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John  Casken

Born: July 15th, 1949
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Upcoming :
2019-02-07 | Manchester (United Kingdom), St Michael\'s Ancoats — 19:30
2019-10-23 | (United Kingdom), Alnwick Music Society — 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) was recognised by Society for the Promotion of New Music
First BBC broadcast Music for Cello and Piano (unpublished) BBC Young Composers’ Forum
1975
Publication of the article ‘Transition and Transformation in the Music of Witold Lutosławski’, in the journal Contact, Autumn edition 1975
1980-81
Research Fellow in Musical Composition, Huddersfield Polytechnic
1980
Featured Composer, Bath International Festival
World premiere of "Firewhirl" for soprano and small ensemble
1981-92
Lecturer in Music, University of Durham
1984
Featured Composer, Musica Nova, Glasgow
World premiere of "Orion over Farne" for orchestra
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.
World premiere of "Vaganza" for large ensemble
1986
"Orion over Farne" and "To Fields We Do Not Know " (premiere) at the BBC Proms
1987
Visiting Composer, University of Southern California, Santa Barbara
1989
Featured Composer, Almeida Festival; London Featured Composer, International New Music Week, Southampton
World premiere of "Golem" chamber opera in two acts at the Almeida Theatre, London
World premiere of "Maharal Dreaming" for orchestra with the Northern Sinfonia
1990
"Golem" wins The First Britten Prize for Musical Composition
Awarded D.Mus. by University of Durham
1990-2000
Composer in Association, Northern Sinfonia
1991
CD recording of "Golem" wins Gramophone Award for Best Contemporary Recording
World premiere of "Cello Concerto" with Heinrich Schiff and the Northern Sinfonia
UK tour of "Golem" with Arts Council Contemporary Music Network Tour
1992
Rockefeller Foundation Award to work at the Study Center, Bellagio, Italy
World premiere of"Still Mine" for baritone and orchestra at the BBC Proms
"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
World premiere of "Darting the Skiff" for string orchestra
1994
World premiere of "String Quartet No. 2" with the Lindsay String Quartet
World premiere of "Infanta Marina" for cor anglais and small ensemble with the Nash Ensemble
1995
World premiere of "Violin Concerto" for violin and orchestra at the BBC Proms with Dmitry Sitkovetsky and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducts Northern Sinfonia in premiere recordings of "Darting the Skiff" , "Maharal Dreaming", and "Vaganza" (Collins Classics, re-released on NMC in 2003)
1996
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
2001
World premiere of "God's Liar", an opera after Tolstoy with the Almeida Ensemble
‘The visionary and the dramatic in the music of Witold Lutosławski’ – chapter published 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
2004
Jury Member of Sinfonia Baltica International Composer’s Competition, Riga, Latvia
World premiere of "Symphony (Broken Consort)" for orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda
2005
‘Casken Resonances’ a festival of Casken's music at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
World premiere of "Rest-Ringing" for string quartet and orchestra with the Lindsay String Quartet and the Hallé
Jury Member of Witold Lutosławski Composers’ Competition, Warsaw
2006
World premiere of "Farness" (Three Poems of Carol Ann Duffy) for soprano, viola and chamber orchestra at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
2007
Jury Member of Luxembourg International Composers’ Competition
Jury Member of Aberdeen Music Prize
2008
World premiere of "Shadowed Pieces" at The University of Manchester in a day of concerts to mark retirement as Professor of Music Emeritus Professor of Music
World premiere of "The Dream of the Rood" for vocal and chamber ensembles with the Hilliard Ensemble and Ensemble 10/10
2009
Invited speaker at Polish Music Since 1945 Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University
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
2011
Series of interviews directed and filmed by Barrie Gavin
Awarded degree of Doctor of Civil Law (honoris causa) by University of King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Awarded degree of Doctor of Music (honoris causa) by University of Birmingham
2012
Lecture for Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society
2013
Composition of "Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis" for mixed choir and organ, commissioned for the Evensong and Thanksgiving in Durham Cathedral for the visit of the Lindisfarne Gospel Book to the Durham World Heritage Site.
2014
World premiere of "That Subtle Knot" - double concerto for violin, viola and orchestra with Thomas Zehetmair, violin; Ruth Killius, viola and the Royal Northern Sinfonia
World premiere of "Apollinaire's Bird" for oboe and orchestra with Stéphane Rancourt, oboe and the Hallé conducted by Mark Elder
"Apollinaire's Bird" shortlisted for the 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and BASCA Awards
2015
World premiere of "Stolen Airs" for cello and piano with Philip Higham and Alasdair Beatson
2016
World premiere of "Lines from a Wanderer" for baritone and piano for Marcus Farnsworth
2017
World premiere of "Kokoschka's Doll", a melodrama for bass baritone and ensemble for John Tomlinson, at the Cheltenham Music Festival with further performances at the Deal Festival and Buxton Festival
2019-02-07 | Manchester (United Kingdom), St Michael\'s Ancoats — 19:30
2019-10-23 | (United Kingdom), Alnwick Music Society — 19:30
2019-10-25 | Kelso (United Kingdom), Kelso Old Parish Church — 19:30

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  1. Piano Quartet

    Piano Quartet

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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: piano quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 12414
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  2. Nearly Distant

    Nearly Distant

    for saxophone quartet
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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: saxophone-Quartett
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 12831
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  3. Choses en moi

    Choses en moi

    for string quartet
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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 12868
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  4. Shadowed Pieces

    Shadowed Pieces

    for violin and piano
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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: violin and piano
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 13084
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  5. Sacrificium

    Sacrificium

    for organ
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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: organ
    Order No.: ED 13260
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  6. Amethyst Deceiver

    Amethyst Deceiver

    for solo oboe
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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: oboe
    Order No.: ED 13287
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  7. In the bleak mid-winter

    In the bleak mid-winter

    for SATB choir and organ
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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) and organ
    Edition: choral score
    Language: English
    Order No.: ED 13285
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  8. The Knight's Stone

    The Knight's Stone

    for SATB choir and flute
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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) and flute
    Edition: separate part, solo flute
    Language: English
    Order No.: ED 13462-10
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  9. Concerto for Orchestra

    Concerto for Orchestra

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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13617
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  10. Deadly Pleasures

    Deadly Pleasures

    for narrator and instrumental ensemble
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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: saxophone, trumpet, piano, violin and amplified narrator
    Edition: score
    Language: English
    Order No.: ED 13530
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Profile
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) was recognised by Society for the Promotion of New Music
First BBC broadcast Music for Cello and Piano (unpublished) BBC Young Composers’ Forum
1975
Publication of the article ‘Transition and Transformation in the Music of Witold Lutosławski’, in the journal Contact, Autumn edition 1975
1980-81
Research Fellow in Musical Composition, Huddersfield Polytechnic
1980
Featured Composer, Bath International Festival
World premiere of "Firewhirl" for soprano and small ensemble
1981-92
Lecturer in Music, University of Durham
1984
Featured Composer, Musica Nova, Glasgow
World premiere of "Orion over Farne" for orchestra
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.
World premiere of "Vaganza" for large ensemble
1986
"Orion over Farne" and "To Fields We Do Not Know " (premiere) at the BBC Proms
1987
Visiting Composer, University of Southern California, Santa Barbara
1989
Featured Composer, Almeida Festival; London Featured Composer, International New Music Week, Southampton
World premiere of "Golem" chamber opera in two acts at the Almeida Theatre, London
World premiere of "Maharal Dreaming" for orchestra with the Northern Sinfonia
1990
"Golem" wins The First Britten Prize for Musical Composition
Awarded D.Mus. by University of Durham
1990-2000
Composer in Association, Northern Sinfonia
1991
CD recording of "Golem" wins Gramophone Award for Best Contemporary Recording
World premiere of "Cello Concerto" with Heinrich Schiff and the Northern Sinfonia
UK tour of "Golem" with Arts Council Contemporary Music Network Tour
1992
Rockefeller Foundation Award to work at the Study Center, Bellagio, Italy
World premiere of"Still Mine" for baritone and orchestra at the BBC Proms
"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
World premiere of "Darting the Skiff" for string orchestra
1994
World premiere of "String Quartet No. 2" with the Lindsay String Quartet
World premiere of "Infanta Marina" for cor anglais and small ensemble with the Nash Ensemble
1995
World premiere of "Violin Concerto" for violin and orchestra at the BBC Proms with Dmitry Sitkovetsky and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducts Northern Sinfonia in premiere recordings of "Darting the Skiff" , "Maharal Dreaming", and "Vaganza" (Collins Classics, re-released on NMC in 2003)
1996
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
2001
World premiere of "God's Liar", an opera after Tolstoy with the Almeida Ensemble
‘The visionary and the dramatic in the music of Witold Lutosławski’ – chapter published 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
2004
Jury Member of Sinfonia Baltica International Composer’s Competition, Riga, Latvia
World premiere of "Symphony (Broken Consort)" for orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda
2005
‘Casken Resonances’ a festival of Casken's music at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
World premiere of "Rest-Ringing" for string quartet and orchestra with the Lindsay String Quartet and the Hallé
Jury Member of Witold Lutosławski Composers’ Competition, Warsaw
2006
World premiere of "Farness" (Three Poems of Carol Ann Duffy) for soprano, viola and chamber orchestra at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
2007
Jury Member of Luxembourg International Composers’ Competition
Jury Member of Aberdeen Music Prize
2008
World premiere of "Shadowed Pieces" at The University of Manchester in a day of concerts to mark retirement as Professor of Music Emeritus Professor of Music
World premiere of "The Dream of the Rood" for vocal and chamber ensembles with the Hilliard Ensemble and Ensemble 10/10
2009
Invited speaker at Polish Music Since 1945 Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University
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
2011
Series of interviews directed and filmed by Barrie Gavin
Awarded degree of Doctor of Civil Law (honoris causa) by University of King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Awarded degree of Doctor of Music (honoris causa) by University of Birmingham
2012
Lecture for Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society
2013
Composition of "Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis" for mixed choir and organ, commissioned for the Evensong and Thanksgiving in Durham Cathedral for the visit of the Lindisfarne Gospel Book to the Durham World Heritage Site.
2014
World premiere of "That Subtle Knot" - double concerto for violin, viola and orchestra with Thomas Zehetmair, violin; Ruth Killius, viola and the Royal Northern Sinfonia
World premiere of "Apollinaire's Bird" for oboe and orchestra with Stéphane Rancourt, oboe and the Hallé conducted by Mark Elder
"Apollinaire's Bird" shortlisted for the 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and BASCA Awards
2015
World premiere of "Stolen Airs" for cello and piano with Philip Higham and Alasdair Beatson
2016
World premiere of "Lines from a Wanderer" for baritone and piano for Marcus Farnsworth
2017
World premiere of "Kokoschka's Doll", a melodrama for bass baritone and ensemble for John Tomlinson, at the Cheltenham Music Festival with further performances at the Deal Festival and Buxton Festival
Performances
2019-02-07 | Manchester (United Kingdom), St Michael\'s Ancoats — 19:30
2019-10-23 | (United Kingdom), Alnwick Music Society — 19:30
2019-10-25 | Kelso (United Kingdom), Kelso Old Parish Church — 19:30
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  1. Piano Quartet

    Piano Quartet

    Download Edition
    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: piano quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 12414
    €34.99  *
  2. Nearly Distant

    Nearly Distant

    for saxophone quartet
    Download Edition
    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: saxophone-Quartett
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 12831
    €16.99  *
  3. Choses en moi

    Choses en moi

    for string quartet
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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 12868
    €13.99  *
  4. Shadowed Pieces

    Shadowed Pieces

    for violin and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: violin and piano
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 13084
    €16.99  *
  5. Sacrificium

    Sacrificium

    for organ
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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: organ
    Order No.: ED 13260
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  6. Amethyst Deceiver

    Amethyst Deceiver

    for solo oboe
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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: oboe
    Order No.: ED 13287
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  7. In the bleak mid-winter

    In the bleak mid-winter

    for SATB choir and organ
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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) and organ
    Edition: choral score
    Language: English
    Order No.: ED 13285
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  8. The Knight's Stone

    The Knight's Stone

    for SATB choir and flute
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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) and flute
    Edition: separate part, solo flute
    Language: English
    Order No.: ED 13462-10
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  9. Concerto for Orchestra

    Concerto for Orchestra

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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13617
    €29.99  *
  10. Deadly Pleasures

    Deadly Pleasures

    for narrator and instrumental ensemble
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    Composer: Casken, John
    Instrumentation: saxophone, trumpet, piano, violin and amplified narrator
    Edition: score
    Language: English
    Order No.: ED 13530
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