RPS Composer 2021 | Commission for Wigmore Hall as the Rosie Johnson RPS Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer
An early Sondheim obsession shaped the way I approach composition, character and storytelling. I like to write eclectic and theatrical music, and over the last few years I’ve been exploring bold juxtapositions of contrasting musical ideas and grooves to create visceral, gestural sound worlds. I enjoy working closely with artists and often find that much of the inspiration for a piece can come from the individuality of someone’s playing or voice.
I studied composition at the RNCM with Adam Gorb and Gary Carpenter. While there, I collaborated with Norwegian mezzo soprano Ingvild Schultze-Florey which led to a chamber opera commission from Bergen National Opera in 2015. After writing for saxophonist Erin Royer, I was commissioned by the Borealis Saxophone Quartet, Gillian Blair and the Blair/ Mertens Duo.
In 2016, I took part in Psappha's “Composing For” scheme, writing a piece for percussion and loop pedal, and was then invited to write the inaugural Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Commission. In 2017, I studied with Julian Philips on the Opera Makers course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, writing an opera in association with the Royal Opera House, before becoming a Fellow at Guildhall the following year.
Whilst at the RNCM, I worked alongside composer Kate Pearson facilitating mainstream and SEN primary school children to write their own operas and songs. Outreach work has been an important part of my practice ever since and I am very excited to be working with the Wigmore Hall’s Learning Department this year.
- Upcoming commission for choir and orchestra with Salford Choral Society and Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra to be premiered in 2022
- Commissioned by the FontanaMIX ensemble (Italy) funded by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation in 2021
- Inaugural Sir Peter Maxwell Davies commission from Psappha Ensemble, premiered in Manchester in 2019 and subsequently performed on Radio 3
- Fellow of composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama 2018-2019