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Nicholas Stuart (*1988)

Nicholas Stuart studied composition under Richard Causton at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where he graduated with first class honours. Scholarships from the Conservatoire and the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust allowed him to subsequently pursue a Masters, for which he was awarded a distinction. In 2008 a grant from the Erasmus foundation allowed him to spend a semester studying at the Krakow Academy of Music in Poland. Nicholas´ work has been performed and workshopped throughout the UK by ensembles including Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Fidelio Trio, the Schubert Ensemble and the Barbirolli Quartet. His music has appeared at festivals and venues including Leeds Lieder, Frontiers Plus and the Stratford upon Avon Music Festival, the Forge and the Austrian Cultural Forum in London and the CBSO centre and Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham. In 2012 he won first prize at the Acht Brücken International Composition Competition for his percussion quartet And All the Clocks Chime. The work was premiered in Cologne´s Karl von Bismark Saal by Schlagquartett Köln and broadcast on WDR 3. In 2013 he was a featured composer in the PLG Young Artists New Year Series, during which his newly commissioned work Elysium was premiered in the Purcell Room. In 2014 he became a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize; an award that has resulted in the work you will hear this evening. Nicholas lives in Birmingham where, alongside his composition, he works as a primary school teacher and occasional freelance copyist.

And All the Clocks Chime (2011)















  von HYPERWERK 2002