for unaccompanied choir (SATB)
duration: 3 minutes
Born in 1974 near Liverpool, Nicholas Brown
graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford University with a First Class
Honours degree in Music in 1996. He later studied composition with Ned
Rorem in New York City (1996-8) before returning to England to study for
his doctorate at Oxford.
Nicholas has a particular interest in music that incorporates a theatrical
element, whether in works for voice, choir, opera or music for film. Much
of his concert music contains elements of theatre: The House of
the Hanged Man (1998), for example, recreates a rehearsal of the
music of deceased French composers and Henry and Johann
(2001) simulates an imaginary meeting between Bach and Purcell.
Nicholas Brown has featured in festivals on both sides of the Atlantic,
including the 2000 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the 2001
BBC Promenade Concerts and a festival of British Art in New York called
'UK-in-NY', sponsored by the British Council. Other performances of his
work have been given in a variety of venues from the Barbican Centre,
London and the National Gallery of Art, Washington to concert halls in
Tokyo and the Bahamas.
Large scale works include the opera Heart of a Dog (1998),
which was fully-staged in Manhattan in 1998, and two scores designed to
be played live with classic silent films: Lady Windermere's Fan
(2000) - released by the British Film Institute along with the 1916 film
in April 2001 (BFIV083) - and After Death - due for DVD
release in 2002.
Recent chamber performances include the London Premiere of The Lily-White
Rose (2000) at the BBC Proms by The Orlando Consort and Two
pieces concerning Time, written as part of the PRS Adopt-a-Composer
scheme for The Phoenix Singers of Shrewsbury, England. Nicholas has also
collaborated with a variety of talented young colleagues, including Martin
Rummel (dreamscape for cello and piano), saxophonist, Sarah Field and
completed short film scores for young directors including The Truck
(2001). The choir of Magdalen College, Oxford has regularly performed
work by Nicholas Brown, both at home and abroad, and made recordings of
his liturgical music, in addition to commissioning new work, such as the
recent carol, Mirabile Misterium (2001).
More information is available at http://www.nicholasbrown.co.uk
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