Royal Academy of Music Bicentenary celebrations: LORD HERBERT’S PAVAN composed by DAVID GORTON performed by Bradley Johnson on #neuguitars #blog
As part of its Bicentenary celebrations, the Royal Academy of Music embarked on an ambitious project, inviting 200 composers to write 200 new works for solo instrument or voice. The recordings and scores for these works, written for every principal study instrument taught at the Academy, are now available, creating a new library of varied contemporary works by many of the world’s leading composers.
David Gorton is a composer based in London. A winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, his large-scale works include The Fall of Babel for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Oblique Prayers for the London Sinfonietta, Schmetterlingsspiel for Ensemble Exposé, and Burgh Castle for CHROMA. His compositional projects have been widely varied in style, ranging from explorations of microtonality through to musical games and open forms, programmatic portraits of East Anglian Landscapes, and re-workings of 16th- and 17th-century materials. He also writes within the fields of performance studies and artistic research, and has published articles and book chapters with Oxford University Press, Leuven University Press, Contemporary Music Review and Music & Practice. David was a student at Durham University, King’s College London, and the Academy, studying composition with Harrison Birtwistle and Simon Bainbridge. He has taught at the Academy since 2006, where he is a Professor of the University of London. His music is widely recorded on several record labels, and published by Verlag Neue Musik, Berlin.