News: Announcing the selected composers with the BBC Symphony Orchestra

We are pleased to announce the following composers have been selected to work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

David Coonan for the BBC Symphony Orchestra

David CoonanDavid Coonan is an Irish composer currently based in London. His work is driven by a notion of creative recycling, and his all-embracing musical curiosity has led to a body of compositions mindful of many diverse musical influences.

His works have been performed by, amongst others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RAM Manson Ensemble, and with conductors including Gavin Maloney and François-Xavier Roth,. Current projects include works for the Pythagoras Ensemble (UK), and a song cycle based on the poetry of Federico García Lorca for Baltimore-based chamber music collective Vivre Musicale. 

He was a featured composer in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Horizons’ Series in January 2015; this saw the premiere of his Sarcasms for orchestra, an RTÉ commission, and his violin concerto Träumerei, with soloist Kristine Balanas, in a portrait concert at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. He is a member of the Association of Irish Composers, the Irish Composers Collective, and the London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub community. 
He studied at Trinity College Dublin with Donnacha Dennehy, and pursued further composition studies with Christopher Austin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.


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Ed Nesbit for the BBC Symphony Orchestra

ed nesbitEdward Nesbit studied at Cambridge University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and King's College, London, studying with Richard Baker, Julian Anderson and George Benjamin. 

His works have been performed by groups such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and members of the Philharmonia Orchestra in venues including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Hall; his work has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. 

He won the 2010 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize and, in 2013, the first Verbier Festival Academy Composer Prize.  His song cycle A Pretence of Wit was shortlisted for the vocal category of the 2013 British Composer Awards.



Ryan Latimer for the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Ryan LatimerRyan Latimer is a composer currently based in London. His music has been performed throughout the UK and Europe by leading ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Orkest de Ereprijs (Netherlands), Warszawska Opera Kameralna (Poland) and the Workers Union Ensemble, with whom he was Composer-in-Association during 2014.

His recent composition, Moby Dick, written for the London Sinfonietta in 2014 features on NMC Recordings’ Next Wave album.The same year saw the premiere of his first opera, Three Tall Tales of Doctor Monsieur Façade, commissioned by the Warsaw Chamber Opera in Poland. In 2013, he was one of six composers to participate in the LSO Panufnik Scheme, resulting in the performance of his orchestral work, Rhapsody.

He was also one of six featured composers at the Austrian Cultural Forum’s Soundings Festival and his piece, Divertimento, commissioned by Britten Sinfonia, was premiered at Wigmore Hall and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He was awarded 1st prize at the Young Composers Meeting 2011 (Netherlands) and subsequently commissioned to write a larger work for the Dutch ensemble, Orkest de Ereprijs. 

With support from the AHRC, he is currently pursuing a PhD at the Royal Academy of Music, with guidance from Philip Cashian and Michael Finnissy. 

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