Composer profile: Benjamin Oliver

April 24, 2013

Going from strength to strength, I caught up with composer and conductor, Benjamin Oliver.

What have you been up to since Sounds New last year?

It’s been a quite a busy year!

Over the summer, leading up to the performances in December, I was involved in the final stage of the International Composer Pyramid, run by Sounds New and Coups de Vent. I wrote a new piece for the competition, Prelude, Fugue and Riffs. I didn’t win this time but was delighted to be voted best piece by the audiences in the UK and France and also by the musicians playing the music!

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Ben Oliver (second from right) and members of Workers Union at Sounds New in 2012

Apart from my composition work I also began a permanent position as Lectureship in Composition at the University of Southampton in October. I have worked in various roles at the University for a couple of years but it’s great to be working full-time and helping develop the new music activities within the music department.

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