Nathan James Dearden

Nathan James Dearden is a composer of concert music and mixed media, whose work has been described as “hauntingly beautiful” (Media Wales), and performed and featured by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tippett Quartet, Genesis Sixteen, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Orchestra of Wales, The Heath Quartet, Grand Band, the Fidelio Trio, Hebrides Ensemble, CHROMA ensemble, Carla Rees and The Dunedin Consort. His music regularly features in concerts across the UK and overseas, including at the Cheltenham Music Festival, Dartington International Summer School and Festival, International Young Composers' Meeting, CROSSROADS International New Music Festival and Vale of Glamorgan Festival of Music. 

Recent projects include a new song as part of Helen Charlston’s The Isolation Songbook for release on Delphian Records, a new work for pianist Mary Dullea as part of a solo album project with the Tŷ Cerdd Label, an outreach collaboration in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Swansea receiving city status with the Welsh National Opera, plus a commission from National Youth Arts Wales for a new work for National Youth Choir of Wales. For their 2020 season, Nathan is a Young Composer with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, creating new music with the choirs in partnership with NMC Recordings and the PRS Foundation. In May 2020, he was awarded the inaugural Acapela Studio Award for exceptional Welsh composers from the Welsh Music Guild.

As a champion for diverse and exciting programming, Nathan is also a sought-after conductor, arts advisor, event curator and educator. He is currently Performance Manager and Visiting Lecturer in Music Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London, Associate Artistic Director at MusicFest Aberystwyth, Conductor of the New Voices Consort and New Music Collective, and holds arts advisory roles with several international organisations.

Biography

Nathan James Dearden is a composer of concert music and mixed media, whose work has been described as “hauntingly beautiful” (Media Wales), and performed and featured by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tippett Quartet, Genesis Sixteen, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Orchestra of Wales, The Heath Quartet, Grand Band, the Fidelio Trio, Hebrides Ensemble, CHROMA ensemble, Carla Rees and The Dunedin Consort. His music regularly features in concerts across the UK and overseas, including at the Cheltenham Music Festival, Dartington International Summer School and Festival, International Young Composers' Meeting, CROSSROADS International New Music Festival and Vale of Glamorgan Festival of Music. 

Recent projects include a new song as part of Helen Charlston’s The Isolation Songbook for release on Delphian Records, a new work for pianist Mary Dullea as part of a solo album project with the Tŷ Cerdd Label, an outreach collaboration in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Swansea receiving city status with the Welsh National Opera, plus a commission from National Youth Arts Wales for a new work for National Youth Choir of Wales. For their 2020 season, Nathan is a Young Composer with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, creating new music with the choirs in partnership with NMC Recordings and the PRS Foundation. In May 2020, he was awarded the inaugural Acapela Studio Award for exceptional Welsh composers from the Welsh Music Guild.

As a champion for diverse and exciting programming, Nathan is also a sought-after conductor, arts advisor, event curator and educator. He is currently Performance Manager and Visiting Lecturer in Music Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London, Associate Artistic Director at MusicFest Aberystwyth, Conductor of the New Voices Consort and New Music Collective, and holds arts advisory roles with several international organisations.

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