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John  Casken

Born: July 15th, 1949
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Upcoming :
2017-09-20 | London (United Kingdom), Wigmore Hall — 19:30
John Casken writes in a manifestly 21st-century style, incorporating elements of expressionism and lyrical atonality as well as free tonality, which are used in varying degrees piece by piece. His music is usually direct in appeal, with melodic writing not unlike Maw’s, and repays repeated and focused listening. Guy Rickards, Gramophone 2014

One of the UK’s leading composers, John Casken was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, on 15 July 1949 and read Music at the University of Birmingham, studying Composition under John Joubert and Peter Dickinson. From 1971-72 he studied in Poland with Andrzej Dobrowolski at the Academy of Music in Warsaw on a Polish Government Scholarship. It was during this time that he began to have regular consultations with Witold Lutosławski with whom he formed a close association and friendship, and about whose music he has written and lectured. Casken returned to Birmingham as a Lecturer in 1973, and after a Fellowship at Huddersfield Polytechnic in 1980 he was appointed as Lecturer at the University of Durham in 1981. From 1992-2008 he was Professor of Music at The University of Manchester and retains strong links with Manchester as Emeritus Professor of Music. Casken also plays an active role in the musical community in rural Northumberland as Music Director of Coquetdale Chamber Choir, and as Artistic Director and Chairman of Alwinton Summer Concerts.

The libretto for Casken’s first opera, Golem (1988), based on the Jewish legend, was written by the composer in collaboration with Pierre Audi, who commissioned and directed the work for the 1989 Almeida Festival. Golem has received six further productions since 1989: Opera Omaha, 1990; Northern Stage, 1991; Theater Dortmund, 1994; Aspen Festival, 2000; Neue Operbühne Berlin 2001; Opéra de Rennes and Angers Nantes Opéra, 2006. It was also awarded the First Britten Prize for Composition in 1990 and the Virgin Classics recording with the original cast won the 1991 Gramophone Award in the Contemporary Category.

Casken’s second opera, God’s Liar (2000), elaborated Tolstoy’s novella Father Sergius, the composer writing the libretto in collaboration with Emma Warner. The work was jointly co-commissioned and presented by The Almeida Festival, London, and Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie, Brussels in 2001, directed by Keith Warner, with the Almeida Ensemble conducted by Ronald Zollman. It was recorded for Belgian Radio and subsequently broadcast by BBC Radio 3, introduced by the composer. God’s Liar received a new production in 2004 in the KlangBogen Festival by Neue Oper Wien directed by Stephan Bruckmeier.

A number of Casken’s works reflect aspects of the North of England, where he lives in Coquetdale in Northumberland: Orion Over Farne (1984) for orchestra, To Fields We Do Not Know (1985), a Northumbrian Elegy for unaccompanied chorus, written for the BBC Singers, and the orchestral song-cycle Still Mine (1992), written for Thomas Allen for the 1992 BBC Proms and awarded the 1993 Prince Pierre de Monaco Prize for Musical Composition.

His long held friendship with Royal Northern Sinfonia and role as Composer in Association from 1990-2000 has resulted in many works, including Maharal Dreaming (1989), the Cello Concerto (1991), written for Heinrich Schiff, premièred at the 1991 Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Darting the Skiff (1993) for strings, for the 1993 Cheltenham Festival, and Après un silence (1998) for violin and chamber orchestra, with Kyra Humphreys. Farness (2006), three poems of Carol Ann Duffy (2006) for soprano, solo viola and chamber orchestra, was premièred at the 2006 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with Patricia Rozario and Ruth Killius, directed by Thomas Zehetmair.

Casken also had a long association with The Lindsays for whom he has written three string quartets. Rest-ringing (2005) for string quartet and orchestra was commissioned by The Hallé for the quartet in the year of their retirement. He wrote Piano Trio (2002) for The Florestan Piano Trio, and his third quartet, Choses en moi (2003), was taken up by Quatuor Danel.

Casken’s Violin Concerto (1995), premièred at the 1995 Proms with Dmitri Sitkovetsky, was later taken up by Daniel Hope. His first symphony Symphony (Broken Consort) (2004) was commissioned for the BBC Philharmonic for the 2004 Proms, and Concerto for Orchestra (2007) for the Nationaltheater-Orchesters Mannheim was premiered in 2008. Recent orchestral works include an oboe concerto for the Hallé and their principle oboist Stephane Rancourt, Apollinaire’s Bird (2013), premiered under Sir Mark Elder in 2014, Casken’s 65th birthday year. That Subtle Knot (2013), a double concerto for Royal Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair and Ruth Killius, was premiered the same year at the Sage Gateshead with subsequent performances including Camerata Salzburg at the Salzburg Festival, Munich Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minneapolis. In 2016 his Concerto for Orchestra was selected by the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance for performance in Ljubljana.

Casken’s rich body of ensemble works include Deadly Pleasures (2009) for narrator and ensemble, which toured the UK with Johanna Lonsky and Counterpoise throughout 2009/10 and Winter Reels (2010) for ensemble Psappha. The Dream of the Rood (2008), written for The Hilliard Ensemble and and large instrumental ensemble, is a setting of Casken’s own adaptation of the Early English poem which also has its roots in the ancient kingdom of Northumbria. This work was premiered in Liverpool in October 2008 as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations, won the British Academy of Composers Award in the Vocal Category in 2009 and toured the Netherlands with The Hilliard Ensemble and Asko Ensemble in 2014. Other chamber works include Stolen Airs (2015) for cello and piano, Serpents of Wisdom (2015) for horn and piano, premiered in January 2016 at Wigmore Hall, and Lines from a Wanderer (2016), commissioned by Alnwick Music Society and premiered in November 2016 by baritone Marcus Farnsworth and pianist James Baillieu.

Casken’s music has been recorded on Collins Classics, ECM, NMC Recordings, and Metier, among others. His latest disc of orchestral music, Orion Over Farne, was recorded by the Hallé and Markus Stenz for NMC in 2014.
1949
Born 15 July, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
1960-67
Educated at Barnsley and District Holgate Grammar School
1967-71
University of Birmingham, B.Mus., M.A., studies Composition with John Joubert and Peter Dickinson
1971
Polish Government Scholarship to study in Warsaw, September 1971 – December 1972

Regular classes at the Academy of Music with Andrzej Dobrowolski and consultations with Witold Lutosławski
1973-79
Lecturer in Music, University of Birmingham, to December 1979
1973
'Jadu' (unpublished) selected by SPNM

"Kagura" London premiere

first BBC broadcast Music for Cello and Piano (unpublished) BBC Young Composers’ Forum
1975
‘Transition and Transformation in the Music of Witold Lutosławski’, Contact, Autumn 1975
1977
"Tableaux des Trois Ages" for orchestra
1978
"Amarantos" for nine players, "Ia Orana, Gauguin" for soprano and piano
1979
Composition Tutor on course for young composers, Britten Pears School, Snape

Guest Lecturer, Britten Pears School, on the music of Witold Lutosławski, in the presence of the composer (and again in 1981)
1980-81
Research Fellow in Musical Composition, Huddersfield Polytechnic
1980
Featured Composer, Bath International Festival

"Firewhirl" for soprano and small ensemble
1981-92
Lecturer in Music, University of Durham
1981
"String Quartet No. 1"
1982
"Masque" for oboe and small orchestra
1984
Featured Composer, Musica Nova, Glasgow

"Orion over Farne" for orchestra

"Piper’s Linn" for Northumbrian Pipes
1985
Gives the Ingolf Dahl Memorial Lecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, to mark the opening of the Polish Music Reference Center, on the music of Witold Lutosławski, in the presence of the composer.

"Vaganza" for large ensemble
1986
BBC Proms performances of "Orion over Farne" and "To Fields We Do Not Know " (premiere)

"Salamandra" for two pianos
1987
Visiting Composer, University of Southern California, Santa Barbara
1988
"Erin" for double bass and small orchestra
1989
Featured Composer, Almeida Festival, London Featured Composer, International New Music Week, Southampton

"Golem" chamber opera in two acts

"Maharal Dreaming" for orchestra
1990
Golem wins The First Britten Prize for Musical Composition

American premiere of Golem , Opera Omaha

Awarded D.Mus. by University of Durham

Piano Quartet
1990-2000
Composer in Association, Northern Sinfonia
1991
CD recording of Golem wins Gramophone Award for Best Contemporary Recording

Cello Concerto

UK tour of Golem with Arts Council Contemporary Music Network Tour
1992
Rockefeller Foundation Award to work at the Study Center, Bellagio, Italy

Still Mine for baritone and orchestra

Sharp Thorne for vocal ensemble

Tableaux des Trois Ages performed by BBC Philharmonic and Yan Pascal Tortelier: begins long association with BBC Philharmonic
1992-2008
Professor of Music, The University of Manchester
1993
Still Mine wins Prince Pierre de Monaco Prize for Musical Composition

Darting the Skiff for string orchestra
1994
German premiere of Golem , Theater Dortmund

String Quartet No. 2

Infanta Marina for cor anglais and small ensemble
1995
Violin Concerto for violin and orchestra

Conducts Northern Sinfonia in premiere recordings of Dartking the Skiff , Maharal Dreaming, and Vaganza (Collins Classics, re-released on NMC in 2003)
1996
Sortilège for orchestra

Distant Variations for saxophone quartet and wind orchestra

Awarded FRNCM (Fellowship of the Royal Northern College of Music)
1997
Invited Speaker at Lutosławski Symposium, Chopin Institute, University of Warsaw

Artistic Advisor, ‘Breaking Chains’ Festival of Lutosławski’s music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London Chairman of BBC Young Composers’ Competition, Manchester
1998
Après un silence for violin and piano/ ensemble
2000
Golem presented at Aspen Festival

Piano Trio
2001
God's Liar, an opera after Tolstoy

To the lovers' well for vocal ensemble

Berlin premiere of Golem, Neue Opernbuehne Berlin

‘The visionary and the dramatic in the music of Witold Lutosławski’ – chapter in Lutosławski Studies (ed. Zbigniew Skowron, OUP)
2002
Guest Composer, St Petersburg, conducts Firewhirl and Infanta Marina in the Maly Zal, Philharmonic Hall
2003
Conducts Cello Concerto with Munich Chamber Orchestra and Heinrich Schiff

Blue Medusa for bassoon and piano
2004
Jury Member of Sinfonia Baltica International Composer’s Competition, Riga, Latvia

Symphony (Broken Consort)

Austrian premiere of God's Liar , Neue Oper Wien in the KlangBogen Festival, Vienna

Featured composer, Park Lane Young Artists Series, Purcell Room, London
2005
Festival of Casken’s music (‘Casken Resonances’) at RNCM, Manchester

Rest-Ringing for string quartet and orchestra

Jury Member of Witold Lutosławski Composers’ Competition, Warsaw
2006
French premiere of "Golem", Opéra de Rennes/Angers Nantes Opéra

"Farness" (Three Poems of Carol Ann Duffy) for soprano, viola and chamber orchestra

"Chansons de Verlaine" for soprano and piano
2007
Jury Member of Luxembourg International Composers’ Competition

Jury Member of Aberdeen Music Prize

Concerto for Orchestra
2008
"Shadowed Pieces" premiered in a day of concerts at The University of Manchester to mark retirement as Professor of Music Emeritus Professor of Music, The University of Manchester

"The Dream of the Rood" for vocal and chamber ensembles
2009
"Amethyst Deceiver" for oboe and piano

"Deadly Pleasures" for narrator and ensemble

"Sacrificium" for solo organ

"Inevitable Rifts" for string quintet

Invited speaker at Polish Music Since 1945 Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University

Public interview with Krzystof Penderecki

Composer Director, Lake District Summer Music School for Composers, Sedbergh, with Orlando Consort

Jury Member of International Composers’ Competition, Stresa, Italy

Featured Composer, The International Organ Festival at St Alban’s, "Sacrificium" is the test piece for the Quarter-Finalists

Winner of the 2009 British Composer Awards (Vocal Category) for "The Dream of the Rood"
2010
Becomes Chairman and Artistic Director of Alwinton Church Summer Concerts, Upper Coquetdale, Northumberland

Forms the Coquetdale Chamber Choir
2011
"The Knight's Stone" for choir and flute
2012
Lecture for Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society
2013
"That Subtle Knot" - double concerto for violin, viola and orchestra
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John Casken writes in a manifestly 21st-century style, incorporating elements of expressionism and lyrical atonality as well as free tonality, which are used in varying degrees piece by piece. His music is usually direct in appeal, with melodic writing not unlike Maw’s, and repays repeated and focused listening. Guy Rickards, Gramophone 2014

One of the UK’s leading composers, John Casken was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, on 15 July 1949 and read Music at the University of Birmingham, studying Composition under John Joubert and Peter Dickinson. From 1971-72 he studied in Poland with Andrzej Dobrowolski at the Academy of Music in Warsaw on a Polish Government Scholarship. It was during this time that he began to have regular consultations with Witold Lutosławski with whom he formed a close association and friendship, and about whose music he has written and lectured. Casken returned to Birmingham as a Lecturer in 1973, and after a Fellowship at Huddersfield Polytechnic in 1980 he was appointed as Lecturer at the University of Durham in 1981. From 1992-2008 he was Professor of Music at The University of Manchester and retains strong links with Manchester as Emeritus Professor of Music. Casken also plays an active role in the musical community in rural Northumberland as Music Director of Coquetdale Chamber Choir, and as Artistic Director and Chairman of Alwinton Summer Concerts.

The libretto for Casken’s first opera, Golem (1988), based on the Jewish legend, was written by the composer in collaboration with Pierre Audi, who commissioned and directed the work for the 1989 Almeida Festival. Golem has received six further productions since 1989: Opera Omaha, 1990; Northern Stage, 1991; Theater Dortmund, 1994; Aspen Festival, 2000; Neue Operbühne Berlin 2001; Opéra de Rennes and Angers Nantes Opéra, 2006. It was also awarded the First Britten Prize for Composition in 1990 and the Virgin Classics recording with the original cast won the 1991 Gramophone Award in the Contemporary Category.

Casken’s second opera, God’s Liar (2000), elaborated Tolstoy’s novella Father Sergius, the composer writing the libretto in collaboration with Emma Warner. The work was jointly co-commissioned and presented by The Almeida Festival, London, and Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie, Brussels in 2001, directed by Keith Warner, with the Almeida Ensemble conducted by Ronald Zollman. It was recorded for Belgian Radio and subsequently broadcast by BBC Radio 3, introduced by the composer. God’s Liar received a new production in 2004 in the KlangBogen Festival by Neue Oper Wien directed by Stephan Bruckmeier.

A number of Casken’s works reflect aspects of the North of England, where he lives in Coquetdale in Northumberland: Orion Over Farne (1984) for orchestra, To Fields We Do Not Know (1985), a Northumbrian Elegy for unaccompanied chorus, written for the BBC Singers, and the orchestral song-cycle Still Mine (1992), written for Thomas Allen for the 1992 BBC Proms and awarded the 1993 Prince Pierre de Monaco Prize for Musical Composition.

His long held friendship with Royal Northern Sinfonia and role as Composer in Association from 1990-2000 has resulted in many works, including Maharal Dreaming (1989), the Cello Concerto (1991), written for Heinrich Schiff, premièred at the 1991 Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Darting the Skiff (1993) for strings, for the 1993 Cheltenham Festival, and Après un silence (1998) for violin and chamber orchestra, with Kyra Humphreys. Farness (2006), three poems of Carol Ann Duffy (2006) for soprano, solo viola and chamber orchestra, was premièred at the 2006 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with Patricia Rozario and Ruth Killius, directed by Thomas Zehetmair.

Casken also had a long association with The Lindsays for whom he has written three string quartets. Rest-ringing (2005) for string quartet and orchestra was commissioned by The Hallé for the quartet in the year of their retirement. He wrote Piano Trio (2002) for The Florestan Piano Trio, and his third quartet, Choses en moi (2003), was taken up by Quatuor Danel.

Casken’s Violin Concerto (1995), premièred at the 1995 Proms with Dmitri Sitkovetsky, was later taken up by Daniel Hope. His first symphony Symphony (Broken Consort) (2004) was commissioned for the BBC Philharmonic for the 2004 Proms, and Concerto for Orchestra (2007) for the Nationaltheater-Orchesters Mannheim was premiered in 2008. Recent orchestral works include an oboe concerto for the Hallé and their principle oboist Stephane Rancourt, Apollinaire’s Bird (2013), premiered under Sir Mark Elder in 2014, Casken’s 65th birthday year. That Subtle Knot (2013), a double concerto for Royal Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair and Ruth Killius, was premiered the same year at the Sage Gateshead with subsequent performances including Camerata Salzburg at the Salzburg Festival, Munich Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minneapolis. In 2016 his Concerto for Orchestra was selected by the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance for performance in Ljubljana.

Casken’s rich body of ensemble works include Deadly Pleasures (2009) for narrator and ensemble, which toured the UK with Johanna Lonsky and Counterpoise throughout 2009/10 and Winter Reels (2010) for ensemble Psappha. The Dream of the Rood (2008), written for The Hilliard Ensemble and and large instrumental ensemble, is a setting of Casken’s own adaptation of the Early English poem which also has its roots in the ancient kingdom of Northumbria. This work was premiered in Liverpool in October 2008 as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations, won the British Academy of Composers Award in the Vocal Category in 2009 and toured the Netherlands with The Hilliard Ensemble and Asko Ensemble in 2014. Other chamber works include Stolen Airs (2015) for cello and piano, Serpents of Wisdom (2015) for horn and piano, premiered in January 2016 at Wigmore Hall, and Lines from a Wanderer (2016), commissioned by Alnwick Music Society and premiered in November 2016 by baritone Marcus Farnsworth and pianist James Baillieu.

Casken’s music has been recorded on Collins Classics, ECM, NMC Recordings, and Metier, among others. His latest disc of orchestral music, Orion Over Farne, was recorded by the Hallé and Markus Stenz for NMC in 2014.
Works
Chronology
1949
Born 15 July, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
1960-67
Educated at Barnsley and District Holgate Grammar School
1967-71
University of Birmingham, B.Mus., M.A., studies Composition with John Joubert and Peter Dickinson
1971
Polish Government Scholarship to study in Warsaw, September 1971 – December 1972

Regular classes at the Academy of Music with Andrzej Dobrowolski and consultations with Witold Lutosławski
1973-79
Lecturer in Music, University of Birmingham, to December 1979
1973
'Jadu' (unpublished) selected by SPNM

"Kagura" London premiere

first BBC broadcast Music for Cello and Piano (unpublished) BBC Young Composers’ Forum
1975
‘Transition and Transformation in the Music of Witold Lutosławski’, Contact, Autumn 1975
1977
"Tableaux des Trois Ages" for orchestra
1978
"Amarantos" for nine players, "Ia Orana, Gauguin" for soprano and piano
1979
Composition Tutor on course for young composers, Britten Pears School, Snape

Guest Lecturer, Britten Pears School, on the music of Witold Lutosławski, in the presence of the composer (and again in 1981)
1980-81
Research Fellow in Musical Composition, Huddersfield Polytechnic
1980
Featured Composer, Bath International Festival

"Firewhirl" for soprano and small ensemble
1981-92
Lecturer in Music, University of Durham
1981
"String Quartet No. 1"
1982
"Masque" for oboe and small orchestra
1984
Featured Composer, Musica Nova, Glasgow

"Orion over Farne" for orchestra

"Piper’s Linn" for Northumbrian Pipes
1985
Gives the Ingolf Dahl Memorial Lecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, to mark the opening of the Polish Music Reference Center, on the music of Witold Lutosławski, in the presence of the composer.

"Vaganza" for large ensemble
1986
BBC Proms performances of "Orion over Farne" and "To Fields We Do Not Know " (premiere)

"Salamandra" for two pianos
1987
Visiting Composer, University of Southern California, Santa Barbara
1988
"Erin" for double bass and small orchestra
1989
Featured Composer, Almeida Festival, London Featured Composer, International New Music Week, Southampton

"Golem" chamber opera in two acts

"Maharal Dreaming" for orchestra
1990
Golem wins The First Britten Prize for Musical Composition

American premiere of Golem , Opera Omaha

Awarded D.Mus. by University of Durham

Piano Quartet
1990-2000
Composer in Association, Northern Sinfonia
1991
CD recording of Golem wins Gramophone Award for Best Contemporary Recording

Cello Concerto

UK tour of Golem with Arts Council Contemporary Music Network Tour
1992
Rockefeller Foundation Award to work at the Study Center, Bellagio, Italy

Still Mine for baritone and orchestra

Sharp Thorne for vocal ensemble

Tableaux des Trois Ages performed by BBC Philharmonic and Yan Pascal Tortelier: begins long association with BBC Philharmonic
1992-2008
Professor of Music, The University of Manchester
1993
Still Mine wins Prince Pierre de Monaco Prize for Musical Composition

Darting the Skiff for string orchestra
1994
German premiere of Golem , Theater Dortmund

String Quartet No. 2

Infanta Marina for cor anglais and small ensemble
1995
Violin Concerto for violin and orchestra

Conducts Northern Sinfonia in premiere recordings of Dartking the Skiff , Maharal Dreaming, and Vaganza (Collins Classics, re-released on NMC in 2003)
1996
Sortilège for orchestra

Distant Variations for saxophone quartet and wind orchestra

Awarded FRNCM (Fellowship of the Royal Northern College of Music)
1997
Invited Speaker at Lutosławski Symposium, Chopin Institute, University of Warsaw

Artistic Advisor, ‘Breaking Chains’ Festival of Lutosławski’s music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London Chairman of BBC Young Composers’ Competition, Manchester
1998
Après un silence for violin and piano/ ensemble
2000
Golem presented at Aspen Festival

Piano Trio
2001
God's Liar, an opera after Tolstoy

To the lovers' well for vocal ensemble

Berlin premiere of Golem, Neue Opernbuehne Berlin

‘The visionary and the dramatic in the music of Witold Lutosławski’ – chapter in Lutosławski Studies (ed. Zbigniew Skowron, OUP)
2002
Guest Composer, St Petersburg, conducts Firewhirl and Infanta Marina in the Maly Zal, Philharmonic Hall
2003
Conducts Cello Concerto with Munich Chamber Orchestra and Heinrich Schiff

Blue Medusa for bassoon and piano
2004
Jury Member of Sinfonia Baltica International Composer’s Competition, Riga, Latvia

Symphony (Broken Consort)

Austrian premiere of God's Liar , Neue Oper Wien in the KlangBogen Festival, Vienna

Featured composer, Park Lane Young Artists Series, Purcell Room, London
2005
Festival of Casken’s music (‘Casken Resonances’) at RNCM, Manchester

Rest-Ringing for string quartet and orchestra

Jury Member of Witold Lutosławski Composers’ Competition, Warsaw
2006
French premiere of "Golem", Opéra de Rennes/Angers Nantes Opéra

"Farness" (Three Poems of Carol Ann Duffy) for soprano, viola and chamber orchestra

"Chansons de Verlaine" for soprano and piano
2007
Jury Member of Luxembourg International Composers’ Competition

Jury Member of Aberdeen Music Prize

Concerto for Orchestra
2008
"Shadowed Pieces" premiered in a day of concerts at The University of Manchester to mark retirement as Professor of Music Emeritus Professor of Music, The University of Manchester

"The Dream of the Rood" for vocal and chamber ensembles
2009
"Amethyst Deceiver" for oboe and piano

"Deadly Pleasures" for narrator and ensemble

"Sacrificium" for solo organ

"Inevitable Rifts" for string quintet

Invited speaker at Polish Music Since 1945 Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University

Public interview with Krzystof Penderecki

Composer Director, Lake District Summer Music School for Composers, Sedbergh, with Orlando Consort

Jury Member of International Composers’ Competition, Stresa, Italy

Featured Composer, The International Organ Festival at St Alban’s, "Sacrificium" is the test piece for the Quarter-Finalists

Winner of the 2009 British Composer Awards (Vocal Category) for "The Dream of the Rood"
2010
Becomes Chairman and Artistic Director of Alwinton Church Summer Concerts, Upper Coquetdale, Northumberland

Forms the Coquetdale Chamber Choir
2011
"The Knight's Stone" for choir and flute
2012
Lecture for Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society
2013
"That Subtle Knot" - double concerto for violin, viola and orchestra
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2017-09-20 | London (United Kingdom), Wigmore Hall — 19:30
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