The tradition of performing older choral music, with new music as the rare exception to this tradition, is a relatively new concept. While older music, whether it be Tallis or Tailleferre, is an essential treasure to Western culture, the maintenance of a culture that values novel ideas and new works is also essential to building an exciting, bright future.
The music world is a small one, and the members of Voces Inauditae are proud to use their connections to give young, up-and-coming composers the opportunity
to have their works performed.
Emma-Ruth Richards is a composer much in demand in the UK and overseas. Emma-Ruth’s music has been performed on the international stage, taking her to Hong Kong, Den Haag, Banff, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. She is a Royal Northern Gold Medal composer and has featured in festivals including Aldeburgh, Music of Today, Sounds New Canterbury, Internationaal Kamermuziekfestival Den Haag, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Sound Scotland, Queen’s Belfast, North West, and the St. Magnus Festival. Emma-Ruth studied at Cardiff University and then at the Royal Northern College of Music, and has since studied with composers such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Oliver Knussen, and Alexander Goehr and Colin Matthews.
Rosie Wilson is in her final year at the University of Edinburgh studying English Literature, French, and Music. Over the past seven years she has enjoyed writing music spanning a range of genres from classical to tango and jazz, and has had compositions performed by Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra, Oxfordshire Youth Big Band, Grittleton Chamber Music Course, and the Edinburgh University Composers’ Orchestra.
William Anderson has just finished his BA in Music at Christ Church, Oxford, and will be continuing studying there for a Masters in Musicology from September 2016, focusing on the sociology of choral performance. Raised in an overly-musical household in Surrey, he learned singing, viola, and piano from an early age and is never to be found too far from any one of them. Several of his choral works have been performed at services in Christ Church Cathedral. He studies singing with Giles Underwood, and is a member of the acclaimed Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, the Oxford Bach Soloists, and Sansara, as well as organising performances of bawdy Purcell drinking songs in bars with his own ensemble from time to time.
Edinburgh-born Elizabeth Wells is a final year Bachelor of Music student at the University of Edinburgh. Her musical interests are far reaching but performance, education and composition are key areas of focus. She studies flute with Andrea Kuypers and as President of the Edinburgh University Music Society, regularly performs with all their ensembles. Once she graduates, Elizabeth hopes to become a classroom music teacher, but over her time at university, and with thanks to Voces Inauditae, she has developed her compositional style, experimenting primarily with choral and vocal composition.
Marco Galvani is a composer based in London, studying with David Sawer at the Royal Academy of Music for an MMus in Composition. He studied for three years with Emily Howard at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, and subsequently with Professor Robert Saxton at the University of Oxford. Marco’s choral and instrumental works have been performed throughout the UK, Europe, and North America. Marco is an associate composer with Sansara Chamber Choir, and his compositions have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by a variety of choirs. While a composer with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Marco’s instrumental compositions were performed at Sage, Gateshead, Tate Modern, and Royal Festival Hall in London. In 2016 his first Chamber Opera, Rothschild’s Violin, was performed by New Chamber Opera, leading David Threasher from Gramophone to describe Marco as ‘a compositional voice of genuine promise’.
Joanna Ward is a 19 year old composer from Newcastle upon Tyne, currently reading Music at Cambridge University. Her compositional achievements include being performed by the Gesualdo 6, workshopped by the RNS, the NYO, and Voces8, and commissioned by the St Andrews Voices Festival, St John’s Cambridge Chapel Choir, and Cambridge Chorale. She is also currently on the prestigious Sound and Music emerging composers’ scheme ‘Next Wave’.
Her work draws on the abstract and beautiful within a wide variety of musics; her experiences singing in the NYCGB and Jesus College Chapel Choir combine with these aesthetic interests to result in a choral output which is removed from the explicit whilst also striving to be deeply idiomatic and expressive.
Meghan Quinlan is a Canadian academic, choral conductor, and sometime composer currently based in Sweden. She recently completed her doctorate in medieval music at the University of Oxford, where she also taught courses in musicology, co-conducted the chamber choir Sansara, and directed the Choir of Wolfson College. Meghan co-founded the HCC Youth Ensemble, which she conducted along with the HCC until she finished her undergraduate degree at McMaster University. Meghan then went on to study conducting in Oslo, Norway with Kåre Hanken, a leading international choral conductor and teacher. During that time she sang with the famed Oslo Chamber Choir, which specializes in Norwegian folk music. Meghan has led choral workshops throughout Europe and her choral arrangements have been performed in numerous countries including Norway, Sweden, France, Korea, Canada and the USA.
Seventh generation Marylander Justine Koontz is a composer, conductor and scholar whose compositions and arrangements focus on choir and chamber music that is accessible yet explores a variety of diatonic idioms. Justine’s compositions have been recognized at the international level, including performances at the 2010 International Festival of Women Composers (Indiana, PA) and the 2012 World Choir Games (Cincinnati, OH.) As a conductor, Justine is an advocate for new music; she premiered “Somewhere in Europe” for voice and chamber orchestra by Butler composer Harriet Steinke, and, as a conducting fellow at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers’ Symposium, premiered works by fellow participants. She recently completed an M.M. in choral conducting and composition at Butler University in Indianapolis where she studied with conductors Dr. Eric Stark, Dr. John Perkins and Henry Leck, and composers Dr. Frank Felice and Dr. James Aikman. Additionally, she has also worked as a church musician; guest conducted her choral works with local ensembles; and taught a wide range of subjects, including piano, guitar, conducting and music theory. Curious about many facets of music, she recently completed a year of study on a Fulbright scholarship in Rīga, Latvia during the 2016-2017 academic year, where she researched the choral culture of the Baltic region.
Justine is an active member of ASCAP and the American Choral Directors Association, and was awarded membership to both Phi Beta Kappa (the National Liberal Arts Society) and Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honors Society.) Her compositions are self-published through her company Wild Garden Music.
Luke Mather is a freelance musician in the North of England and London. He graduated from the University of Manchester in 2015 with a first class degree in Music, focussing on performance and composition. Luke is a keen composer of choral music. In recent compositions he has experimented with polyphony techniques of the Renaissance, spoken word and folk tune harmonisation. Harmonic and textural development and sense of line is what propels many of his pieces forward. His recent compositions have been performed by Icosa Chamber Choir, The Bristol University Madrigal Ensemble, Durham University Chamber Choir and Manchester Based Ensemble, No Dice. Luke also performs as a singer and conductor. This year Luke is one of eight singers on the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain Fellowship Programme, performing and giving workshops with the group across the UK. Luke is musical director of Icosa Chamber Choir, Bolton Chamber Choir and Barnsley Singers and Assistant MD of Barnsley Youth Choir. He currently studies singing with Andrew Heggie and has studied conducting with Matthew Hamilton, Neil Ferris and Matthew Wright.
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