feb 2024

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance,

London

Five Works

Following a fruitful and long term collaboration with Trinity Laban's Harp Department, five ensembles of highly talented students and recent graduates will perform a concert featuring five works by Simone Spagnolo. Three of these - Pleiades, Silenzio, and Ballade Fantastique (transcription from H. Renie') - are fairly old works, all three originally written for Trinity Laban projects. The other two - Three Folk Songs after Berio, and La Confessione di Yoshiko - are recent compositions written in 2023 for wider international projects.
This event is part of Colab, a week of collaborative musical laboratories taking place at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London. 

11 Jan 2024, 7pm

Centro de Estudios Públicos,

Santiago de Chile

Silenzio

Simone Spagnolo's prepared harp composition Silenzio flies to South America, where Maria Chiossi - principal harpist at Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile - will perform it as part of a recital at Centro de Estudios Público, in Santiago, Chile. 
Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed internationally in Europe, the US and Hong Kong, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with both little Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity.

> Listen to Silenzio on Spotify

17 Dec 2023, 7.30pm

Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Lecture Hall

Hong Kong

Silenzio

Legendary harpist Gabriella Dall'Olio performs Silenzio, for prepared harp. Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed in Europe and the US, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with both little Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity.

Gabriella Dall'Olio will present this composition as part of a special evening concert in Hong Kong's Sheung Wan Civic Centre.

> Listen to Silenzio on Spotify

6 Dec 2023, 1pm

Vestry Hall, University of West London

Silenzio

Legendary harpist Gabriella Dall'Olio performs Silenzio, for prepared harp. Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed in Europe and the US, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with both little Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity.

Later in the month, Gabriella Dall'Olio will present this composition as part of a special evening concert in Hong Kong's Sheung Wan Civic Centre.

> Listen to Silenzio on Spotify

23 Nov 2023

Copenhagen Italian Cultural Institute
Denmark

D'Hubert et Feraud

The exceptional Duo Elimo performs Simone Spagnolo's D’Hubert et Feraud at the Italian Cultural Institute of Copenhagen, Denmark. 
The concert will feature a very rich programme of 20th and 21st century Italian music, including works by Maderna Scarlatti, Menotti and Malipiero.
Originally composed in 2009, D’Hubert et Feraud is a complex, lyrical work inspired by Joseph Conrad's The Duel.
Event on FB: link
The score is published by Universal Edition

29 Oct 2023

Bolzano Contemporary Music Festival

Three Folk Songs after Berio

Drawing inspiration from Berio's well known Folk Songs, Simone Spagnolo's newly composed Three Folk Songs after Berio bring together three contrasting and peculiar songs originating from rather different folklores: a song from Abruzzo, a quasi-flamenco, and an English-Basque lullaby for a King.
Following its premiere at Trento Conservatoire, Italy, this work will be performed by Ensemble Windkraft at the Bolzano's Conservatoire, as part of the Bolzano Contemporary Music Festival 2023, alongside a rich programme of new works inspired by Berio's music. 

More info on this event can be found here.
Further details can be found on the festival's website

19 Oct 2023
Auditorium of Trento Conservatoire, Italy

Three Folk Songs after Berio

Drawing inspiration from Berio's well known Folk Songs, Simone Spagnolo's newly composed Three Folk Songs after Berio brings together three contrasting and peculiar songs originating from rather different folklores: a song from Abruzzo, a quasi-flamenco, and an English-Basque lullaby for a King.
This work will be premiered by Ensemble Windkraft as part of a wider symposium dedicated to Luciano Berio's work and his legacy; an event chaired by musicologist and composer Prof. Marco Uvietta (Universita' di Trento) and held at Conservatorio di Trento e Riva del Garda, Italy. 
The full programme can be found on Universita' di Trento's website

29 Sep 2023
Wanstead Fringe Festival, London

Low Strings Drama & Other Works

Join award-winning composer Simone Spagnolo for a unique blend of chamber music and mystery drama soundtracks. This concert will present Low Strings Drama, a musical drama for viola and violoncello in eleven variations that alternates tense and turbid moments to frantic passages and dreamy melodies.
Recently released on all music platforms, this composition was originally commissioned by Intervox Production Music to be featured in their brand new Iconica label.

Alongside this work, the concert will feature other image-based compositions for strings.

> Book your Ticket here

18 Aug 2023

Vezzano Music Festival
Chiesa Romanica di Santa Maria

Liguria, Italy

The Squonk

Superb violinist Alda Dizdari plays Simone Spagnolo's The Squonk at Vezzano Music Festival. Originally composed for The Album of Imaginary Beings project, The Squonk provides a musical representation of the mythical beast through a set of flowing, slowly dissolving arpeggios. 
More on Vezzano Music Festival here

9 Aug 2023

Castello Grifeo di Partanna
Trapani, Italy

D'Hubert et Feraud

The exceptional Duo Elimo will perform Simone Spagnolo's D’Hubert et Feraud at the spectacular Castello Grifeo di Partanna, in Sicily. 
The concert will feature a very rich programme of 20th and 21st century Italian music, including works by Malipiero, Menotti, Bianchera, and Spagnolo.
Originally composed in 2009, D’Hubert et Feraud is a complex, lyrical work inspired by Joseph Conrad's The Duel.
The score is published by Universal Edition

28 Jul 2023, 9pm

Piazza Italia, Chianciano Terme (Siena), Italy

Innuendo // Sheer Piano Attack

Gabriele Baldocci's acclaimed album Sheer Piano Attack is a pianistic tribute to Queen's music, featuring arrangements of pieces such as White QueenThe Prophet and Love of My Life.
As part of it, Simone Spagnolo has been commissioned a virtuoso piano transcription of the celebrated song Innuendo, which opens the album as its first track.
Sheer Piano Attack will be performed in Chianciano Terme, as part of I Suoni di Sillene Music Festival on Friday 28th July.
Sheer Piano Attack  can be found on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon MP3, and all other music distributors. 

22 Jul 2023, 9.30pm

Favignana in Musica 2023
Sicily, Italy

D'Hubert et Feraud

On July the 26th the exceptional Duo Elimo - violinist Giovanni Cardillo and pianist Francesco Buffa - will perform Simone Spagnolo's D’Hubert et Feraud at 'Favignana in Musica 2023', at Ex Stabilimento Florio, in Sicily. 
The concert will feature a very rich programme of 20th and 21st century Italian music, including works by Malipiero, Menotti, Bianchera, and Spagnolo.
Originally composed in 2009, D’Hubert et Feraud is a complex, lyrical work inspired by Joseph Conrad's The Duel.
The score is published by Universal Edition

14 Jul 2023, 7pm

Letna Pauza 2023
Nitrianske Pravno, Kalvaria-Solka, Slovakia

Low Strings Drama (live)

Written for viola and cello, Low Strings Drama is a composition that joins chamber and library music, in a unique, programmatic way.
Originally commissioned by Intervox Production Music (Italia), Low Strings Drama articulates through eleven movements that portray a musical mystery drama.

Cellist Kristina Chalmovska will present this work live in Slovakia, in the mesmerising Kalvaria-Solka, in the Nitry region.

Low Strings Drama can be listened to on: Intervox

6 Jun 2023, 6pm

Salvi Music London,

Battersea

Silenzio

Harpist Clara Gatti Comini performs Silenzio, for prepared harp. Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed in Europe, US and Hong Kong, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with both little Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity.

This perfomance is part of a Showcase recital taking place at Salvi Music London, alongside Trinity Laban  Harp Department.
> Buy Silenzio on iTunes

1 Jun 2023, 4.50pm

Peacock Room, Trinity Laban Conservatoire,

Greenwich

Silenzio

Harpist Clara Gatti Comini performs Silenzio, for prepared harp. Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed in Europe, US and Hong Kong, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with both little Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity.

Clara Gatti Comini will present this composition as part of her Trinity Laban  Diploma Recital.
> Buy Silenzio on iTunes

28 May 2023

Festival dei Due Mondi, Casa Menotti
Spoleto, Italy

'D'Hubert et Feraud'

On May the 28th the exceptional Duo Elimo - violinist Giovanni Cardillo and pianist Francesco Buffa - will perform Simone Spagnolo's D’Hubert et Feraud at Spoleto's Festival Dei Due Mondi, inside Casa Menotti itself. The concert will feature a very rich programme spanning from Mozart to Malipiero, Bianchera, and of course Menotti himself.
Originally composed in 2009, D’Hubert et Feraud is a complex, lyrical work inspired by Joseph Conrad's The Duel.
Read more on Casa Menotti website

10 May 2023

London College of Music, Vestry Hall
UWL, London

Two violin works

Exceptional violinist Timothy Schwarz, Head of Strings at Rowan University, New Jersey, and Visiting Professor at the London College of Music, will perform The Squonk and Ritrovare. Ricercare two solo violin compositions by Simone Spagnolo as part of programme featuring established and contemporary works.
The concert will take place at University of West London's Vestry Hall, as part of the Lunchtime Concert Series. 

Book your Free Ticket here

23 Mar 2023

St Alfege, Greenwich, UK

'Gimnopedia Rapsodica'

This is a special concert featuring a peculiar harp-ensemble by Simone Spagnolo titled Gimnopedia Rapsodica, a work for two harps, piccolo, flute, celesta, and speaking voice. This event is part of Trinity Laban Conservatoire concert series. 

15 Mar 2023

Our Lady fo Lourdes Church

Wanstead, London

Music for Strings

Join us for an exceptional concert of string-inspired music by award-winning composer Simone Spagnolo, featuring American violinist Timothy Schwarz, Head of Strings at Rowan University, New Jersey, and two unique harp-ensembles of Masters Performers from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Greenwich.

The programme will include chamber and film compositions, featuring works for solo violin, violin and piano, a graphic score for harp-flute-sax trio, and a peculiar sextet of two flues, two harps, celesta and speaking voice.

10 Mar 2023

Chapel of St Peter and St Paul,

Old Royal Naval, Greenwich, UK

'Gimnopedia Rapsodica' & 'Le Tavole del Peccato'

This is a special concert featuring two harp-ensemble works by Simone Spagnolo, Gimnopedia Rapsodica and Le Tavole del Peccato. The first, reminiscing an elegant, ancient dance, is written for a peculiar ensemble of two harps, piccolo, flute, celesta, and speaking voice. The second, on the contrary, articulates through seven picturesque graphic scores based on Genesis' original sin, and are written for a trio of flute, sax and harp.

23 Jan 2023, 4pm

Lawrence Hall, London College of Music

'Non ho dormito in questa notte mai'

Commissioned by Mifune Trio, 'Non ho dormito in questa notte mai' is a musical-action for violin, soprano sax, and 'invisible' piano. Written in 2016, and previously performed at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, this trio has now been published on the legendary Universal Edition.

This concert will celebrate this recent publication and open the London College of Music's Composition Festival.

>Explore and Buy through Universal Edition

14 Dec 2022, 1pm

Weston Hall, UWL, London

Innuendo // Sheer Piano Attack

Acclaimed pianist Gabriele Baldocci will perform Simone Spagnolo's virtuoso piano transcription of Queen's Innuendo, a work originally commissioned for Sheer Piano Attack, Baldocci's tribute album to Queen's music .
This concert will also include other transcriptions from Sheer Piano Attack a and Liszt's piano transcription of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

The concert will take place in Weston Hall, University of West London. 
Book a free seat here

12 Nov 2022

St.Augustine Church, Cambridge, UK

Nothing but dust

Nothing but dust is a new composition for choir, soloists, piano and metronomes commissioned by the St Augustine's Singers and conductor Paul Jackson.

This piece is interwoven by several, apparently unrelated elements that combine in a rather theatrical assemblage, in a sort of non-linear narrative; a narrative that probably appears paradoxical and bizarre, at first sight, but that ultimately wishes to reveal a profound reflection. The main elements that contribute to such an assemblage include a grotesque dust expert, who seems wanting to convince the audience about the importance and beauty of dust; a murderer’s confession, that lucidly and imperturbably exposes his overall vicissitudes, from the planning to the execution of the final poisoning; a mysterious melancholic voice in the distance searching for someone called Riru, perhaps a key figure in the assassination.

The premier will be held in Cambridge, on the 12th of November, at St Augustine's Church.

27 Aug 2022

Duomo di Salerno, Italy

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28 Aug 2022

Domus Arts Napoli, Italy

Innuendo // Sheer Piano Attack

Gabriele Baldocci's acclaimed album Sheer Piano Attack is a pianistic tribute to Queen's music, featuring arrangements of pieces such as White QueenThe Prophet and Love of My Life.
As part of it, Simone Spagnolo has been commissioned a virtuoso piano transcription of the celebrated song Innuendo, which opens the album as its first track.
Sheer Piano Attack will be performed in Salerno and Napoli, as part of a wider summer tour. 
Sheer Piano Attack  can be found on iTnues, Amazon MP3, Spotify, CDBaby, and all other music distributors. 

20-22 May 2022

Piano City Milano, Milan, Italy

Allemanda

Wonderful pianist Francesco Buffa brings Simone Spagnolo's piano music to Piano City Milano, the forerunner for the diffuse festivals taking place in the heart of Milan, Italy.
Presenting a programme of only Italian composers, including Scarlatti, Scontrino and Malipiero, Francesco Buffa will also perform Simone Spagnolo's Allemanda, originally written in 2008, and performed across various locations in London and the UK. 

16 Apr 2022

Birmingham Symphony Hall, UK

Orchestrations for Stand by for Action!
Gerry Anderson in Concert

Anderson Entertainment presents a unique celebration of the life and TV productions of Gerry Anderson MBE in this world premiere. This sensational show will transport fans through over 60 years of the Gerry Anderson back catalogue, paying homage to his special partnership with composers including Barry Gray, Richard Harvey and Crispin Merrell.
For this event, Simone Spagnolo has prepared four brand new orchestrations of iconic soundtracks by Barry Gray, namely Supercar, Doppelganger, Space 1999, and Secret Service
>Find info and tickets on Birmingham Symphony Hall's website.

9 Apr 2022

Sala Filarmonica, Rovereto, Italy

Silenzio

Harpoboard presents Tra Futurismo e Avanguarie, a unique spectacle featuring ten harps and either guests. The event will see the performance of iconic pieces such as John Cage's Postcard from Heaven and In a Landscape. Alongside these there ewill also by Silenzio, for prepared harp by Simone Spagnolo, 
Many thanks to harpist Francesca Tirale for this concert

17 Nov 2021, 1pm

Vestry Hall, University of West London

Silenzio

Harpist Gabriella Dall'Olio performs Silenzio, for prepared harp. Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed in Europe, US and Hong Kong, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with both little Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity.

Gabriella Dall'Olio will present this composition as part of a LCM Lunchtime Concert held in Vestry Hall, at the University of West London. 
> Buy Silenzio on iTunes

15 Sep 2021

Chiostro San Francesco, Este, Padua

Gimnopedia Rapsodica

Commissioned by harpist Giulia Azzurra Rettore, Gimnopedia Rapsodica is Simone Spagnolo's latest composition, scored for a wonderful and peculiar ensemble of piccolo, flute, two harps, celesta, and speaking voice. 
This piece wishes to evoke the ancient Greek dance of the gymnopedie, permeated of rhapsodic gestures, melodic echos, and a narrated passage drawn from Paul Valery's Dance and the Soul

Gimnopedia Rapsodica will be performed by Les Muses de la Musique, featuring flutists Alessandra Nocera and Maria Grazia Seren, harpits Giulia Rettore and Francesca Tirale, keyboardist Manuela Giotto, and actress Eleonora Marchiori.
Info on Incontri d'Estate Este 2021

30 Aug 2021

Santa Maria delle Spirito, Palermo, Sicilia

Innuendo // Sheer Piano Attack

Gabriele Baldocci's acclaimed album Sheer Piano Attack is a pianistic tribute to Queen's music, featuring arrangements of pieces such as White QueenThe Prophet and Love of My Life. As part of it, Simone Spagnolo has been commissioned a virtuoso piano transcription of the celebrated song Innuendo, which opens the album as its first track.
Sheer Piano Attack will be performed in Palermo, as part of Amici della Musica Palermo 2021 programme.
Info on Amici della Musica Palermo.
Sheer Piano Attack  can be found on iTnues, Amazon MP3, Spotify, CDBaby, and all other music distributors. 

5 Apr 2020

Dante Society London

Dystopian World

Simone Spagnolo presents Dystopian World, a new composition written in honour of all those empty streets, spaces and cities following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. A piece for solo piano, Dystopian World also is a donation to Dante Society London's initiative Su La Maschera, aimed at the divulgation of cultural themes combined with the need to feel more united at a particular moment.
Simone's presentation can be found on Dante Society London's YouTube Channel, where you can also listen to the piece and read its score. 

15 Feb 2020

Ealing Music and Film Festival, London

Enron Talk

Alongside director Paul Harvard and London College of Music composers, Simone Spagnolo will give a talk on music for theatre. This event will accompany the performance of Enron, a play by Lucy Prebble, performed as part of the Ealing Music and Film Festival.

11 Feb 2020

Borough New Music

Ellittico, di Beffe e Elegie

As part of Borough New Music series (London), Giulia Semerano Trio will perform Ellittico, di Beffe e Elegie, a six-movement compositions for violin, clarinet and piano, composed in 2012. Alongside this work, pianists Giulia Semerano and Filippo Di Bari will also premier a new composition by Simone Spagnolo for piano four-hands.

13 Oct 2019

The Stables, Milton Keynes

Innuendo // Sheer Piano Attack

Gabriele Baldocci's acclaimed album Sheer Piano Attack is a pianistic tribute to Queen's music, featuring arrangements of pieces such as White QueenThe Prophet and Love of My Life. As part of it, Simone Spagnolo has been commissioned a virtuoso piano transcription of the celebrated song Innuendo, which opens the album as its first track.
Sheer Piano Attack will finally be launched on the 13th of October at Milton Keynes' The Stables, featuring Gabriele Baldocci, Freddie Mercury’s best friend Peter Straker, and opera star Barbara Luccini.
Tickets can be booked on The Stables Website.
Sheer Piano Attack  can be found on iTnues, Amazon MP3, Spotify, CDBaby, and all other music distributors. 

3 Sep 2019, 1.45pm

East Parry Room, Royal College of Music

Arias from 'Even you, lights, cannot hear me'

Baritone James Schouten will perform selected arias from Simone's music theatre work 'Even you, lights, cannot hear me', an experimental piece based on a monologue by Chekov, which received raging reviews for its 2017 performances at Opera in the City Festival.

3, 5, 7, 8 Sep 2018, 7.30pm

Opera in the City Festival 

Bridewell Theatre, UK

★★★★★ Plays To See

★★The Stage

★★★★ London Theatre 1

Faust, Alberta

Following Opera in the City Festival's 2017 success, Time Zone Theatre has commissioned Simone Spagnolo a new operatic spectacle based on the myth of Faust.
Faust, Alberta explores the tragic story of Doctor Faustus and his fatal deal with Mephistopheles from a new, contemporary angle. The radical reworking of the classic portrays Faust as a man who has lost his identity and the sense of his journey along the way, and is desperately trying to solve the jigsaw of his existence. It is a philosophical piece about how to find one's true self. 
> Info and Bookings

13 Jul 2018, 9.30am

Conservatorio di Brescia, Italy

Silenzio

Harpist Francesca Virgilio performs Silenzio, for prepared harp. Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed in Europe, US and Hong Kong, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with both little Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity.

Francesca Virgilio will present this composition as part of her degree's final performance and written dissertation. 
> Buy Silenzio on iTunes

11 & 19 Jun 2018

Anglia Ruskin University

Cambridge and Chelmsford

Our Journey

Commissioned to celebrate Anglia Ruskin University's 25th Anniversary, Our Journey is a musico-theatrical ode inspired by John Ruskin and the values of education. The piece will feature three simultaneously playing ensembles including London's Symphony of Brass, Cambridge Voices, ARU's Performing Arts singers, one actor, and a number of soloists. This composition will take place outdoor, as part of what is expected to be a unique, exciting event.

12 May 2018

Anglia Ruskin University

De-lirious Marks

Simone Spagnolo will present his recently written essay De-lirious Marks as part of Anglia Ruskin University's Assessment Symposium, taking place in Covent Garden Drama Studio, Cambridge. The paper articulates some reflections on the rationality of marking and the irrationality of the arts, exploring the value and notion of grading university assessments within the field of the performing arts. 

11 May 2018, 7.30pm

Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

Scold's Bridle

Based on The History of Women in 100 Objects, The Scold's Bridle is a newly written musical by Rebecca Applin, who kindly composed this new, original work for Anglia Ruskin University's Performing Arts students. Simone Spagnolo will music direct the premier performance of this piece at Mumford Theatre, Cambridge. The piece is scored soloist, choir and rock band. 

5 Apr 2018

Wales International Harp Festival, London

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11 Apr 2018

St. Alfege, Greenwich, London

Silenzio

Harpist Frances Tang performs Silenzio, for prepared harp. Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed in Europe, US and Hong Kong, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with both little Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity.
> Visit Wales International Harp Festival site

> Buy Silenzio on iTunes

23 Mar 2018, 6pm

Hughes Hall, Pavilion Room, Cambridge

'Non ho dormito in questa notte mai'

Commissioned by Mifune Trio, 'Non ho dormito in questa notte mai' is a musical-action scored for violin, soprano sax, off-stage and on-stage piano. Written in 2016, and previously performed at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, this trio will now be presented at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. 

> EVENT's LINK and BOOKING

2 Mar 2018, 1pm

Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Drops of Candle Wax

Wonderful violinist Mifune Tsuji will perform Simone's solo violin piece Drops of Candle Wax, a challenging yet lyrical work exploring thematic development and harmonic, cyclical transpositions. This is a unique chance to experience Simone's instrumental music.

4 Mar 2018

Jade Channel, TVB  Hong Kong

Silenzio

Harpist Frances Tang performs Silenzio, for prepared harp. The performance will be broadcasted on TVB Hong Kong, and it'll be available on online streaming too. 
Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed in Europe and US, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with both little Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity.

> Buy Silenzio on iTunes

19-20Jan 2018

Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, UK

Mr. Burns

In association with Anglia Ruskin University's Performing Arts Course and Mumford Theatre, Simone Spagnolo will be conducting two performances of Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

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12-13 Jan 2018

Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, UK

Bring It On

In association with Anglia Ruskin University's Performing Arts Course and Mumford Theatre, Simone Spagnolo will be conducting two performances of Jeff Whitty and Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Bring It On. 

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28 Oct 2017,

Cambridge Festival of Ideas, UK

Covent Garden Studio Theatre
matinee performance
3pm

post-performance talk 4pm

evening performance 7.30pm

The Colour Blue

The Colour Blue is a daring music-theatre challenge that playfully dissects the epistemological issues defining our post-truth era. Scored for four singers, four musicians and two actors, this pieces outlines a surreal comedy with a philosophical twist.

The Colour Blue will be presented as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, at Covent Garden Studio Theatre.

> Visit the Festival's site

> Bookings open on 25th September on Cambridge Festival of Ideas

8, 11, 12 Aug 2017, 7.30pm

Opera in the City Festival

Bridewell Theatre, UK

★★★★★ Operissima Whispers

★★Live Theatre UK

Even you, lights, cannot hear me

Exploring a futuristic and elegiac vision of the end of time, Even you, lights, cannot hear me is a new operatic spectacle based on a monologue from Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Two singers, depicted as two beings embodied into one entity, wonder a surreal, yet exquisite cosmos, in which nothingness and wholeness coexist, timelessly.

Come and see this unique work, performed by the wonderful Kate Symonds-Joy and James Schouten, as part of 2017 Opera in the City Festival.

> Visit the Festival's site

> Buy Tickets here

24 Mar 2017

Baptist University of Hong Kong, HK

Silenzio

Harpist Frances Tang performs Silenzio, for prepared harp. Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed in Europe and US, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with both little Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity.

> Buy Silenzio on iTunes

Spring 2017

TEDx Talk, Pescara

Il Tempo e le Storie Infinite del Teatro Musicale

Join Simone Spagnolo at his first TEDx Talk, to be held in Pescara, Italy. He'll be exploring music-theatre's time and infinite stories. 

> VISIT TEDx PESCARA SITE

10 Mar 2017, 1pm

Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

'Non ho dormito in questa notte mai'

Commissioned by Mifune Trio, 'Non ho dormito in questa notte mai' is a brief musical-action scored for violin, soprano sax, off-stage and on-stage piano.

23 Jan 2017

Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK

Silenzio

Harpist Frances Tang performs Silenzio, for prepared harp. Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed in Europe and US, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with both little Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity.

> Buy Silenzio on iTunes

13 & 14 Jan 2017

Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, UK

Bernarda Alba

Based on Federico Garcia Lorca's masterpiece The House of Bernarda Alba, Michael John La Chiusa's Bernarda Alba is a 2006 off-Broadway musical scored for female singers and an orchestra of ten. Simone Spagnolo will conduct this work as part of an Anglia Ruskin University performance in Mumford Theatre, Cambridge.

25 Nov 2016

Sala dei Giganti, Padova, Italy

Silenzio

Wonderful harpist Giulia Rettore performs Silenzio, for prepared harp. Originally composed in 2012, and then extensively performed in Europe, US and Hong Kong, Silenzio draws from Cageian aesthetics. The harp is prepared with both little Chinese bells and foil paper, while the music articulates melodic patters of an etherial intensity.

This performance will take place as part of an event organised by 'Ed allora sarà sempre festa per te' Association.

> Buy Silenzio on iTunes

29 Oct 2016, 5.30pm

Cambridge Festival of Ideas, ARU

'Non ho dormito in questa notte mai'

Commissioned by Mifune Trio, 'Non ho dormito in questa notte mai' is a brief musical-action scored for violin, soprano sax, off-stage and on-stage piano.

> VISIT EVENT's LINK

7 Jul 2016, 1pm

St. Alfege, Greenwich

Silenzio, for prepare harp

Silenzio, for prepared harp

As part of CrossContemporary Project, harpist Micol Degl'Innocenti plays Silenzio, Simone's internationally performed piece. 

FREE Event

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