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Nathan James Dearden (b. 1992) is a composer and conductor, whose music has been commissioned, performed, featured and workshopped by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tippett QuartetGenesis Sixteen, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Orchestra of Wales, The Heath Quartet, Grand Band, the Fidelio Trio, Hebrides Ensemble, CHROMA ensemble, Carla Rees and The Dunedin Consort. His music regularly features in concerts across the UK and overseas, including at the Cheltenham Music Festival, Dartington International Summer School and Festival, International Young Composers' Meeting, CROSSROADS International New Music Festival and Vale of Glamorgan Festival of Music

Recent notable performances include under the earth, written as part of  Cerdd’s CoDI Chamber Programme  (Berkeley Ensemble), 2 lost songs at CROSSROADS International New Music Festival (Hebrides Ensemble), i sleep alone at Nagoya University/Japan (Jeremy Huw Williams; Paula Fan), franz at City of London Guildhall (London Philharmonic Orchestra), and johannes at World Saxophone Congress Zagreb 2018 (Tenor Saxophone Collective).

Upcoming projects include a song-cycle collaboration with composer and pianist Michael Finnissy, a new work for pianist Mary Dullea as part of an album project with the  Cerdd Label, plus a new set of works for the Swansea Philharmonic Choir as part of Making Music UK’s Adopt-a-Composer Scheme.

Based in South East England, Nathan is currently Performance Manager, Visiting Lecturer in Music Composition, Conductor of the New Voices Consort and New Music Collective and Postgraduate Research Scholar at Royal Holloway, University of London. 



photography | Catrin Arwel