Rupert Bawden (b. 1958) studied composition with Robin Holloway and the violin and viola with Sheila Nelson, Emanuel Hurwitz and Gyorgy Pauk. In fifteen years as a freelancer in London he played with a huge range of ensembles from the English Chamber Orchestra and English Concert to the Michael Nyman Band and London Sinfonietta.

He has composed works for the Nash Ensemble, BBC Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Singers, London Sinfonietta among others. The ballet Le Livre de Fauvel was staged by the Bavarian State Ballet and televised. The Sailor's Tale, a chamber opera on the life of Nelson, was released on disc by NMC (NMC D093).

Rupert has worked as a Paramedic with the London Ambulance Service since 1994. Always active in politics, he has served two terms as a Councillor in the boroughs of Lambeth and Tower Hamlets – as a front-bencher in both he led major projects in Housing, Development, Community Safety and Special Education. He continues to play a wide repertoire as a violinist including sonatas by Poulenc, Bridge, Ysaye, Prokofiev and Ives, as well as both Brahms concertos. On a trip to Papua New Guinea in 2005 he qualified as a Master Scuba Diver.

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Malcolm Crowthers