Composers Edition

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Vic Hoyland

'one of the most distinctive voices of his generation in British music
Andrew Clements, The Guardian

We're delighted to welcome Vic Hoyland to Composers Edition, publishing his post-1994 works. A Haywood Fellow at the Barber Institute (1980-84), Hoyland is Emeritus Professor of Composition at the University of Birmingham where he taught for more than 26 years.

The initial Composers Edition works include his triptych of BBC-commissioned orchestral works comprising Phoenix, Qibti and Vixen. Described variously as "Continuously enthralling" (Paul Driver) and "Impressive writing - and fascinating listening” (Observer), recordings of these were released to great acclaim by NMC.  

We're also publishing the more recent and monumental WULF for 24 voices (amplified) and 24 instruments (2014). These larger works are complimented in the initial selection by chamber works including String Quartet No.3 (Bagatelles)Sicilian vespas for flute and piano and the BCMG-premiered Hey Presto! "A gripping discourse between the Commedia dell’Arte characters… teams with drama."

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Craig Vear

'Vear shines in the extended format like a good short story writer who suddenly discovers he's a great novelist

'a blend of intellectual rigour and a powerful emotional directness that goes straight to the heart' 
Gavin Bryars

We're delighted to welcome Craig Vear to Composers Edition and publish his innovative digital scores.

Working with found materials, Craig Vear's pioneering reactive digital performance materials point the way forward for artful,  interactive composition for live performance.  Described by as 'abstract spirituality' and often taking inspiration from art, film or text, each of his works is deftly crafted to take the listener on a journey of memory and imagination.  All of the works on offer through Composers Edition operate on both PC and Mac computers and comprise all of the software and files required for performance plus straightforward instructions. They also come with the support of Composers Edition and the composer himself.

Work in focus : Three Last Letters

Arising from a residency with the British Antarctic Survey and premiered at the Vale of Glamorgan FestivalThree Last Letters reimagines the the last moments inside the minds of Scott, WIlson and Bowers on the Antartic Ice Shelf in 1912.  Drawing on Scott's diary, final letters from the three explorers, Antarctic field recordings and the music of Elgar it creates a powerful live experience.


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Brian Inglis

'most accomplished
Daily Express

'...unqualified praise.... inspired.... a highpoint of the service

Churches Together in Wales

'pleasantly tropical luxuriance'
Daily Telegraph

'dramatic fire'
The Times

We're delighted to welcome Brian Inglis to Composers Edition with an initial selection of vocal and piano works. Inglis has speciaised in writing for voice, working with distinguished singers including Mark Oldfield who premiered Three War Songs, and Roddrick Williams who is currently touring with his setting of Sassoon's 'Everyone Sang' (from the same set) at the Llandeilo and Budleigh music festivals. He has also worked with Lore Lixenberg who gave both the concert and the stage premiere of his one-woman opera The Song of Margery Kempe.

Having worked with the BBC Singers and New London Chamber Choir, Inglis has developed close relationships with a range of amateur and semi-professional groups. In 2013 he collaborated with lyricist Charles Hart on Highbury Fields, commissioned for Islington Choral Society's 40th anniversary concert at Cadogan Hall. Choral works available so far on Composers Edition include Without Loss, commissioned by the Lambeth Singers, Verbum bonum et suave, commissioned by Jeremy Rouse for Ishirini and After-thought, a setting of text from William Wordsworth's Sonnets from The River Duddon. The first piano work to be published by Composers Edition is Inglis' glitteringly clangerous TintinnalogiaWe're looking forward to publishing further choral, vocal, piano and chamber works in the coming months.

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About Composers Edition

The newly launched Composers Edition offers ready access to professional composers' own imprints, delivered in days to your door, or downloaded in seconds!

Our speedy print-on-demand and digital download service means that new works can be available days after the composer has finished composing.

What's more, because composers retain all rights to their works, by purchasing through Composers Edition customers are helping to ensure that composers get the maximum return for their skilled creative endeavours.

We'll be adding more Composers soon, so do keep in touch via our mailing list and social media (see right).

I'm a Composer - Can I publish my works with Composers Edition?

Composers Edition offers a subscription based service to professional composers.

Providing you produce well presented scores and parts and can demonstrate significant demand for your works, then Composers Edition can help.

To find out more go to Composer Application.

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