Ashby, Benjamin

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Benjamin
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2020
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Benjamin Ashby is an award-winning composer and artist from London. He was born in Wimbledon, but grew up on an estate in South East London as the son of a Christian missionary, and has since been heavily influenced by urban London culture and spirituality. He studied at the Royal College of Music with composers such as Kenneth Hesketh, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Simon Holt and was awarded the Douglas and Hilda Simmons Foundation and HR Taylor Trust Scholarships to study his Bachelors and Masters.

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<b>Place of birth:</b> Wimbledon, London<br><b>Musical study:</b> Royal College of Music<br><b>Suggested works:</b> <i>I've been planning for an impromptu</i>
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Woolf, Alex

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Woolf
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1970
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2020
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Alex Woolf (b.1995) is an award-winning British composer, described by Gramophone as 'a major presence in starry company'. His music has been performed by artists and ensembles including the BBC Philharmonic, Sir James Galway, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Currie, and Sir Antonio Pappano & the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Recent works include Fairfield Fanfare for London Mozart Players, M1 Symphony for the BBC Philharmonic, and the song cycle Quiet London for Rowan Pierce, Elgar Llyr Thomas and Iain Burnside. Alex's NHS Symphony (2018) - a collaboration with BBC Radio Documentaries - won awards at the Radio Academy ARIAS and the Prix Europa, and was praised as 'groundbreaking' (The Times) and 'haunting' (Metro).

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<b>Date of birth:</b> 1994<br><b>Place of birth:</b> Cambridge, UK<br><b>Musical study:</b> Royal Academy of Music<br><b>Suggested works:</b> <i>Octet</i>
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Lin, Chia-Ying

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Chia-Ying
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Lin
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1970
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A 2018 winner of a Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, Chia-Ying Lin is a composer from Taiwan. Her works have earned international recognition since 2015, including third prize at the International Jean Sibelius Composition Competition (Finland), first prize at the International Composition Competition Piero Farulli (Italy), a commission prize from the Goethe-Institut Korea for its Asian Composers Showcase 2017, the winner of the Seattle Symphony 2018-19 Celebrate Asia Composition Competition, and first prize at the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra's composition competition 2019, amongst others.

 

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<b>Place of birth:</b> Taiwan<br><b>Musical study:</b> Taipei National University of the Arts, University of Manchester, Conservatorio Santa Cecilia<br><b>Main works:</b><i>Intermezzo to the Minotaur</i>
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Jobarteh, Sona

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Sona
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Jobarteh
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1983
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Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a West African Griot family. Breaking away from tradition, she is a pioneer in an ancient male-dominated hereditary tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son for the past seven centuries. Reputed for her skill as an instrumentalist, distinctive voice, infectious melodies and her grace onstage. Sona has rapidly risen to international success following the release of her critically acclaimed album Fasiya (Heritage) in 2011.

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Baker, Harry

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Harry
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1970
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2019
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Harry Baker is an award-winning pianist and composer with an equal passion for classical performance and for jazz and improvisation. A key player on the UK jazz scene, Harry has featured as a bandleader and sideman at the 606 Club, Pizza Express Jazz Club and The Empire Bar. Yet he is equally steeped in the classical tradition, having performed in collaborative duos and chamber groups at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square and on BBC Radio 3, with international soloists including opera singer Danielle de Niese, trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason. He has been the recipient of various awards for his collaborative work, most notably First Prize in the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize at the Royal Academy of Music.
Harry is also an in-demand composer and arranger of choral and vocal music, and has written compositions for the Choirs of Merton and Magdalen College Oxford, SANSARA chamber choir, and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Most recently, he conducted Oxford University Jazz Orchestra and vocal ensemble The Oxford Gargoyles in the first performance of his suite for big band and voices, entitled The Floating Boy.

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<b>Date of birth:</b> 1997<br><b>Place of birth:</b> Kingston, London<br><b>Musical study:</b> Oxford University; Royal Academy of Music<br><b>Suggested works:</b> <i>L’Eylah</i> for orchestra (1983), <i>Might Live Happy</i>, <i>Moments</i>
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Harris, Lillie

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Harris
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1970
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2019
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Lillie graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2016, studying composition with Haris Kittos and winning the Elgar Memorial prize for her final portfolio. Musical from a young age, her interest in composing grew out of learning instruments, a flair for languages, and a love of creative writing; narrative ideas and complex emotions are often a core element in her compositions.
Her pieces have been workshopped and performed by ensembles including the Ebor Singers, the Assembly Project, Florilgeium, and Ensemble Recherche, and she has participated in young composer schemes with Psappha, the RSNO, LPO, and LSO, who recently commissioned her to write new pieces for their ‘Elmer’s Walk’ Under-5s concert. In 2017 she was awarded the Tenso Young Composers Award for her song cycle setting poems by August Stramm, one of which was shortlisted for the London Oriana Choir five15 competition 2019, and her piece Dormientes Bestia for paetzold and tape was in the winning programme in the RCM Contemporary Competition 2016. In 2020 she will have a new commission premiered at the Cheltenham Music Festival through the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Emerging Composers programme.

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<b>Date of birth:</b> 1994<br><b>Place of birth:</b>Canterbury, Kent<br><b>Musical study:</b>Royal College of Music<br><b>Suggested works:</b> <i>Not Been Found</i>, <i>Margaret</i>
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Rajasekar, Shruthi

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Rajasekar
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1970
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2019
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Shruthi Rajasekar is an Indian-American composer and vocalist. Trained in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) and Western classical idioms, Shruthi creates music that explores intersections in cultural and musical identity. Recent projects and honors include commissions from acclaimed American ensembles VocalEssence and the Seraphim Singers, the Donne in Musica award presented by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, schemes with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and UK chamber ensemble Psappha, publications with VocalEssence Music Press & Graphite Publishing, and performances of her choral, orchestral, and chamber works across North America, Europe, and Asia. As a nationally-recognized Western classical soprano and Carnatic vocalist, Shruthi also regularly performs globally. An alumnus of Princeton University, where she was awarded the Edward T. Cone Prize in Composition, Shruthi is a Marshall Scholar in the United Kingdom pursuing graduate studies in composition and ethnomusicology.

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<b>Date of birth:</b> 1996<br><b>Place of birth:</b> Minnesota, USA<br><b>Musical study:</b>Princeton University, SOAS, University of London & Royal Northern College of Music<br><b>Suggested works:</b> <i>Numbers</i>, <i>did you know</i>
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Herbert, Philip

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From an early age Philip Herbert’s talent for music was nurtured by his parents, and later at the Yorkshire College of Music, where he was awarded a scholarship to further develop his musical studies at the piano, with the late Dr. John Foster, and Irene Ingram. He later went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at King Alfred’s College, Winchester, and later to read music at postgraduate level at Andrews University, Michigan USA. He also gained piano teaching and piano performing diplomas from the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music respectively.

Philip has studied the piano with such teachers as Diana Owen, Guy Johnston, John Owings and the late Kendall Taylor CBE. Owing to his passionate interest in choral music and music for solo voice, he was awarded a Graduate Assistantship enabling him to work as accompanist to the late Dr. Harold Lickey, the Head of Vocal studies at Andrews University: who taught singers at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as being the director of the choral ensemble - The Andrews University Singers.

Philip also went on to study Choral conducting with the late Simon Johnson, Assistant Chorus Master to the Philharmonia Chorus.

 He was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Philip has taught music at all educational levels, as well as making music through composing, performing as a pianist and conducting. He has coordinated master classes, workshops and concert series; as well as devised courses and community projects for young people and adults, with creative and interactive contributions from some of Britain’s finest musicians, across an eclectic range of musical genres. He has also been involved in projects that have been broadcast on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 as well as BBC TV.

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Numb Mob

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1970
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Since forming, Hull-based duo Numb Mob have become an adventurous alternative outfit with avant-garde sensibilities: producing music which explores the relationship between electric and organic worlds.

Taking on board influences like John Carpenter, Portishead, Simon Fisher Turner, James Holden and Boards of Canada, they’ve arrived at a visually charged sound that is both familiar and alien.

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Eastmond, Sam

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Eastmond
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Sam Eastmond is a composer, arranger, bandleader, trumpet player and producer creating music incorporating a variety of genres including jazz, klezmer, cartoon, rock, surf, world, jewish and Downtown influences and composed and improvised sections into music that he identifies as avant-garde or Radical Jewish Culture.

He co-founded and leads the Spike Orchestra, a large ensemble who have recorded three studio albums since 2014, their debut Ghetto (Spike Records) and two collaborations with New York legend John Zorn as part of his Masada Book on Tzadik Label, Cerberus: The Spike Orchestra Play Masada Book Two and Binah from the forthcoming Masada Book Three series.

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