by Icarus in New Music on Saturday 18 February 2012

In 2011, I was fortunate to be a part of the London Sinfonietta’s Writing The Future scheme which threw me in at the deep end of contemporary classical composition in the UK. In all that time, Thomas Ades, who can perhaps be seen as the lifeblood of that scene in the 21st century, always remained a character obscured by a Kafka-like haze until I heard Tevot and In Seven Days performed recently, both of which have stuck with me as a result of their kaleidoscopic, frenetic energy.