Gary Carpenter

British

Summary

Gary Carpenter studied composition at the Royal College of Music with John Lambert. He has lived in Holland and Germany and has written operas, musicals (including Goodnight Mister Tom with Michelle Magorian), ballets, a radio music-drama (The One Alone with Iris Murdoch) and much concert music. Musical director and/or arranger-orchestrator on many stage shows and films (including The Wicker Man,1972), his Azaleas for harp trio received a 2006 British Composer Award in the chamber category and Van Assendelft’s Vermeer for clavichord (premiered by Pamela Nash) won the British Clavichord Society’s Composition Competition in 2003. A portrait CD, Die Flimmerkiste is available on NMC. Recent works include The Listening Project Symphony (Radio 4, Prix Europa 2013 nominee), Fred and Ginger (LSO, Daniel Harding), SET (Iain Ballamy (tenor sax), BBCPO, HK Gruber), The Food Of Love, twelve Shakespeare songs commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Dadaville (BBCSO, Sakari Oramo) for The First Night of the 2015 Proms. His orchestral work Willie Stock was premiered at the Aldeburgh Festival 2016 with the BBCSO conducted by Oliver Knussen. 

He most recently wrote the music for the audio book version of David Sedaris’s memoirs Theft By Finding.

Gary is Professor of Composition at the RNCM and a professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

Recent works and current projects include: Johnny Spielt Aus for soprano saxophone and piano (commissioned by John Harle, 2017), Latchford Locks for wind orchestra (North Cheshire Wind Orchestra and Tracy Woods commission, 2018) and Ghost Songs for youth choir and orchestra – jointly commissioned by RSNO, RLPO, CBSO and the Basque National Orchestra, November 2018).

A CD of his orchestral music with the RLPO is in preparation for recording and release 2018-19.

www.garycarpenter.net

Photo: Kris Worsley

Biography

Gary Carpenter studied composition at the Royal College of Music with John Lambert. He has lived in Holland and Germany and has written operas, musicals (including Goodnight Mister Tom with Michelle Magorian), ballets, a radio music-drama (The One Alone with Iris Murdoch) and much concert music. Musical director and/or arranger-orchestrator on many stage shows and films (including The Wicker Man,1972), his Azaleas for harp trio received a 2006 British Composer Award in the chamber category and Van Assendelft’s Vermeer for clavichord (premiered by Pamela Nash) won the British Clavichord Society’s Composition Competition in 2003. A portrait CD, Die Flimmerkiste is available on NMC. Recent works include The Listening Project Symphony (Radio 4, Prix Europa 2013 nominee), Fred and Ginger (LSO, Daniel Harding), SET (Iain Ballamy (tenor sax), BBCPO, HK Gruber), The Food Of Love, twelve Shakespeare songs commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Dadaville (BBCSO, Sakari Oramo) for The First Night of the 2015 Proms. His orchestral work Willie Stock was premiered at the Aldeburgh Festival 2016 with the BBCSO conducted by Oliver Knussen. 

He most recently wrote the music for the audio book version of David Sedaris’s memoirs Theft By Finding.

Gary is Professor of Composition at the RNCM and a professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

Recent works and current projects include: Johnny Spielt Aus for soprano saxophone and piano (commissioned by John Harle, 2017), Latchford Locks for wind orchestra (North Cheshire Wind Orchestra and Tracy Woods commission, 2018) and Ghost Songs for youth choir and orchestra – jointly commissioned by RSNO, RLPO, CBSO and the Basque National Orchestra, November 2018).

A CD of his orchestral music with the RLPO is in preparation for recording and release 2018-19.

www.garycarpenter.net

Photo: Kris Worsley

News

Photos