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.
Bobbie-Jane Gardner is a composer, arranger and educator based in Birmingham. Her music stems from a love of African-American orchestral RnB and Soul from the 60s and 70s, Hip Hop sampling culture, jazz, soul and funk. Bobbie has received commissions from Vivid Projects, Grand Union, Heart n Soul, Spitalfields Music, Black Country Touring, Onyx Brass and Wild Plum Arts. Her work has been performed by leading ensembles including Psappha, Project Instrumental, City of London Sinfonia, London Symphony Orchestra and Ethereal World.Bobbie’s music has been performed at international festivals, including the Cheltenham Music Festival, Frontiers Festival and the London Jazz Festival.
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.
Anibal Vidal is a Chilean composer based in London, whose multifaceted career spans concert music, music for media, and multidisciplinary projects.He draws on his South American heritage and diverse musical influences to produce immersive works characterized by gradual processes of gestural repetition and timbral experimentation.His creative process embraces the self-discovering nature of his approach to both, traditional and unconventional instruments to create an imaginative sound palette.
Deborah Pritchard is an award-winning British composer known for her concert works, synaesthesia and collaborative work with visual artists, most notably Maggi Hambling. She also paints music in the form of visualisations and music maps. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales premiered her large orchestral work The Angel Standing in the Sun in 2016, she won a British Composer Award for her solo violin piece Inside Colour (commissioned by the London Sinfonietta) in 2017, and her new violin concerto Calandra was premiered by Jennifer Pike and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in 2022.
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
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.
Samuel Andreyev is a composer, author, professor and host of the Samuel Andreyev Podcast.His chamber, orchestral, vocal and solo works have been performed, recorded and broadcast throughout the world. His YouTube channel, interviews and lectures have reached millions of people. Samuel Andreyev’s music has been featured in portrait concerts in Bern, Geneva, Toronto, Paris, Kyiv, Strasbourg, Montréal, Tours, and many other cities. Andreyev is a laureat of the Henri Dutilleux Prize (2012, for ‘Night Division’), and the Grand Prix Lycéen des Compositeurs (2020, for ‘Vérifications’). He is also Vice President of the music council of the Fondation Prince Pierre (Monaco).
Thomas Hyde is a composer described by Opera Magazine as ‘clearly his own man on his own turf’ . His largest work to date is the one-man opera, That Man Stephen Ward, premiered to great acclaim in 2008 and revived by Nova Music Opera at the Cheltenham Festival in 2015. A commercial recording, featuring Damian Thantrey was issued by Resonus Classics in 2017 was described by one reviewer as, ‘the most impressive and genuinely exciting work by a young British composer I have heard in years'. Recent compositions have included a Symphony premiered by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow in March 2018, and a comedy overture inspired by Les Dawson for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales premiered at the 2018 Lichfield Festival, as well as a setting of the Magnificat for The Sixteen, commissioned by Concertgebouw Bruges.
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.
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