- Luke Bedford
Luke Bedford (born
25 April, 1978in Wokingham, Berkshire) is a British composer.
He was educated at
St Crispin's Schoolin Wokingham. [ [http://www.crispins.co.uk/headnews/newslets/july00_u.html Headmaster's letter to parents, Summer 2000.] ] He studied composition with Edwin Roxburghand Simon Bainbridgeat the Royal College of Music. This was followed by post-graduate study with Simon Bainbridge at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2007 Bedford signed to Universal Edition London.
Awards include the 2000
Royal Philharmonic SocietyComposition Prize for composers under 29 and the 2004 BBC Radio 3Listeners' Award at the British Composer Awards. In 2007, Bedford became the first compositional recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Artists' Award since David Sawerin 1993. 2007 also saw him receive a nomination for the Royal Philharmonic Societylarge-scale composition prize, for his song cycle "Or Voit Tout En Aventure".
Bedford's latest commission, "Wreathe", was premièred by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on the 7th December 2007 under Thierry Fischer. Bedford is currently working on a commission for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, "Good Dream She Has", which will be premièred later in 2008 at the CBSO Centre.
On the 24th January 2008, director of the Wigmore Hall John Gilhooly announced Bedford as the venue's first ever Composer-in-Residence. “Luke Bedford is an important young voice and a distinctive musical force, and we are very pleased that he has accepted our invitation to become our Composer-in-Residence from 2009. The position will involve composition as well as working with the Hall’s Community & Education programme.”
Five Abstracts (2000-2001) for 14 players
Catafalque (2002) for large ensemble
Catafalque (2002) for piano
Chiaroscuro (2002/2005) for violin, violoncello and piano
Man Shoots Strangers from Skyscraper (2002) for 8 players
Rode with Darkness (2003) for orchestra
Slow Music (2005) for 8 players
Or Voit Tout En Aventure (2006) for soprano and 16 players
Outblaze the Sky (2007) for orchestra
Wreathe (2007) for orchestra
Good Dream She Has (2007) for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and chamber ensemble
* [http://www.universaledition.com/truman/en_templates/view.php3?f_id=14137&spr=en Universal Edition - Luke Bedford]
* [http://arts.guardian.co.uk/fridayreview/story/0,,1404819,00.html Tom Service, 'I'm inspired by Stockhausen, Xenakis ... and Seinfeld'. "The Guardian", 4 February 2005]
* [http://soundadventures.lso.co.uk/?page_id=75 Interview with Luke Bedford, LSO and UBS Sound Adventures]
* [http://music.guardian.co.uk/classical/tomservice/story/0,,2183658,00.html Tom Service, 'The sounds of the future' "The Guardian", 4 October 2007]
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