COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE
Owain Park, born in 1993, is a composer, conductor and singer based in the United Kingdom. His works are published by Novello and have been performed internationally by ensembles including the Tallis Scholars, the Aurora Ensemble and the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir. Owain is a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO), and was formerly Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral and Trinity College Cambridge.
Owain began as a chorister at St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol, before joining the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. He was assistant conductor of the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir from 2012-2014 and was recently appointed as Cambridge Chorale’s new Music Director. Owain also founded and directs The Gesualdo Six, a vocal consort performing an eclectic mix of renaissance and modern works. The ensemble were St John’s Smith Square Young Artists and have since appeared in the Christmas and Holy Week Festivals there. He is part of the quartet of Tenebrae Associate Artists, and has worked with ensembles including Polyphony, the Dunedin Consort and Alamire.
Owain’s compositions have been awarded first prize in a number of national and international competitions, including those organised by the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), Reverie, the Phoenix Singers’, the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, the Jackdaws Music Trust, and A Carol for Christmas (in association with the King’s Singers and Classic FM). Recordings of his work have been made by Tenebrae (Nigel Short), ORA (Suzi Digby), the Choir of Wells Cathedral (Matthew Owens) and The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge (Stephen Layton). His chamber opera The Snow Child was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in summer 2016, and his compositions have been broadcast on stations including BBC Radios 3 and 4, Classic FM, and around the world. www.owainpark.co.uk
2015-2016 COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE
Oliver Rudland is an English composer based in Cambridge, known for his accessible style of modern composition. His operas have received particular attention and critical acclaim.
His orchestral music has been played in masterclasses directed by James MacMillan, Colin Matthews and Mark-Anthony Turnage, and he has had chamber works performed at the Cheltenham International Music Festival, the Southbank Centre, and the DiMenna Center (NYC).
His latest opera Pincher Martin based on the novel by William Golding, was staged at the RCM Britten Theatre in July 2014 to great critical acclaim: 'This is an eloquent, succinct opera... In music and design...Pincher Martin pinched and gripped. This opera deserves to live.' (The Times: ★★★★)
For more information, see Oliver's website: www.oliverrudland.com