Ivor Novello AWARD WIN 2020

Ivor Novello Win for Six Movements

Commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society in partnership with the Wigmore Hall, Six Movements for

string quartet has won an Ivor Novello award 2020. The judges cited:  


‘A finely crafted work with a wonderful arc across its whole dimension, and beautiful sounds and harmonies, offering an engaging sound-world with a successful combination of techniques and styles’

The winners were revealed on Tuesday 1 December as part of a two-hour ceremony broadcast exclusively on BBC Radio 3.

  Image: Carducci Quartet   

BBC Radio 3 première

Cheltenham Music Festival Commission

On the 24th November 2020, my string quartet

Elements of Disco received its première by the

Carducci Quartet in a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3

as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival.

Elements of Disco was commissioned

by the Cheltenham Music Festival in 

partnership with BBC Radio 3.

  Image: Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's   


LSO Soundhub Première

New work June Tune performed by members

of the London Symphony Orchestra as part of

the LSO Discovery Soundhub Showcase.

15th February 2020,

LSO St Luke's,


  Image: Wigmore Hall, London  


On the 17th July 2019, my new string quartet Six Movements received its première by the Bloomsbury Quartet at the Wigmore Hall, alongside works by Schulhoff & Maconchy,

commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society.

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'Bloomsbury Morning'

Click below to read my latest blog post written for the Royal Philharmonic Society about my composing process and notes on my new string quartet Six Movements, which received its première by the Bloomsbury Quartet on 17th July 2019

at the Wigmore Hall.

  Image: Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective  


Piano Quartet Première

As part of the Cheltenham Music Festival's 'Composium' day 2019, my new Piano Quartet received its première by Tom Poster's Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective at the Pitville Pump Room in Cheltenham on the

10th July 2019. 

  Image: The Bloomsbury Quartet  


'Life as an Apprentice Composer'

Click below to read my first blog post written for the Royal Philharmonic Society about my time so far as the 2018/19 Rosie Johnson Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer, reflecting on my time so far at the Wigmore Hall writing for members of

the Bloomsbury Quartet.

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royal philharmonic society

composition prize 2018/19

Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer

For 2018-19, I am the Royal Philharmonic Society Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer. As part of this, I will observe, take part in and collaborate on projects led by Wigmore Hall's thriving Learning Department, and receive tailored development support from the RPS, as well as mentorship from Wigmore Hall's Composer in Residence, Helen Grime. My apprenticeship will culminate in the world première of my RPS Composition Prize commission, a new string quartet, performed by the fantastic Bloomsbury Quartet at the Wigmore Hall on 17th July next year, for more details:

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Panufnik Scheme

As part of the London Symphony Orchestra's Panufnik Scheme, my work Flux for symphony orchestra was workshopped and performed by the LSO, conducted by François-Xavier Roth at LSO St Luke’s, London. The scheme was guided by renowned composer Colin Matthews and is devised by the Orchestra in association with Lady Panufnik in memory of her late husband, the composer

Sir Andrzej Panufnik.

  Image: LSO SoundHub Concert  


Première of October Tune for Sextet

As a London Symphony Orchestra SoundHub Associate, my sextet October Tune was performed by the LSO Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Darren Bloom at LSO St Luke's, London.

The performance was recorded by the LSO and

published on their YouTube channel.

Click the link below to watch.

  Image: Pianist George Fu  


Solo piano work for George Fu

I was commissioned by Listenpony for a new solo piano work for pianist George Fu. My work Preludes was performed as part of a UK tour in 2018: Centrala, Birmingham; Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester; The Playground Theatre, London. George Fu subsequently took my piece to the Borough New Music Festival in 2019, receiving a second performance at St George the Martyr Church, Borough High Street, Southwark London.

  Image: The Great Hall, University of Birmingham  


Remembering the Great War, Birmingham

Commission by the University of Birmingham to write a new saxophone duet to open a commemorative event of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.  Somewhere Among the Clouds Above was performerd by Jennifer Akroyd & Luke Riedlinger on 1st November 2018 in Birmingham's Great Hall, which was used as a military hospital during the

Great War.

  Image: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group  


Three Movements for Chamber Ens.

My work Three Movements for large chamber ensemble was performed by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group  at the

CBSO Centre in Birmingham

on the 3rd May 2018.

  Image: The Ligeti Quartet  


All Things for String Q.

My work All Things for String Quartet was workshopped and performed at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts as part of CrossCurrents  Contemporary Music Festival in

Birmingham, February 2018.

  Image: The Britten Sinfonia  


Break for Cello and Chamber Ens.

My work Break for solo cello and chamber ensemble was workshopped in a public masterclass by Master of the Queen's Music Judith Weir, and performed by the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Hugh Brunt at West Road in Cambridge.

  Image: Benjamin Powell of Psappha  


Foil for Benjamin Powell

As part of Psappha's 'Composing For' talent development initiative, my work Foil for solo piano was performed by Benjamin Powell and recorded by Psappha Manchester. Click the link below to watch the video. Supported by Arts Council England,

and PRS.

  Image: BSO Composers' Day   



Composers' Day

Sextet October Tune selected was be performed in a public masterclass with Kokoro - members from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - at the Lighthouse in Poole. Led by Mark-Anthony Turnage.