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Giles Swayne

Publisher: Novello & Co

If there were any doubt that Giles Swayne is the most accomplished choral composer in Britain (and in enlightened circles there isn’t), the premiere of his powerful new “requiem”, The Silent Land, would have swept it aside. - Richard Morrison, The Times

If there is a living composer who writes with more virtuosity for voices, I don't know of him. Or her. Swayne is a master, with a sweeping sense of the theatre, but a sharp command of detail. - Michael White, Independent on Sunday

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Career Highlights:
  • 2008 appointed Composer in Residence, Clare College, Cambridge
  • 1999 premiere of HAVOC by the BBC Singers and Endymion conducted by Stephen Cleobury
  • 1990-96 lives in Ghana
  • 1981/2 study visit to the Gambia and southern Senegal
  • 1980 premiere of CRY by the BBC Singers conducted by John Poole
  • 1976/7 visits Paris Conservatoire to study with Messiaen
  • 1968 on leaving Cambridge wins a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music to study with Birtwistle, Bush and Maw

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