2016 RPS Composition Prize Winner
Commission: chamber work for the Presteigne Festival 2017
(RPS / Presteigne Festival Alan Horne Memorial commission)
Jack Sheen (b. 1993) is a composer and conductor from Manchester. He currently holds an Artist Fellowship in Conducting at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.
Jack has written music for the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Aurora Orchestra, the Aldeburgh Festival, BBC Young Artists Day, EXAUDI, Psappha, Plus Minus Ensemble and Opera North. In 2016 he was awarded a Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for composition and in 2011 won BBC Young Composer of the Year.
Since 2014 Jack has conducted at international festivals and academies including the Lucerne Festival Academy, Dartington International Summer School, Cheltenham Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, IMPULS Academy and the Ensemble Linea Academy. He has collaborated with ensembles and artists such as ACM Ensemble, the Halberstadt Orchestra, Lore Lixenberg, Sarah Nichols, Psappha and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Brtiain.
Jack is the co-founder and director of ddmmyy, a concert/events series dedicated to commissioning and contextualising experimental and contemporary classical music, alongside dance, audio-visual installations and film.
In 2015 Jack graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music & University of Manchester Joint Course (First-class honours) with an RNCM Gold Medal, where he studied composition with Larry Goves and David Horne, and conducting with Mark Heron. He is currently completing a Masters as a Leverhulme Scholar at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, studying composition with James Weeks and conducting with Tim Redmond, supported by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust.
Photo: Anton Lukoszevieze
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DID YOU KNOW?
Before there were traffic lights: coachmen delivering audience members to Philharmonic Society concerts at the Harmonic Institution were asked to ‘set down and take up with their horses’ heads facing Piccadilly’.