Dr Mark Bowden

Personal profile

Mark Bowden is Director of Composition at Royal Holloway. He teaches and convenes a variety of modules for both undergraduate and postgraduate composition students. Please visit www.markbowden.net for the latest information about Mark's work.

Mark is a composer of chamber, orchestral and vocal music. His work is performed at festivals and events throughout the UK, Europe and the US and can be heard regularly on radio stations around the world. Mark is currently Resident Composer with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He was the 2011-12 Music Fellow at Rambert Dance Company and the first composer-in-residence at Handel House Museum. Mark is a founder member of the critically acclaimed Camberwell Composers’ Collective and was New Music Associate at Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge from 2008-2010. He was Composer-in-Residence in 2011 and 2012 at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden.

Mark came to public attention when he was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize for his first BBC orchestral commission Sudden Light in 2006. He has composed for many leading performers and organisations including Aldeburgh Music, Arditti Quartet, Ballet Black, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra, CoMA, Huddersfield Festival, Jeremy Huw Williams, Kokoro, London Handel Festival, London Sinfonietta, Oliver Coates, Ostrava Banda, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Spitalfields Festival, Thomas Gould, Ulster Orchestra, W11 Opera and many others.

Mark’s most recent pieces include his percussion concerto Heartland, premiered at the 2013 Vale of Glamorgan Festival by Julian Warburton; Parable, for alto saxophone, commissioned by the London Sinfonietta for Simon Haram; and his cello concerto Lyra, premiered by Oliver Coates and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2011.

Mark’s abiding interest in dance has resulted in collaborations with many choreographers. Most recently Mark collaborated with Eleesha Drennan on Virtual Descent, a new work for National Dance Company Wales. During his residency at Rambert Dance Company Mark created three original works and a new realisation of Debussy’s L'après-midi d'un faune for the Company’s main tour. In 2008 Mark collaborated with Martin Lawrance to create Stealing Poison for Richard Alston Dance Company. In 2010 Mark was awarded a grant from the Cultural Olympiad to create a new collaborative music and dance project for emerging composers and choreographers.

Mark is a member of the British Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music and is also an occasional saxophonist, performing with a variety of ensembles in London and the rest of the UK including Horsebox, Camberwell Composers’ Collective and the Contemporary Consort.

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