John’s compositions have been performed at major venues in UK, Europe, and the USA.  Specialising in both contemporary concert repertoire and music for education, his most recent projects include Arts Council funded commissions (Double Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Orchestra, and Concerto for Trumpet (doubling Flugelhorn) and Orchestra), and a new arrangement of Brahms' German Requiem, with Deborah Pritchard, for the Manchester Camerata at the Lichfield Festival.. composer biography contd.

Composer

Brahms German Requiem, Manchester Camerata, Lichfield Festival

A joint collaboration with Deborah Pritchard

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John is working on a joint collaboration with Deborah Pritchard, creating a new orchestration of Brahms German Requiem, for the Manchester Camerata.

Ben Gernon will conduct the first performance, with the Manchester Camerata, at the Lichfield Festival, on 1st July 2016.

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Four Cornish Songs (2016)

Choughs of Cornwall, Night Falls on Geevor, Keltek Serenade, Ferry on the Fal

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Duration: 10 minutes

FP: Friday 10th June 2016, Mary Ogilve Theatre, Oxford

 

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Double Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Symphony Orchestra

written for Cayenna Ponchione (conductor), Joint Venture Percussion Duo (Laurent Warnier & Rachel Xi Zhang), and commissioned by the Oxfordshire County Music Service and Artswork (Arts Council England)

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Duration: 18 minutes

FP: 18 March 2016, Sheldonian Theatre

Solo Vibraphone, Solo Marimba

3222  4331  T 3P Hp Str.

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Concerto for Trumpet (doubling Flugelhorn) and Orchestra

written for Simon Desbruslais and the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra, commissioned by Artswork/Arts Council England

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Duration: 18 minutes

FP: 29th January 2016, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

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PHASES

Four settings of Wallace Stevens 'Phases I, II, III, IV' for all voices

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Duration: 10 minutes

FP: Cornish American Song Institute 2014, Friday 12th June 2015, Mary Ogilve Theatre, Oxford

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Equale

for French Horn and String Orchestra

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Duration: 11 minutes

FP: Friday 23rd January 2015, St Anne's Camerata, M@SH Marathon, Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Oxford

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Memento

for chamber ensemble (fl. cl. vln. vlc. pf)

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Written for a residency at the University of Indianapolis, October 2014

Duration: 8 minutes

FP: 22nd October 2014, Ronen Ensemble, University of Indianapolis

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Concerto for Flugelhorn (+ C Tpt) and Strings

(version with piano accomp available)

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Duration: 10 minutes
FP: 11 June 2014, Sao Bento Monastery, Brasilia, Brazil
Commissioned by Simon Desbruslais and the St Anne's Camerata

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Lightbobs

for massed children's choir and symphony orchestra

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Duration: 15 minutes (optional 21 minutes)

FP: 15th March 2014, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

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Dissolving Fragments I (2009/11)

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Dissolving Fragments II (2009/11)

for Violin and Piano

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Concerto for Ensemble, Movement I (2009)

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Concerto for Ensemble, Movement II (2009)

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Concerto for Ensemble, Movement III (2009)

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Five Piano Miniatures, Movement II (2008)

Greg Martin (piano)

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Five Piano Miniatures, Movement I (2008)

Greg Martin (piano)

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Five Piano Miniatures, Movement III (2008)

Greg Martin (piano)

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Five Piano Miniatures, Movement IV (2008)

Greg Martin (piano)

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Five Piano Miniatures, Movement V (2008)

Greg Martin (piano)

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‘Oxonia’ (2011) @ the Royal Albert Hall (excerpt 1)

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‘Oxonia’ (2011) @ the Royal Albert Hall (excerpt 2)

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‘Oxonia’ (2011) @ the Royal Albert Hall (excerpt 3)

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‘Oxonia’ (2011) @ the Royal Albert Hall (excerpt 4)

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Piano Quintet (2014)

Greg Martin (Piano), Univesity of Indianapolis

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John is writing a new work for pianist Greg Martin (USA), following on from several successful collaborations, in particular his many performances of Five Piano Minatures (2008) and the commissioning of Concerto for Small Ensemble (2009).

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Massed Ensemble at Symphony Hall, Birmingham (2014)

Oxfordshire County Music Service

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John has been commissioned to write a new work, for massed ensemble of 600 young instrumentalists and singers, to be accompanied by the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra.  The 12 minute piece follows the success of Oxonia (2011), for massed choir, chamber choir, brass band, symphony orchestra, and solo cello, commissioned by the OCMS and premiered at the Royal Albert Hall, Wed 9 Nov, 2011 (with a repeat performance at Symphony Hall, Birmingham in 2012).  John will conduct the premier on Saturday 15th March 2014, Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

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Suzanne Aspden: The Rival Sirens (2013)

Performance and Identity on Handel's Operatic Stage (CUP)

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John engraved the musical examples, working from previous editions and original manuscripts. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge Studies in Opera Series. ISBN 978-1-107-03337-5 Hardback.

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Olga Neuwirth: The Outcast (2012)

Mannheim Opera / Ricordi

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John transcribed/arranged and engraved the vocal scores for G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH München (collaborating with Thomas Shelley).

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Olga Neuwirth: American Lulu (2012)

Komische Oper Berlin / the Opera Group / Ricordi

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John transcribed/arranged and engraved the vocal scores for G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH München (collaborating with Thomas Shelley). Co-commissioned by the Opera Group and Komische Oper Berlin.

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Robert Saxton: The Wandering Jew (2010)

BBC Symphony Orchestra / Ricordi

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2998/2009: John engraved all full scores, and the vocal scores (collaborating with Deborah Pritchard on the latter). The Wandering Jew is published by G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH München.  NMC recording released 13 June 2011.

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Fanfare for Two Trumpets (2013)

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Duration: 2 minutes
FP: 1 June 2013, Aylesford Priory, Kent
London Fanfare Trumpets

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Two Songs for the Britten Centenary (2012-13)

for Tenor (or Soprano) and Piano

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(Pondering, St. Cecilia’s Trumpet)
Duration: 6 minutes
FP: 17 December 2012, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London
David Sadlier (tenor) / Lelia Sadlier (piano).

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St. Cecilia’s Trumpet (2012)

for Tenor (or Soprano) and Piano

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Duration: 3 ½ minutes
FP: 17 December 2012, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London
David Sadlier (tenor) / Lelia Sadlier (piano)

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Pondering (2012)

for Tenor (or Soprano) and Piano

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Duration: 2 ½  minutes
FP: 17 December 2012, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London
David Sadlier (tenor) / Lelia Sadlier (piano)

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Remember (2011)

for Tenor (or Soprano), Metronomes, and Piano

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(alt. version for orchestra)
Duration: 5-10 minutes
FP: 8th September 2011, Ferguson Centre for the Arts, Virginia USA.
David Sadlier (tenor) / Lelia Sadlier (piano)

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Or, From That Sea of Time (2011)

for Tenor (or Soprano) and Piano

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(alt. version for orchestra)
Duration: 6 minutes
FP: 8th September 2011, Ferguson Centre for the Arts, Virginia USA
David Sadlier (tenor) / John Traill (piano)

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Today Well Lived (2011)

for Tenor (or Soprano) and Piano

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(alt. version for orchestra)
Duration: 4 minutes
FP: 8th September 2011, Ferguson Centre for the Arts, Virginia USA.
David Sadlier (tenor) / Lelia Sadlier (piano)

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Dissolving Fragments I and II (2009/11)

for Violin and Piano

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Duration: 15-20 minutes
FP: Nov 2009, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. / Rev. Sept 2011, CNU, Virginia

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Concerto for Ensemble (2009)

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Flute (+ picc), Clarinet (+ b.cl), Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
Duration: 20 minutes
Written for staff at Northwestern University and Western Illinois University, USA.
FP: 19th September, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, Chicago.
John Traill (conductor)

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Little Concertino for Six (2008-2009)

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Flute (+ picc), Clarinet, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
Duration: 5 minutes
Written for, and performed by, the London Contemporary Music Group
FP: 4 September 2008, University Concert Hall, Cardiff, (4* Guardian review)
John Traill (conductor)

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Five Piano Miniatures (2008)

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for Solo Piano
Duration: 15 minutes
Commissioned and performed by Gregory Martin
FP: 19 March 2008, Lionel Hampton School of Music, University of Idaho
Repeat performances, March-August 2008, and May-Sept 2009, in Indiana, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Chicago

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Horn Trio (Hommage à Ligeti) (2008)

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for Horn, Violin and Piano
Duration: 12 minutes
Written for, and performed by, Radius
FP: 10th November 2008, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

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Cadenza for Mozart Piano Concerto No.25, K.513 (2006)

for piano and orchestra

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Duration: 3 minutes
Commissioned by Marios Papadopoulos and the Oxford Philomusica
FP: 18 November 2006, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
Oxford Philomusica / Marios Papadopoulos (Piano/Conductor)

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Interactions (2004/05)

for 3 Ensembles and Small Performing Space

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Duration: 17 minutes
Ensemble 1 - Clarinet, Marimba, Piano
Ensemble 2 - 4 Clarinets in Bb
Ensemble 3 - Fl, Fg, Hn, Tpt, Vln, Vla, Vlc, Db
Written for DPhil, University of Oxford
FP: tbc

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The Tortoise and the Hare (1999)

for Cello and Piano

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Duration: 7 minutes
FP: June 1999
Esme Acton (Cello) and William Ferguson (Piano)

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Remember (2011)

for Tenor, Metronomes, and String Orchestra

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Duration: 5-10 minutes
FP: 8th September 2011, David Sadlier (ten.), Ferguson Centre for the Arts, Virginia USA.
CNU Orchestra / John Traill (conductor)
(alt. version for voice, metronomes, and piano)

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Or, From That Sea of Time (2011)

for Tenor, Percussion, and String Orchestra

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Duration: 6 minutes
FP: 8th September 2011, Ferguson Centre for the Arts, Virginia USA
CNU Orchestra / John Traill (conductor)
(alt. version for voice and piano)

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Today Well Lived (2011)

for Soprano, Percussion, and String Orchestra

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Duration: 4 minutes
FP: 8th September 2011, Ferguson Centre for the Arts, Virginia USA
CNU Orchestra / John Traill (conductor)
(alt. version for voice and piano)

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The Short Voyage (2010)

poem for large orchestra

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Duration: 6 minutes
2+1.2+1.2+1.2+1  4.3.3.1  T 6P Strings (14.12.10.8.6)
Commissioned by the Oxfordshire County Music Service
FP: July 2010, Thomaskirche, Leipzig / Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra / John Traill (Conductor)

 

 

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Four Songs for Soprano and Orchestra (2006)

for Soprano and Orchestra

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Duration: 15 minutes
2.2.2.2  4.3.3.1   T P Hp Str (14.12.10.8.6)
Written for DPhil, University of Oxford
FP: tbc

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Gestures (2005)

movement for large orchestra

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Duration: 20 minutes
*2+1.2+1.2+1.2+1  4.3.3.1  P  Str (14.12.10.8.6)
written for DPhil, University of Oxford
FP: tbc

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Hypocrita (2001)

Concerto for Two Conductors, Large Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra

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Duration: 20 minutes
3.3.3.3 4.3.3.1  T Str (14.12.10.8.6)
Commissioned by Wymndham Symphony Orchestra
FP: 7 July 2001, Wymondham Abbey
Wymondham Symphony Orchestra / John Traill and Kenneth Hytch (Conductor)

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In Memory – 3 Interludes and Postlude for Bruckner Symphony No.7 (2001)

for large orchestra

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Duration: 20 minutes
3.2.2.2  4.3.3.1  T  Str (14.12.10.8.6)
Commissioned by Ben Loeb and the Peabody Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra
FP: 26 October 2001, Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, Peabody Conservatory of Music
Peabody Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra / Ben Loeb (Conductor)

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What You Will (2001)

suite for orchestra

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Duration: 20 minutes
2.2.2.2 - 4331 - T - Strings (14.12.10.8.6)
Post: Composer in Association Commissioned by the Norwich Mozart Orchestra
FP: 27 May 2001, Lycee Corneille, Rouen, France
The Norwich Mozart Orchestra / John Traill (Conductor)

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Three Characters for Orchestra (1998)

for Chamber Orchestra

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Duration: 20 minutes
3.3.3.3 - 2200 - Piano - Strings
FP: June 1998, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich
The Norwich Sinfonia / John Traill (Conductor)

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Oxonia (2011)

for massed chorus, chamber choir, symphony orchestra, brass ensemble, and solo cello.

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Duration: 15 minutes
2+1.2+1.2+1.2  4.3.3.1  T 4P Org  Hp Str (16.14.10.10.8) [Solo Cello] [offstage brass:  4431]
Commissioned by the Oxfordshire County Music Service
FP: 9 November 2011, Royal Albert Hall / 19 March 2012, Symphony Hall, Birmingham
OCYO / John Traill (conductor)

 

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Interference (2001)

for Stage and Ensemble

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Duration: 90 minutes
Post: Composer in Association
Commissioned by Hethersett Old Hall School, Norfolk
FP: 15 November 2001, Hethersett Old Hall School

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