Mark Bowden

Wednesday 19 May 2021, 12-2pm [online via Minerva]

In this session I’ll talk through and play music from some current projects and some things from a few years back. I’ll also say a bit about ideas for the future. I’ll touch on technique, collaboration, Italo Calvino, dance, and recording. I’ll also talk a little bit about the weirdness of writing an opera set in a post-pandemic society whilst living through an actual pandemic!

Mark Bowden is a composer of chamber, orchestral and vocal music. His work has been described as ‘an exceptional and absorbing pleasure’ [The Guardian], ‘invigorating’ [The Times] and ‘powerfully dramatic’ [BBC Radio 3]. His music often comes with a bundle of extra-musical connections, embracing far-reaching literary and philosophical ideas, but its impact is a physical one. Mark creates music of great expressive power and his confidence handling large forces and forms is unmistakable. He studied at Huddersfield and the Royal College of Music and has enjoyed residencies and fellowships with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rambert Dance Company, Aldeburgh Music, Handel House Museum, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden, and the MacDowell Colony in the US. Mark is Professor of Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize and a British Composer Award. He was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award in 2019 and is writing his first full-length opera for Welsh National Opera.

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