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24th May 2016 New Work Okeanos & Ensemble Continuum, Gallery 345, Toronto

Premiere of new work in collaboration with artist/film maker Rebecca Salter (RA).

19th/20th May 2016 Emilíana Torrini and the Iceland Symphony, Reykjavik

I have arranged Nightfall, Caterpillar and Blood Red for Emilíana Torrini and the Iceland Symphony. Conductor Hugh Brunt.

1st April 2016 LSO The Panufnik Legacies II - New release

'LSO Live present an album of new works by emerging composers, all
of whom have been members of the Panufnik Composers Scheme. Devised by the LSO in association with Lady Panufnik in memory of her late husband, the composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik....Taking a theme from Sir Andrzej Panufnik’s Universal Prayer as a starting-point, the work features a series of variations showcasing the sounds and styles of Panufnik Scheme alumni Max de Wardener,Evis Sammoutis, Christopher Mayo, Toby Young, Elizabeth Winters, Larry Goves, Raymond Yiu, Anjula Semmens and Edmund Finnis, bookended by an opening and conclusion by Colin Matthews.'

Review by WQXR here

15th February 2016 Loneliest Whale


Short film produced by Park Pictures and directed by Tom Tagholm. Music by me.

10th December 2015 7th Heaven Live Score @BFI 730pm

'Sonic Cinema has teamed up with the formidable talents of British musical powerhouses KT Tunstall, Mara Carlyle and composer Max de Wardener to present a brand new BFI-commissioned score to Borzage’s classic. Perhaps the most sublimely lyrical of all the silent-era romances, this tale of transformational love sees Charles Farrell’s sewage worker and Janet Gaynor’s street waif rise above poverty and war to be together. Martin Scorsese’s observation that Borzage’s films unfold in ‘lover’s time’ was never more apt, and the tender emotions Borzage captures build to an unforgettable, transcendental climax.'

25th November 2015 The Union Chapel Organ Project Third Birthday Celebration @Union Chapel 7:30

21st November 2015 Piano Concerto - Venezuela

Visit to Venezuela for a performance of my piano Concerto with Will Dutta, Matthew Yee-King and the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Caracas, Simón Bolívar Hall, Caracas.

A British Council/FundaMusical/Chimera Productions partnership.

25th September 2015 - Why Music? Radio 3 Live Broadcast

As part of the Why Music? festival Mara and me rearranged our Body of Song's kidney song (see below) for solo vocal (Mara), vocal trio Juice and synth (me). We performed it live for Radio 3 from the Welcome trust. You can listen to it here.

1st April 2015 - Body of Songs

Mara and me contributed to Body of Songs project, a collection of songs inspired by organs of the body. Tom Skinner played the drums.

Arranging - 13th June 2014 UNKLE@RFH / 5th to 12th April 2014 The Crackle@ROH

As part of James Lavelle's Meltdown at the Southbank I arranged two pieces (Rabbit in your headlights and The Answer) for the UNKLE opening concert. In april I arranged Matthew Herbert's new opera The Crackle at the Royal Opera House.

27th March 2014 Taking Time - Installation at St.Marys Hospital, London

I have provided sound for Anne Harild's beautiful time-lapse film 'Taking Time' which is to be permanently installed at St.Mary's Hospital this summer. Here is a link to the finished film.

22nd March 2014 Hear and Now - BBC Radio 3


As part of the festival to mark the newly restored organ at the RFH I am performing a small set with percussionists Joby Burgess, Genevieve Wilkins and sho player Robin Thompson live from the south bank centre.
More details here.

9th February 2014 Genia and Max de Wardener Outhear - Kings Place

'Described by The Times as 'an outstanding musician', Piano-Yoga® founder pianist GéNIA returns to Kings Place with an eclectic mix of contemporary piano music.

The programme includes Sofia Gubaidulina's Sonata, the vibrant 'Techno Etudes' of Karen Tanaka, hypnotic minimalism of ECM's Nik Bartsch as well as new works written by GéNIA and British composer Max de Wardener.'

26th January 2014 Storyville BBC2 - The Big Melt

'Until my blood is pure' taken from my 2004 Accidental Album has become part of the score for a new feature documentary by Martin Wallace and Jarvis Cocker.

'A special commission as part of the 100 Years of Stainless Steel celebrations, The Big Melt tells the story of steel with the help of a host of Sheffield musicians - including a string quartet, a brass band, members of Pulp, Richard Hawley, The Forgemasters and a youth choir. Taking you on a musical journey into the soul of a nation, The Big Melt brings to life the ghosts of our past, leading us into the belly of the furnaces and showing how our national characters have been stamped from the mighty presses of our industrial heritage - a new kind of Sheffield heavy metal, with pictures!'

There is also a preview screening and Q and A with Jarvis Cocker and Martin Wallace on 8th January at the Curzon Chelsea. Info here.

16th January 2014 The Beast - London Short Film Festival @ Hackney Picture House 18:45

Wrote score for short film The Beast (Warp Films) directed by Corinna Faith staring Joseph Mawle, Kate Dickie and Raffey Cassidy. The score features Sylvia Hallet playing hardanger fiddle and hurdy gurdy. Info here.

9th December 2013 Oliver Coates Album - Towards the Blessed Island

Contributed two pieces for Oliver Coates's debut solo album on Prah recordings. Other works by Laurence Crane, Larry Goves, David Fennessy, Squarepusher and Xenakis.

Available on Vinyl, CD and download.

12th October 2013 Faster Than Sound - Roots
Aldeburgh Britten Studio, Snape 8pm

'Inspired by Britten’s many arrangements of folk songs, this event takes the original songs that inspired him and asks six very different musicians to create their own interpretions. Bringing together Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, Green Gartside of Scritti Politti, singer-songwriter Mara Carlyle, acoustic and electronic composer Anna Meredith, house and techno composer South London Ordnance, and Max de Wardener, whose work ranges from electronica to instrument making.'

Here's a video currently being streamed on the Guardian wesbsite.

5th September 2013 Piano Concerto

Will Dutta and the Heritage Orchestra premiere my piano concerto at Village Underground. The electronics are being realised by Manuel Poletti (IRCAM).

19th June 2013 Percussion Concerto

Colin Currie, Kwame Ryan and the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine give the world premiere of my Percussion Concerto 'Pithos' in Bordeaux's newly built auditorium Salle Henri Dutilleux. Details here.

10th May 2013 Village at the End of the World

Jonas Colstrop and myself wrote the score for Sarah Gavron's new documentary in cinemas now. The film won Czech Radio Award at the One World festival 2013 for best sound and music.

April 13th 2013 London Symphony Orchestra - Variations on a theme by Andrzej Panufnik

Composed one of a set of short variations, commissioned by London Symphony Orchestra
Premiere at Barbican Hall, conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth.
Other works include Pierre Boulez's Notations and Debussy's La mer
Barbican Hall
April 13th, 7.30pm

20th January 2013 Manhunt Premiere at Sundance Film Festival

Contributed additional score for new HBO feature 'Manhunt' premiering at Sundance film festival

7th December 2012 Will Dutta at the BFI Waterloo

A unique live presentation of Dutta's debut album in the main auditorium (NFT1). More Info here

5th November 2012 New Powerplant album 24 Lies Per Second (Signum Classics)

Here's a preview of the video included on the CD.

7th October 2012 New Radiophonic Workshop at the Southbank for part of the Ether Festival

A day of talks, open sessions and events based around the work of the New Radiophonic Workshop.
Tickets here

More information on New Radiophonic Workshop here

June 20th 2012

DJ set at Will Dutta album launch at BFI. Tickets here

May 14th 2012 Will Dutta - release of album 'Parergon'

I contributed a track for Will Dutta's debut album 'Parergon' (Just Music). Other contributors include Plaid and John Matthias.

9th & 18th May 2012 / 24 Lies Per Second

Joby Burgess,Kathy Hinde and Richard Fairclough (Powerplant) perform my percussion suite, 24 lies per second at Sounds New Festival in Canterbury (9th May) and Wiltshire Music Centre (18th May). The piece is inspired by the films and words of Austrian film director Michael Haneke. Here's some information about the making of the visuals.

12th April 2012 / Radio 3 11:00pm - Late Junction Maida Vale Session with Oliver Coates

Programme features brilliant Oliver Coates playing my overtone cello music for autoharps and whirlies with Ed Finnis, Aisha Orazbayeva, Mara Carlyle, Rowan Oliver and myself. We also play a short study from Oliver's Apollo 11 project. The session can be downloaded as podcast here.

29th March 2012 / Du bist die Ruh

Mara Carlyle and me rearranged Franz Schubert's Du bist die Ruh for part of Radio 3's Sprit of Schubert season. We performed it live with Al Cherry (guitar) and Dan Teper (accordian). You can watch it here.

26 Feb 2012 / Roundhouse Main Space with Imogen Heap and Ana Silvera

I've recently arranged the music for Ana Silvera and The Estonian Television Girls Choir for this night at the Roundhouse for part of the reverb festival.

Imogen Heap
The Holst Singers (conductor Hugh Brunt)
Ana Silvera
The Estonian Television Girls Choir (conductor Aarne Saluveer)

Buy tickets here.


17th Feb 2012 / Woman In The Fifth

I wrote the score for Pawel Pawilkovski's new film 'Woman in the Fifth' staring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas released in cinemas on 17th Feb 2012