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Hywel Davies

composer & sonic artist

On this page is information about previous projects in the form of a chronology, there is also a short current biography

CHRONOLOGY

2016

Three Sea Songs for alto,

Warsongs - King's Place, London

2015

Warsongs - Large scale work

2014

Five Shakespeare Sonnets for baritone and small ensemble premiered by Kokoro with Laurence Williams, conducted by Mark Forkgen (January).

2013

Appointed composer-in-residence with Kokoro (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s new music ensemble).

Test Ground, a new work for solo marimba commissioned by Japanese percussionist Kuniko Kato is premiered at the Cheltenham International Music Festival (July).

Artist in Residence (A Place for Art Residency) with the National Trust at Mottisfont Abbey during 2013, culminating in Test Polyphony a new installed work shown for 12 months at Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire (March-May), featuring Kokoro.

First performance of Purcell Variations commissioned by Trondheim Sinfonietta to mark the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten. The work was premiered in Trondheim on 7 February at the Olavshallen, Trondheim, Norway.

The Prima Facie imprint of asc records released a CD 'Hywel Davies' featuring selected concert works written over the last 15 years. The release of the CD was supported by the RVW Trust and the Bliss Trust.

2012

Commissioned by b-side multimedia festival to make To-ing, fro-ing a ‘live’ multi-movement installation piece featuring Weymouth Concert Brass (brass band) at the b-side multimedia festival 2012 to coincide with the Olympic sailing events in Weymouth.

New work, Quickstep commissioned by Kokoro (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s new music ensemble). First performance broadcast on BBC Radio 3

Composed works published by Boosey and Hawkes and Oxford University Press

2011

The Watcher (turf piece) commissioned by the National Trust and installed at Mottisfont Abbey December 2011-January 2012

Three new carols to be performed in London during December by the New London Chamber Choir (St Martin’s-in-the-fields) and Canticum (St Saviour’s Pimlico)

Moments musicaux commissioned by Trondheim Sinfonietta performed in Trondheim in October

Angelus (electroacoustic work with video) for Brazilian pianist Luciane Cardassi (solo piano/video) premiered at the 2011 Peninsula Arts Festival (Plymouth)

2010

Commissioned by b-side multimedia festival to make a new wind-driven sound installation, Sound Tubes, installed on Chesil Beach, September 2010

In midst of woods, a song for SA and piano, published by Boosey & Hawkes (anthology)

Collaboration with Carl Leroy-Smtih and Nick Gradidge to design a purpose-built sustainable workspace in the New Forest. (SCAD – Solent Centre for Art and Design)

2009

Tram Nisse, a new work for members of Trondheim Sinfonietta to be performed on a tram during a journey on the Grakallbanen tram line (December)

Artist in residence at Transmission/Freesound at Plymouth Arts Centre. Restaging of part of Music for Libraries, and commission of new stereo work Dejeuner sur l'herbe (August).

First performance of 37-part invention, new work for Ealing Youth Orchestra to celebrate their 50th anniversary, subsequently taken on European tour (July).

First performance of Sinfonietta concertante, a new concertante work for South Aberdeenshire Youth Orchestra. Commissioned by South Aberdeenshire Music Service and Sound 2008 with funds from the PRS Foundation for New Music (March).

2008

Gwair gwyrdd, gwyrdd o gartref (The green, green grass of home)
Turf piece commissioned by SAFLE and Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru.   Installed at the 2008 National Eisteddfod, Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff, 1-8 August.

Commissioned by Sound 2008 (Aberdeen) to make Lick - a new electroacoustic work for the Sound 2008 Festival

Commissioned by SAFLE and Benoy Architects to develop proposal for a permanent sound installation for the new Hayes shopping centre in Cardiff.

2007

Ricecare No.2, collaborative work with video artist Ane Mette Ruge, opens at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen

Publication of seven piano pieces by Boosey & Hawkes (anthology)

Study No.4 commissioned and premiered by Ealing Youth Orchestra

Music for Libraries (permanent sound installation commissioned by Kent County Council) opens at Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope.

2006

Composer in residence at the Free Resonance Festival, Trondheim, Norway.

Selected as a delegate at InterAct2006 (held in Rosekilde, Denmark) to work with Danish video artist Ane Mette Ruge. (Attendance funded by Arts Council England.)

After the premiere of Three Orchestral Sketches by Ealing Youth Orchestra, the orchestra make a successful application to the Performing Rights Society Foundation to commission a second new work for the EYO.

2005

Commissioned by Kent County Council to make a new work for the remodelled Sevenoaks Library (Kaleidoscope)

Dormi, Jesu (carol) published by Novello & Company

Resident Artist in Music & Sound Programme, Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada, January-March (Arts Council England/Bliss Trust/Muttart Foundation Scholarship)

RVW Trust Bursary for travel to premiere in Norway

Music for Open Plan Offices (permanent sound installation commissioned by Arts Council England) opens at all Arts Council England offices

2004

Appointed Lead Artist working with Niall McLaughlin Architects for the Arts Council England South West Office Relocation.

Works broadcast on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company): Bow Flurry (February), 38 Inventions (August)

2003

Arts Council International Fellowship to be Resident Artist in Music & Sound Programme at the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada January-March

2002/3

Artist in Residence, New Greenham Arts, culminating in Pastoral, a new sonic installation at the former USAF Air Base (April/May 2003)

2002

South West Arts, Awards for Artists professional development award to fund the writing of two new chamber works to be premiered by Kokoro (Bounremouth Symphony Orchestra's new music ensemble)

2001

HTV/Red Weather documentary on the making of Salva Me for the Bath International Festival 2001

George Butterworth Composition Award for Crepusculum performed by the Goldberg Ensemble

2000-1

Arts Council of England Year of the Artist Residency, culminating in Salva me, a new sonic installation shown at and commissioned by the 2001 Bath International Festival

SHORT CURRENT BIOGRAPHY

Hywel Davies is a composer, sound artist and installation artist who lives and works in Somerset, UK.  His wide-ranging output includes concert works, dance scores, electronic and electroacoustic works, ringtones, sound installations and installations that don’t involve any sound at all. He is currently composer-in-residence with Kokoro (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s new music ensemble), recent works for them include Five Shakespeare Sonnets [2013] and Quickstep [2012]. Other recent concert works include Test Ground commissioned by Japanese percussionist Kuniko Kato and premiered by her at 2013 Cheltenham Festival; and Purcell Variations commissioned by Trondheim Sinfonietta (Norway) to mark Benjamin Britten’s centenary. Recent installed works include Test Polyphony, the culmination of three months as artist in residence with the National Trust at Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire. [May 2014]