This month, BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the Week has been celebrating its 70th birthday. In recognition of this, we’ve compiled some of the living composers that we’ve worked with and, in doing so, informally nominate them for appearing on future shows (BBC Radio 3 are you reading?)! Earlier this month, Donald Mcleod revealed that in December they’re hoping to feature a composer who has never been on the show before and has been asking for suggestions. Who would your suggestion be?
Earlier this year, synth-electronica composer Anna Meredith presented work from her album Black Prince Fury at the Water Poet’s underground cinema as part of Spitalfields tour Flow Forms. The tour was supported by the PRS for Music Foundation’s Women Make Music fund and also featured composer/performers Laura Moody, Kerry Andrew’s vocal trio juice, and electronic artist Elizabeth Walling. Meredith has had pieces performed at the BBC Proms, Barbican Centre, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and (more unusually) several flash mob performances. She has been Composer in Residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and won the Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers in 2010.
From 1995-2000 Judith Weir CBE was our Artistic Director at Spitalfields Music. In 2004 she received the British Composer Award in the vocal category for The Voice of Desire. She has written several operas, been commissioned by orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta, and has had works premiered by Sir Simon Rattle.
Edward Jessen composed the score for experimental music-theatre work REPLICA at Rich Mix, at this year’s Summer Festival. His music embodies collaborative practices and has a theatrical presence, whilst often working around and refining a singular theme. Having studied with Alvin Lucier and Morton Subotnick, Jessen currently teaches composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Talvin Singh was one of our Associate Artists in 2012 and is known for his genre-defying mix of Indian classical music, electronic sounds, folk and jazz. His debut album Ok won a Mercury Music Prize and he has worked with Sun Ra, Björk, and ENO.
Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner was an Associate Artist at our Summer Festival 2013 and has been hailed as a pioneer of contemporary electronic music. Listen to his version of John Dowland’s Flow my Tears here, which he performed at Bishopsgate Institute in June:
And next year, we’re going to be working with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang on a huge outdoor participatory work for 1000 untrained voices, Crowd Out. Known for his minimalist rock-influenced style, Lang received critical acclaim for his the little match girl passion based on a Hans Christian Anderson tale. This year Lang has been named Musical America’s Composer of the Year.