It’s been such a busy week at the Llangollen International Muscial Eisteddfod.  You can see our children’s day performances and competition entries here: Children’s Folk category: Children’s Folk Choirs | Corau Alaw Werin i Blant Junior Children’s Junior Children’s Choirs | Corau Plant Iau The choir have already performed nine times this week, which is…Continue Reading “Holloway Children’s Choir Oxford and London Concerts: 7:30pm 8th July Holywell Music Room Oxford; 3pm 9th July Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe.”

The Holloway Children’s Choir is currently on tour in the UK!  We are performing at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod from 2nd-5th July (including a performance at Chester Storyhouse on the 4th), and the following week at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford on the 8th July, and the Underground Theatre at the Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe,…Continue Reading “Holloway Children’s Choir UK Tour Dates- Llangollen, Chester, Oxford and London”

Holloway Children’s Choir Winter Concert

On the penultimate day of 2018, the Holloway Children’s Choir held a truly excellent concert to a sell-out audience at the Cathay Future Concert Hall, Tianjin.  To see the programme of pieces we sang, scroll down to the bottom of the post for the poster (mostly in Chinese). Bolstered by our success applying for the…Continue Reading “Holloway Children’s Choir Winter Concert”

Collaboration with Ligeti Quartet (Bristol University Jean Golding Institute Seed Corn Award): “Metastable Impressions”

(Photo: Mike Massaro) I have just begun a new collaboration with Peter Bennett of the Interaction and Graphics Research Group at Bristol University, and Robert Arbon and Alex Jones of the School of Chemistry.  We are working to make visual and sonic representations of computational models of biomolecular dynamics.  In turn, we hope to make…Continue Reading “Collaboration with Ligeti Quartet (Bristol University Jean Golding Institute Seed Corn Award): “Metastable Impressions””

University of Taipei, Department of Musicology visiting lecture: “Organic and Geometric Aspects of Musical Composition” (2018.12.11)

I’m grateful to the inspiring Pan Jia Lin, Professor of Composition at Taiwan’s oldest university, the University of Taipei (台北市立大学), for her invitation to give a lecture to the students of the musicology department.  I had originally planned to give an adapted version of the lecture I previously gave in Zhejiang in May, but Professor…Continue Reading “University of Taipei, Department of Musicology visiting lecture: “Organic and Geometric Aspects of Musical Composition” (2018.12.11)”

Sam Cave forthcoming CD release on Metiér: Guitar Sonatas

The recording for Sam Cave’s CD is all done now, and Metiér (a division of Divine Records) are due to release the disc early in 2019.   I’m honoured that Sam has recorded my Guitar Sonata and Second Guitar Sonata to include on the disc; these are pieces which I wrote specially for Sam, and he’s…Continue Reading “Sam Cave forthcoming CD release on Metiér: Guitar Sonatas”

Holloway Children’s Choir to Compete in the Llangollen International Eisteddfod 2019

The Holloway Children’s Choir has had some fantastic news: we have been selected to compete in the Junior and Junior Folk competitions at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod next Summer! Info on the Eisteddfod can be found here: https://international-eisteddfod.co.uk/ I’m so proud of the children for this achievement, and I can’t wait to bring them to the…Continue Reading “Holloway Children’s Choir to Compete in the Llangollen International Eisteddfod 2019”

Holloway Children’s Choir Summer Concert: Videos

  The Holloway Children’s Choir inaugural concert came after a term of very hard work from me and the children of the intermediate and advanced classes.  They did a great job in spite of being slightly down on numbers (owing to my three week trip to the U.S., we had to organise the concert for…Continue Reading “Holloway Children’s Choir Summer Concert: Videos”

Atlantic Music Festival- Dances in Time and Vertical Space- quintet version (2018) world premiere

Amazing performance today at the Atlantic Music Festival of my piece Dances in Time and Vertical Space. You can watch the full performance here (solo violin: Nicholas Hatt): For Chinese users: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzc5ODg0Mjk4OA==.html   I took some videos of the dress rehearsal yesterday: For Chinese users: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzcxMDcwNjIzMg==.html   For Chinese users: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzcxMDcwNjI0NA==.html          …Continue Reading “Atlantic Music Festival- Dances in Time and Vertical Space- quintet version (2018) world premiere”

Mise-En Festival 2018 Music Marathon- World Premiere of “Crystal Images II”

It was an amazing 4 days at the 2018 Mise-En Festival.  I met many imaginative, free-thinking, intelligent, witty and talented composers, all of us composing very different and distinctive art music.  Moon Young Ha and Jordann Davis and the whole Ensemble Mise-En have worked extremely hard, especially on the last day’s 4-hour long Music Marathon. …Continue Reading “Mise-En Festival 2018 Music Marathon- World Premiere of “Crystal Images II””

I finished my PhD at the University of Southampton in 2011, and passed the viva with minimal corrections in early 2012.  It has been sitting on my computer (and in the Hartley Library at S’ton) all that time, and I thought I ought to put it up here, as it contains a lot of ideas…Continue Reading “PhD Portfolio and Commentary (2012)- download link”

Holloway Children’s Choir Summer Concert 2018

My children’s choir has been going well this semester.  I founded it in February after the Tianjin Grand Theatre’s Mulan Children’s Choir ceased to exist (see here: http://georgehollowaycomposer.com/?p=789), and the choir is going from strength to strength.  I absolutely couldn’t have done it without Zhou Ting Ting, and it’s been a huge learning experience for…Continue Reading “Holloway Children’s Choir Summer Concert 2018”

Highfield Ensemble recording of “I believe in you, my soul” (SATB setting of Walt Whitman)

(Full recording hopefully coming soon!…) The young, adventurous and talented Highfield Ensemble recently made a fantastic recording of my choral setting of a passage from Whitman’s Song of Myself.  Sadly I couldn’t be there myself, but they were so sensitive to the score and detailed in their interpretation, that they didn’t seem to need my personal input…Continue Reading “Highfield Ensemble recording of “I believe in you, my soul” (SATB setting of Walt Whitman)”

International Composition Prize: Second Place in the 2018 Witold Szalonek Composition Prize

I received some pleasant news at the start of June, that my piece for wind quartet, Mysterious Future, won second prize in the Witold Szalonek International Composition Competition.  The final, featuring 16 composers, took place on 5th June 2018 in Kwidzyn, Poland, with the pieces performed by Phasma Music.  Mysterious Future is due to be recorded on Naxos Records,…Continue Reading “International Composition Prize: Second Place in the 2018 Witold Szalonek Composition Prize”

“Fantasia” for accordion and violin, world premiere at Central Conservatory of Music 6th June 2018

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzcwNDg4OTM2MA==.html I met the precocious and astonishing Tian Jianan in 2012, and in 2013 wrote this little piece for her, Fantasia, which I’m very happy can finally receive its premiere in her Master’s Final Recital at the Central Conservatory of Music on Sunday 6th June 2018.  Below is some information about Tian Jia Nan for Chinese…Continue Reading ““Fantasia” for accordion and violin, world premiere at Central Conservatory of Music 6th June 2018”

Zhejiang Conservatory of Music “Composition: Theory” lecture series: “Geometric and organic structural thinking in my musical compositions”

I recently had a superb experience down in Hangzhou, lecturing on my music at the very new and extraordinarily-equipped Zhejiang Conservatory of Music.  It’s one of two new Conservatories that have opened in China in just the last two years, the other being Harbin up in the North East. https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/F-vMzsNrh86bKrQg26H1LQ

Holloway Children’s Choir- inaugural rehearsals

Some of you will already know that I’ve recently set up my own children’s choir in Tianjin, the Holloway Children’s Choir.  We had our first rehearsals this weekend.  Most of my students from the now defunct Mulan have come with me on this new journey!  I’m looking forward to teaching them Sumer is icumen in,…Continue Reading “Holloway Children’s Choir- inaugural rehearsals”

Recording session with Sam Cave: Guitar Sonata

I’m looking forward to the release of Sam Cave’s CD, which will feature both of my guitar sonatas, alongside Murail’s Tellur, Fox’s Chile and Radulescu’s Subconscious Wave, all of which are possibly world premiere recordings.  Sam has described this disc as the “cumulative expression of the last ten years of my guitar playing”, and I am very proud that my…Continue Reading “Recording session with Sam Cave: Guitar Sonata”

Bird Songs (2007-9) song cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano

Bird Songs (2007-9) “Fifty-Nine Swans” (Yeats) “Black Rook in Rainy Weather” (Plath) “The Hierarchies of Sound” (Evans) I’ve uploaded 3 performances of my song cycle for mezzo and piano, “Bird Songs”. Each time working on this song cycle from scratch with a different singer was extraordinarily fun, and a tremendous challenge and learning experience.  I…Continue Reading “Bird Songs (2007-9) song cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano”