Edmund Hunt Appointed as Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer 2018

05 Feb 2018

Edmund Hunt has been appointed Royal Philharmonic Society/Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer for 2018, winning a £2000 RPS commission for the Diphonon Duo (viola and accordion) to be performed at Wigmore Hall on Tuesday 12 June, and will receive mentoring from Wigmore Hall’s Composer in Residence, Helen Grime.

As Apprentice Composer, Edmund will also have opportunities to attend rehearsals and performances as part of the Wigmore Hall Contemporary Music Series throughout 2018, and have the chance to take part in and observe Wigmore Hall Learning workshops and events, working alongside the Composer in Residence and other experienced composers and workshop leaders.

35-year-old British composer Edmund Hunt originally studied languages at University, only beginning to compose in his twenties. He recently completed a PhD in composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire exploring early medieval literature of Northern Europe through the creation of vocal, instrumental and electronic works. His work has been played in the UK and abroad by ensembles including Psappha, the Royal Northern Sinfonia and CoMA (Contemporary Music for All).

Helen Grime, Wigmore Hall Composer in Residence comments: 

“Opportunities for composers – of any age - to become embedded in the workings of a concert venue are rare. The first RPS/Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer, Freya Ireland, was just 19 when she joined us, and it’s been incredibly rewarding watching her musical development over the past year. Edmund Hunt has come to composing comparatively late, and his previous studies and interest in medieval literature are finding powerful voice in his music. I’m looking forward to working alongside and exchanging ideas with him in 2018, and to seeing what direction his work will take over the course of the year.”

The Apprentice Composer position will be supported for the next five years by the RPS Susan Bradshaw Fund.

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