The programme is supported by an Arts Portfolio Grant from The Leverhulme Trust. The London Philharmonic Orchestra is extremely grateful for the long-term support of The Leverhulme Trust for this programme.
Excerpt from Entwined
Performed by the Royal Northern College of Music's Brand New Day Orchestra
Conductor: Duncan Ward
Clarinet: Rocio Bolaños
Oboe: David Curington
Daniel began his musical education at the age of eight when he started playing the violin. He first received composition lessons at the Royal College of Music Junior Department where he studied with Avril Anderson. He then went on to study at the St Petersburg Conservatoire, receving lessons in composition from Professor Sergey Slonimsky. He studied for a BMus (Hons) at the Royal Northern College of Music and continued on as a Masters student, currently studying with Gary Carpenter and David Horne.
Recently he toured with the Manchester Camerata, conducting his harpsichord concerto Feuersturm, written for Mahan Esfahani. His piano trio Flux and Stasis received critical acclaim in The Times and was written for and premiered by the Fournier Trio in the Park Lane Group’s New Year Concert Series. Other recent performances include premieres of his works by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 10/10 Ensemble and at the Adelaide International Cello Festival 2011, where he was invited and attended as a guest composer.
Extract from Middlegame
Performed by Andrew Matthews-Owen
Described as ‘…intricately and skillfully wrought’ by The Sunday Times, Hannah’s music has attracted the attentions of some of the UK’s finest groups including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and Philharmonia Orchestra, with performances at the Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio Theatre, The Place and Cheltenham Music Festival, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio.
Born in London in 1984, Hannah went on to graduate from the University of Exeter with First Class Honours in Music, having studied composition with Joe Duddell. Hannah also completed a Masters in Advanced Composition with Distinction from the Royal College of Music studying with Kenneth Hesketh and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Royal College of Music Study Award and RVW Trust.
Hannah is deeply committed to contemporary culture as a whole and often works collaboratively with artists from other art forms. She has developed a fruitful creative relationship with Poet Rick Holland, setting Fundamental for choir and brass quintet, described as being ‘a hugely accomplished work’ by Music OMH. Hannah also worked closely with choreographer Symeon Kyriakopoulos in creating Labyrinthine, which was premiered at The Place as part of the Resolution! Festival in 2009. Most recently, Hannah joined forces with Gallery Libby Sellers in developing ‘Middlegame’ for solo piano, which took its inspiration from the Gallery’s GAMES exhibition. Commissioned by the Richard Thomas Foundation, the work was premiered at the space in July by Andrew Matthews-Owen and will be expanded into a three-movement piece to be performed by Andrew at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room in May 2013.
Other future projects include a new work for Southbank Sinfonia, commissioned by Victoria Sharp, which will also be premiered in 2013, the ensemble’s 10th anniversary year.
Peter Yarde Martin
Excerpt from Comus
Peter Yarde Martin has just finished studying for a Master’s degree in
Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Malcolm
Singer, and is Music Director at St. Peter's Church, Notting Hill, where he plays the organ and runs a gospel choir.
He studied music at Pembroke College, Cambridge, graduating with a
double first in 2010, and was the Sydney Kenderdine Organ Scholar at
Pembroke, winning the John Stewart of Rannoch Scholarship in 2008.
While at Guildhall, he has won the Mary Ryan Award and Ian
Horsbrough Memorial Prize for best postgraduate composition, and is
generously supported by the Countess of Munster Trust and Dr John
and Mrs Jo Padfield.
Earlier this year, his piece for mixed octet 'Hidden steps' was performed
by musicians from the Guildhall and the BBC Symphony Orchestra as
part of the BBC's Total Immersion series. He has received commissions
from the Richmond Concert Society and the Worshipful Company of
Stationers and Newspaper Makers. His chamber group Sudden
Junction performs a mixture of contemporary composition and
arrangements of electronica, pop and renaissance music.
Peter has collaborated recently with choreographer Anne Marie
Kristensen, with performances at The Place Theatre, Rich Mix, St.
Peter's Church Notting Hill and Resolution! 2012 Dance Festival. He
also works with poet John Mackay, writing a piece for Voiceworks at
the Wigmore Hall in 2011 and with a song cycle in progress.
Excerpt of Frenetics
Performed by Thumb, conducted by Dan Watson
Excerpt from Stephen Willey’s music explores a wide range of different styles and outputs. His music has fuses a number influences including (but not limited to) Rock, Funk, Folk, Contemporary, Ambient and Theatre. To date, he has composed music for concert, theatre and dance performances and actively explores different mediums including both acoustic and electronic.
Stephen graduated with a First Class degree in Music Composition from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2010. He is currently studying towards a Masters at Birmingham Conservatoire with scholarships from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and Birmingham Conservatoire, studying under Ed Bennett, Michael Wolters, Richard Causton and Joe Cutler.
Recent performances include pieces for Martin Roscoe (Piano) at Stratford Music Festival, Garth Knox (Viola & Electronics) at Birmingham Conservatoire, Thumb Ensemble at Greenbelt Festival and The Forge, London. His music has also been featured in the Netherlands and Indonesia.
In 2009 Stephen won the Phillip Bates Contemporary Songwriting Competition Audience Prize. He has also received commissions and performances from BCMG, Decibel Ensemble, Mary Dullea and Darragh Morgan (Violin & Piano), Birmingham Conservatoire Saxophone Ensemble and his own ensemble, of which he is a co-founder, ‘Thumb’.
Active as a Theatre composer, Stephen has had the pleasure of working on productions of The Chalk Caucasian Circle, The Women of Troy and The Bacchae with The Rep Theatre Birmingham, Hampshire Youth Theatre, The Old Rep and The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton with directors Tim Ford and Kerry Murdock. Stephen is Creative Director at Etch, providing alternative music solutions for a wide range of applications.