Colin Riley’s music draws on a range of elements including new technologies, improvisation, song-writing and large-scale classical form. His work is difficult to categorize integrating many stylistic approaches. A portrait disc of his chamber music ‘Shenanigans’ will be released in October on the NMC label. Recent works include Warp and Weft a concerto for 2 cellos (for Gabriella Swallow and Guy Johnston) and In Place (for Melanie Pappenheim) collaborating with 6 contemporary writers. This major song-cycle tours the UK from the Autumn.
As well as being Senior Lecturer at Brunel University he is also a mentor for the Making Music’s Adopt A Composer Scheme. He is on the classical executive of BASCA, runs his own label Squeaky Kate and writes a regular blog about composing called Riley Notes.