2016 RPS Composition Prize Winner
Commission: chamber work for performance at Music in the Round, 2017
Supported by The Garrick Charitable Trust
Patrick Brennan was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. Following an undergraduate in piano performance at the Royal College of Music, he went on to study composition with Julian Anderson and Hans Abrahamsen at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal Danish Academy of Music respectively.
His music has attracted national and international attention, with recent commissions and performances coming from orchestras and ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie. He has worked with several leading conductors and performers including Sir Mark Elder, François-Xavier Roth, Pierre-André Valade, Oliver Knussen, Emilio Pomarico, Huw Watkins and Rolf Hind.
Brennan is currently pursuing a doctorate in composition at King’s College, Cambridge, supervised by Richard Causton. He was a “Guildhall Artist” Fellow at the GSMD and a designated Royal Philharmonic Society “Young Artist”. He represented Ireland at the ISCM ‘World Music Days 2015’ festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where his orchestral work, Ballabile, was performed by the Slovenian Philharmonic and TaeJung Lee. He has been appointed BCMG/SaM Apprentice Composer-in-Residence for the 2015-16 season, and is currently working on a piece to be premiered by the Ensemble and Thomas Adès in December 2016. His ensemble work, Polly Roe, is also scheduled for its European premiere at the Lucerne festival in August 2016.
Previous RPS prizes/collaborations:
Inspired by the Stars Competition, 2011
Awarded: Performance and broadcast of piano miniature, plus £500
Cathy Graham, Director of Music, British Council: That classical music has a vibrant future is very important to me. Supporting the RPS allows me to play a small part in ensuring this.
DID YOU KNOW?
Richard Wagner was musical director of the 1855 Philharmonic Society Season and conducted all eight concerts.