Composers

Below you will find short biographies for the composers whose music we have performed. Listed with each biography are the works that we performed and, when available, full audio of the live recording for that work. Please note that the biographies may be out of date as they are only updated with each concert.

Hannah Ashman | Heather Bamforth | Tom Coult | John Davies | Luke-Matthew Iveson | Francesca Le Lohe | Mauricio Pauly | José Guillermo Puello | Steve Pycroft | Sam Salem | Richard Scott | Martin Suckling | Chris Swithinbank

Hannah Ashman

Hannah is 19 years old and cur­rently in her first year of a music de­gree at the Uni­ver­sity of Manchester. Her in­terest in com­pos­i­tion res­ulted in her spending her gap-year at Trinity Col­lege of Music, where she studied with Paul New­land and Ollie Leaman. Her mu­sical in­terests are ec­lectic, en­com­passing such di­versities as ex­per­i­mental Hip Hop artist Flying Lotus, De­bussy, and con­tem­porary Danish com­poser Hans Abrahamsen.

Works:

  • focusinfocusoutfocusinfocusout, for flute, clarinet, drum kit and cello

Heather Bamforth

Heather studied Music at the University of Manchester at undergraduate and postgraduate level before going on to complete a PGCE. She now teaches very small people how to write and in her spare time enjoys performing on laptops. (www.myspace.com/heatherbamforth)

Laptop set:

  • fenix (1)
  • fenix (2)

Tom Coult

Tom is a third year student at Manchester University, and will begin a Masters course next year. ‘The Candle’ is being performed on 16th May in York and 8th June at the RNCM. He has composed a score for a 2009 production of Sinbad at the Camden Roundhouse and music used in ‘Is This Love?’, a 2008 short film. (www.tomcoult.com)

Works:

  • Avian Riots, for flute, clarinet and string quartet

John Davies

John is a Manchester-based producer, writer/arranger and musical director who, having completed a Masters in Composition in September 2009, now forages mainly in pop/soul/electro ballparks. He directs the Superfly Soul Collective, runs a live soul clubnight called AreSoul and plays bass for Karima Francis, a singer-songwriter from Blackpool.

Works:

  • Dubsteps, for string quartet

Luke-Matthew Iveson

Luke-Matthew (b.1990, Manchester) currently studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, for a BMus in composition, under the tuition of Joe Cutler and many visiting tutors. His works have been performed by the CHROMA Ensemble, Sarah Leonard & Robin Michael, Rowland Sutherland and the East Midlands CoMA Ensemble. Luke enjoys working with theatre and external arts such as dance, arts and literature. His theatre piece Ophelia:the death of was awarded joint Second Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2009 Philip Bates Prize. The Nutritional Value of Dreams was recently workshopped by Louis Andriessen.

Works:

  • I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life, for clarinet and kick drum

Francesca Le Lohe

Francesca is a second year music stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Manchester whose major in­terests are in com­pos­i­tion and eth­nomusico­logy. She is es­pe­cially in­ter­ested in the re­la­tion and cros­sover between the two fields. Francesca is fas­cin­ated with Ja­panese music and aes­thetics, which is a dom­inant in­flu­ence in her cur­rent compositions.

Works:

  • Waves on the ebb, for flute, clarinet and string quartet

Mauricio Pauly

Born in Costa Rica, com­poser Maur­icio is cur­rently based in Manchester. He has re­cently been awarded the pres­ti­gious Staubach Hon­or­aria com­mis­sion for a new work to be premiered by Oslo-based en­semble Asamisi­masa at the 45th In­ter­na­tional Summer Course for New Music in Darm­stadt, Ger­many, in 2010. His new string quartet was premiered in New York by the JACK Quartet in Feb­ruary 2010. (www.mauriciopauly.com)

Works:

  • Clinamen, clinamen, clinamen, for clarinet and string quartet

José Guillermo Puello

José is a Dominican composer currently doing a Masters in Composition at Manchester University under the supervision of Camden Reeves, having done his undergraduate degree in Music at The University of Birmingham. He is currently working on merging Latin-American rhythms with Western contemporary harmonies. On the 21st of May, 2010, Manchester Camerata will perform Cojuelo Spirit at the Bridgewater Hall. (www.joseguillermopuello.info)

Works:

  • Aqueleyo-yo, for string quartet

Steve Pycroft

Steve is a drummer and composer/producer based in Manchester, UK. He recently completed a Masters in composition at the University of Manchester, achieving a distinction, where, in 2008 he also achieved a first class honours degree in music. Steve plays and writes a wide variety of styles, from orchestral to dubstep. He has played at various venues around the world with the Riot Jazz Brass Band. The band has supported Dizzee Rascal and The Streets. Listen to his music at www.stevepycroft.com and his myspace.

Works:

  • Raise Your Voice, for flute, clarinet, drum kit and string quartet
  • Richter VS Dragon, for ensemble and backing track

Sam Salem

Sam is a mul­ti­media artist and acous­matic com­poser whose music has most re­cently been performed/exhibited in Montreal (ICMC09), New York (NYCEMF), Berlin (SMC 08), Valencia (Di­gital Media 1.0) and around the UK and Scand­inavia (as part of the Wet Sounds ’09 tour). (www.osamahsalem.co.uk)

Works:

  • Public Bodies, for fixed media

Richard Scott

Richard keeps himself busy composing electroacoustic music with modular synthesizers, improvising with Grutronic and focussing on infra-red, gesture based performance technologies. He has recently worked as Artist-in-Residence at STEIM, Amsterdam.

Works:

  • Onomatopoeia, for ensemble and live electronics

Martin Suckling

Martin writes music, plays the violin, recently moved to Manchester and consequently spends a lot of time on trains. He is currently writing some songs for the London Sinfonietta. These other folks have also played his music: LSO, BBC Scottish SO, DSO Berlin, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, RSC, Britten Sinfonia, Aronowitz Ensemble. (www.martinsuckling.com)

Works:

  • Passacaglie, for cello and electronics

Chris Swithinbank

Chris is currently completing a Masters in Composition at the University of Manchester with the generous support of a Harry Clough Bursary. He works with both acoustic instruments and electronic sounds and has recently had works performed at New Music North West, MANTIS Festival and Wrexham Arts Festival. Upcoming premières include Wegen & Waldstille for Psappha and Mikrokonzert: I Swear I Saw the Sun Falling to be performed by Vaganza at York Spring Festival of New Music in May and at the RNCM in June. (www.chrisswithinbank.net)

Works:

  • This is Water!, for ensemble and tape
  • The Golden Lion Hotel, for percussion and electronics