Sophie Viney

A Time to Dance
for string quartet

duration: 4 minutes

A Time to Dance is a miniature for String Quartet. Although complete in its own right, the work is part of a series currently being written based on the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. This passage explores the idea that there are various opposites and cycles in life and that there is a time for everything. It is a joyful dance that gradually travels away into the distance, giving a sense that the Dance is ongoing.

Sophie Viney (b. 1974) studied Composition, Piano and Conducting at the Royal College of Music where she received the Adrian Cruft and Sullivan and Farrer prizes for composition. Her teachers at the College include Simon Bainbridge and Jeremy Dale-Roberts. She went on to complete an MMus in composition with Robert Saxton at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Her compositions have been performed at, among other places, Spitalfields Festival and the Wigmore and Festival Halls with artists such as the Philharmonia and Mezzo Soprano Sarah Walker. She enjoys writing music for theatre and has written incidental music for Aristophanes' The Wasps at Watford Palace Theatre.

She is currently Deputy Director of Music at St Helen's Church North Kensington where she composes music for services as well as playing and singing. She also teaches Composition and Piano for Camden Music Service.

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