Bastard Assignments is a composers’ collective that curates gigs mainly in south London as well as showing our work across the UK and Europe.
We have performed at LCMF, in Copenhagen and Århus with AUT, Frontiers Festival in Birmingham, Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, London Topophobia and headlined Nonclassical’s clubnight. In 2016 we received a British Council Artists’ International Development Grant for performances in Berlin and Munich. Our performance at Southbank Centre in September 2016 was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now programme.
In 2017/18 we are participants on Snape Malting’s Open Space programme.
Formed at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2011 and run by a changing group of artists, Bastard Assignments is directed by Timothy Cape and Edward Henderson. Our own shows – which this year have featured performances by British and international artists including Alwynne Pritchard, Neil Luck, Andrew Hamilton and Neele Hülcker — are produced by Cape and Henderson with Caitlin Rowley and Josh Spear.
Our 2016/17 London series, NEW TEETH, is funded by Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation. Previous events and seasons have received funding from the Sound and Music Composer Curator scheme (S/M/L, 2014) and Arts Council England (shows in Peckham and our Fresh & Clean series, 2015).
Timothy Cape is a composer and performer interested in the theatrical possibilities of musical performance. Recent projects have developed beyond instrumental work, exploring the use of language as a tool for a performance’s introspection. His interest in the inherent musicality contained in the nuances of conversational speech has lead to pieces dealing with political issues such as advertising and the value of work, and other themes such as the ego of the artist and the anxiety of the performer.
He has been recipient of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition prize, the Francis Chagrin Award from Sound and Music, a Help Musicians talent bursary to study with Jennifer Walshe and a Britten Pears commission to write for the Project Instrumental String Ensemble.
He is appreciative of and committed to the social and cultural value of live performance sharing.
He also enjoys surfing, apple crumble and long journeys.
Edward Henderson is a composer and performer based in south London. He makes work with instructional scores, found materials, repetition and duration. Edward studied music at the University of Cambridge and composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where he won the Directors Prize for Composition and was a finalist in the Gold Medal Showcase at Kings Place.
He co-directs the composers’ collective Bastard Assignments, curating and contributing work to regular shows in London. Bastard Assignments have featured in articles and profiles in The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Wire.
Edward has made two theatrical pieces for Second Movement’s Rough for Opera night, Manspangled and Hum, both of which transferred to Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival at Kings Place. He was commissioned by the pianist Jean-Bernard Marie to write Milk 2 a solo piano piece that has been widely performed across Europe and at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney as part of Resonate 2015. The 2015 London Contemporary Music Festival (LCMF) was opened by a performance of his Tape Piece.
In 2016 Edward was a member of the Composer-Performer workshop at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt where he made the solo performance piece Totally. He performed his work FIGHTING on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now show with Bastard Assignments.
He teaches at Morley College, Trinity Laban and City Lit and runs two inclusive community choirs for Certitude.