Sebastian Forbes


Jonathan Willcocks


David Penri-Evans


Paul Pilott


Judith Bailey


Geoffrey Dale


Michael Dawney

  Michael Dawney studied with Edmund Rubbra.
He has foreground music in the film, The House of Mortal Sin - the rest of the score being by Stanley Myers. Michael won a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee prize for his choral piece, Now Welcome Summer.
The BBC Concert Orchestra broadcast his suite, London is a Fine Town, which quotes birds from Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and includes police car sirens.
His music is published by
Fagus Music and includes Oranges and Lemons, a fantasy on a children's song.
He sadly died in 2011.

Philip Drew

Philip Drew was born in Portsmouth, England in 1951 of a musical family that included several military bandsmen. His first musical experiences were as a chorister in St Mark's Church, Portsmouth. He took a music degree at Durham University and held a choral scholarship in the cathedral choir. He held teaching posts in Leeds, Cardiff, in the wilds of Derbyshire and in Chichester along with various organist posts before settling back in Portsmouth in 1982 where he continues to work as a church organist, choir trainer and teacher of piano, organ and singing. He is a founder member and Vice-Chairman of the Portsmouth District Composers' Alliance. His works have been performed in Louisiana, USA and Normandy, France as well in many parts of Britain.  

Alun Grafton


Phillip Pennington Harris

Phillip Pennington Harris studied music at Southampton University, winning the Southampton Concert Orchestra Prize and the Edward Wood Memorial Prize; he continued at Sussex University studying composition with Jonathan Harvey, receiving support from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and the Michael James Music Trust. He studied organ with James Lancelot. Four of his works have been shortlisted by Sound and Music (SPNM), three of which received high profile performances. Much of his output is choral. Recent premières include At the Manger (Mary's Song) commissioned by the Harmonium Singers (Andover, 2000), Salve Regina (Rome, 2005), O sacrum convivium (Rome, 2005), Tu es Petrus (Newcastle-under-Lyme, 2008), Ad Regias Agni Dapes (Rome, 2010), Beati qui ad cenam nuptiarum Agni vocati sunt (Portsmouth, 2010) and Beati qui habitant in domo tua, Domine (Albano, 2011).


Dominique Lemaître


Andrew McBirnie


Martin Read

After completing his MMus in composition at Goldsmiths College, London University, Martin was admitted as a Fellow of Trinity College of Music, since when his music has been performed by numerous ensembles and choirs at most major UK festivals and throughout Europe and the States - most recently Earth Waiting was toured by Saxofonquadrat of Berlin on a concert tour of Usedom and at a number of venues throughout Germany - including the Bflat Jazz Club in Berlin. From 1996-2002 Martin was an spnm shortlisted composer and in May 1999 he was appointed as millennium composer to the Hampshire Music 2000 project, which involved him writing twelve pieces, culminating in him conducting nearly 700 performers in his Mary Rose at the Schools’ Prom in The Royal Albert Hall. May 2010 saw the culmination of work on Roundabout Basingstoke - a community opera, commissioned by the Anvil for Basingstoke's adult music making ensembles. Martin tragically died in September 2012. See more. Further details


Adam Swayne


Other Composers

Martin Dalby

·  See below for OTHER LINKS


New Music Organisations
The British Music Information Centre.

The Scottish Music Centre - has information on Scottish music, performers, concerts and biographies of composers.

Sound and Music (formerly SPNM)
Sound and Music is the UK’s landmark organisation for new music and sound, bringing a vital art-form to more people. Formerly the Society for the Promotion of New Music.

The British Academy of Composers & Songwriters.

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Concert listings and a huge number of links to useful sites for composers and contemporary music.


Other Music Sites

Score Exchange
Search for music, play, purchase and print scores. Music of most genres including contemporary.

Resources for classical & contemporary music & musicians, programme notes, improvisations, concert diary, musicians directory.

Resources for Musicians and Music Teachers
A large range of useful music sites.

Music consultancy and pages on a number of British composers.


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