2016 RPS Composition Prize Winner
Commission: chamber work, Philharmonia Orchestra, Music of Today 2017
Gareth Moorcraft is a composer and pianist from South Wales. His music has been performed widely in the UK and Europe by musicians including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the CHROMA ensemble, Endymion Ensemble, and L'Association Eubage. In 2012, his work Rondo for wind trio won the British Composer Award student competition and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has also been awarded the Eric Coates Composition Prize (2013) and the Tŷ Cerdd National Welsh Composition Prize. Gareth has been selected twice as a Britten-Pears Young Artist, and has recently completed a new work LUDO for chamber orchestra which was premiered at the 2016 Aldeburgh Music Festival. He is also an associate composer with the London Symphony Orchestra's SoundHub scheme.
Gareth's work places emphasis on theatrical aspects of music and he has a strong interest in multimedia work, collaborating regularly with dance choreographers, film-makers and writers. In 2014, he composed a piece with dancer and choreographer Mathieu Geffré for the National Dance Company of Wales, and he is currently collaborating with the Suse Tietjen Tanzorchester in Hamburg. Gareth has also enjoyed a successful working relationship with Welsh poet Lydia White. Their recent song cycle I am your reflection has been toured in the UK, Norway and Switzerland, and they have also composed a site-specific work together for the Dartington Estate Gardens, which was premiered at the Dartington Music Festival in 2014. Gareth is currently composing a new work for the Swansea International Music Festival, and is looking forward to collaborating with the Kugoni Trio in 2017.
Gareth read music at Worcester College, University of Oxford, where he studied composition with Robert Saxton. He was later awarded an AHRC scholarship to study for an MMus degree in composition with Gary Carpenter at the Royal Academy of Music. Gareth is currently working on his PhD with David Sawer and Simon Bainbridge, also at the Academy. His ongoing studies are generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales.
Previous RPS prizes/collaborations:
Notes, Steps, Timelines and Collaborations, 2014
Tim Walker, CEO and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra: I value the RPS for supporting what we do and in particular for stimulating an interest in new music.
DID YOU KNOW?
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