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Nathan selected for International contemporary music festival, CROSSROADS by Nathan James Dearden

Nathan is one of fifteen composers from across the world who has been selected to be featured at the 2018 CROSSROADS International Contemporary Music Festival.

15 selected composers have been invited to compose for and participate in the Crossroads Festival and its events, held at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg on 6-8th of December, 2018. Nathan has been paired to write a new oboe quartet for the Hebrides Ensemble, an ensemble which has established itself as one of the foremost chamber music collectives based in the UK.


CROSSROADS aims to promote international cooperation between composition, and contemporary music performance students from different countries. Its main goal is to create an opportunity for young artists to learn from each other, to get to know different cultures and to build international relationships.

This year the Festival is interconnected with the 60th Anniversary of the Studio for Electronic Music of Mozarteum University of Salzburg. This connection has set the focus of the Festival to be electro-acoustic and electronic music. The program will feature composers as Javier Torres Maldonado, Francois Bayle, Barry Truax, Jean-Luc Hervé, Curtis Roads and Elian Radigue, performed by ensembles Dedalus, Hand Werk, Enssle-Lamprecht, Hebrides Ensemble, Platypus and NAMES. CROSSROADS also aims strongly for contemporary music education: four lectures will be held about various issues on composing and working with ensembles.

'franz': LPO Premiere in the presence of royalty by Nathan James Dearden

Commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra for their 2018 Summer Gala, franz recieved its world premiere last night at the City of London's Guildhall, in the presence of HRH The Duke of Kent KG.

This new set of fanfares for brass ensemble recieved their first performance (conducted by the composer) in the Old Library and Great Hall at the City of London's Guildhall, with around 300 special guests, sponsors and donors of the orchestra in attendance. Special gratitude goes to Paul Beniston (trumpet i), Anne McAneney (trumpet ii), Cameron Johnson (trumpet iii), David Pyatt (horn), Mark Templeton (trombone) and Lee Tsarmaklis (tuba) for their performance and invaluable input.

The LPO's annual Summer Gala this year celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the orchestra's Education & Community Programme, one of the first orchestra's in the UK to place their education and outreach work front-and-centre of their output. In honour of this, all elements of the orchestra's outreach-based activities were represented, from the Young Artist's Scheme to Foyles Future First programme, 100 Hours initiative to the Open Ear Orchestra, plus not least the the highly-acclaimed Young Composer's programme which Nathan was selected for in their 2016-17 cohort.

For three decades the London Philharmonic Orchestra has taken itself off the concert platform and into the community, driven by the desire to share the power and wonder of orchestral music with everyone. On this Gala evening Vladimir Jurowski, the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor, will conduct special guest artists in a spectacular performance that also showcases some of the inspirational educational work that goes on day to day, week to week.

For more information about the Gala itself or the work of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, please CLICK HERE

interview: LPO Debut Sounds | Meet the Composers | Nathan James Dearden by Nathan James Dearden

Introducing the Royal Holloway Picture Gallery Composer-in-Residence Programme by Nathan James Dearden

Nathan is pleased to be involved in Royal Holloway University of London's inaugural Picture Gallery Student Composers-in-Residence.

This is a ground-breaking residency in which three successful students from the Department of Music will have their musical responses to the Picture Gallery and some of its wonderful paintings performed by members of the New Music Collective. These new compositions are the result of a special collaboration between the College’s Curator Harriet O’Neill and Nathan James Dearden, a College Composer, Conductor of the New Music Collective and Performance Manager at the Department of Music.

Each successful applicant have been allocated an ensemble from the College's New Music Collective (no more than 5 players) and will work with these players through a collaborative and immersive rehearsal process. They will also have the opportunity to meet with the College Art Curator, Harriet O'Neill, to discuss the Picture Gallery's art collection and to explore possible areas for artistic collaboration. Each successful applicant will also recieve support and guidance from composer and conductor, Nathan James Dearden, through a mixture of one-to-one mentoring sessions and during practical workshop settings.

This year's culmintaion concert will take place at the Picture Gallery (Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX) on Tuesday 29th November, 2016. This event will be open to the public.

This project is kindly supported by Royal Holloway University of London New Music Collective

Inspiring young composers: A-level Composition Workshop at Cardiff University by Nathan James Dearden