Dani Howard is a British composer and orchestrator who is quickly gaining international recognition with regular performances across Europe, the US and Asia. 2019 marked her debut with the LSO (a new commission for Cheltenham Festival conducted by Elim Chan), BBC Symphony Orchestra and a return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with a new commission for the opening of their 2019-20 season conducted by Vasily Petrenko. In 2021 she looks forward to the premiere of a new Trombone Concerto written for Peter Moore (Principal Trombone, LSO) with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as commissions with the Marian Consort, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the ORA singers among others.
Kemal’s unique ear and non-rigid approach to genre has seen him work successfully in musical theatre, jazz, film scores, large-scale orchestral works, Instagram live improvisations, an album of chamber music, and a series of piano improvisations titled 'The Key Crack Chronicles'.His varied and unpredictable approach has resulted in an output of over 100 works, the most recent of which is a commission for the Ora Singers, set to premiere in early 2021 in collaboration with the Tate Modern. Initially self-taught, he progressed to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Simon Bainbridge. He gravitated towards the natural drama and theatre within music.He was then closely mentored by the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who became one of his biggest sonic inspirations.
Diana Yukawa is a revolutionary violinist and composer of electronic classical music. Writing and releasing her own original music, a dynamic performer appearing on some of the worlds most prolific stages, she is one-third of Ghost Harmonic. Diana demonstrates that the violin is a diverse instrument captivating event-goers with her powerful performance and through her original compositions has created a refreshing, electronic classical sound that enthrals audiences all over the world.
Gabriel Jackson is one of Britain’s foremost and most celebrated composers. His music is regularly performed, recorded and broadcast throughout Europe and North America and has recently been heard as far afield as Taipei, Moscow, Skálholt, Ho Chi Minh City, Hobart, Kyiv and Kuwait. Particularly acclaimed for his choral works, he is a frequent collaborator with the leading professional groups of the world, including The Sixteen, the DR VokalEnsemblet, the State Choir “Latvija”, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, the Tallis Scholars, Ars Nova Copenhagen, the Swedish and Bavarian Radio Choirs and Philadelphia’s The Crossing, for whom he has composed four works. From 2010 to 2013 he was Associate Composer to the BBC Singers, producing a series of substantial pieces for the group including a virtuoso four-movement Choral Symphony.
Steven Daverson an alumnus of the Royal Northern College of Music & the Royal College of Music; studied under David Horne, Jonathan Cole and Mark-Anthony Turnage. His work has been featured across Europe, from Aldeburgh Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Traiettoria Parma to the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik. In 2011, Steven was the youngest-ever recipient of the Composer’s prize of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. Recent projects include a revised version Arkanar: A Report from the Interior for microtonal tuba and live electronics, performed at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse in 2018 with a UK première in 2019. In 2019-20, he became a fellow of the Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg.
Described by BBC Music Magazine as “one of the most successful composers of his generation”, Phibbs’s works have been championed by some of the world’s leading conductors, including Edward Gardner, Sakari Oramo, Vassily Petrenko and Esa-Pekka Salonen. His most recent large-scale work, a Clarinet Concerto with soloist Mark van de Wiel was released on Signum, attracting critical acclaim and was selected by The Sunday Times as one of the 100 Best Albums of 2019
Arthur Keegan-Bole is a composer based between Bristol and London, U.K. He writes both instrumental and mixed (instrumental + electronic) music. His works have been performed across the UK, the US and Canada and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, played by Ligeti Quartet, Lotte Betts-Dean, Joby Burgess, the London Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Musikfabrik. His first opera The Interrogation of Adam Pollo was awarded a Director's Choice Award from the Boston Metro Opera Company in 2014 and his most performed work, Nocturne No. 1 for guitar and electronics, was written whilst on a residency at the Eastman School of Music, New York. He is a current recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Award.
The London Oriana Choir launched Five15 in April 2016. A five-year programme promoting women composers through commissioning fifteen new works, concert programming, workshops, recordings and other activities. The next steps for the programme will see the appointing of a final year composer and the commissioning of three works in the next year. Then, the culmination of the programme will be the curation of a festival celebrating the key commissions from all five resident composers, workshops and masterclass sessions to inspire a new generation, the launching of an anthology of the 15 commissioned works and a specially recorded album.
Garry DW Judd is a contemporary classical composer whose music is driven by such diverse influences as the English Experimentalists, Erik Satie and Percy Grainger. His music has been played on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, and other broadcasters in the USA, Germany and France, by such performers as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leslie Howard and Courtney Pine. He is now working on a music project inspired by the sculpture and art of Henry Moore, working with the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens.
photo Matthew Cheale
Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation
Composer-curator-producer Colin Riley invited 25 musicians who he knew and trusted to record sympathetic responses to 17 small musical seeds; short haiku-like improvisations. They were all responding to what we have all felt many times in the last 18 months that the world is strange. Things have seemed out of kilter. We have perhaps noticed things more: birds, sunsets, small everyday details, our own ageing, inequality, and the kindness of others. We have all had to deal with isolation, and restriction in our own particular ways. From September a series of singles will be released from Isolated Places ahead on the full album in February 2022. The proceeds of the album will all go to Youth Music. A charity that provides opportunities for young people to engage with music, something sadly all-to-often unavailable for anyone on a low income.
Ben Lunn is a Mackem composer who studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the guidance of Peter Reynolds, as well as studying in the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with Marius Baranauskas. He is currently two times award winner of Scottish New Music Awards 2020 for his work with Hebrides Ensemble and Drake Music Scotland. Lunn is associate artist for Drake Music and Drake Music Scotland, and Trainee Artistic Director of the Hebrides Ensemble.
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Outside Music and supporting composers and artists; one from my favourite pastimes is whisky. So especially in a time of not much socialising I thought I might share the whisky I am mostly drinking this week!