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Royal Holloway composer's prestigious appointments

Posted on 06/07/2011

A music lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London has been appointed Resident Composer at BBC National Orchestra of Wales as well as Music Fellow at Rambert Dance Company.

Dr Mark Bowden, Lecturer in Composition at Royal Holloway, will write three new works commissioned by BBC Radio 3 over the next three years, which will be premiered by BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Dr Bowden, who says he was delighted to learn of his new appointments, added: “This is a dream come true for a composer. To be given the time and space to write is a fantastic opportunity. I’ve had a relationship with BBC National Orchestra of Wales for several years so this feels like a very natural progression. The atmosphere that the orchestra creates during rehearsals and performances is one of warmth and professionalism, and I couldn't ask for a better ensemble to be associated with."

In his youth Dr Bowden initially trained as a dancer alongside his music studies and faced the difficult decision of deciding which field to pursue professionally. So when the Music Fellowship became available at Rambert Dance Company he was keen to apply. 

He said: “It was a difficult decision deciding whether to pursue music or dance as a career, After auditions I was offered places at both music and dance colleges but eventually I decided to study composition at the Royal College of Music. I have an abiding love of dance so this is an ideal fellowship for me. The post will also involve outreach work, which I am looking forward to.”   

Dr Bowden’s first commission with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales will be a cello concerto, lyra, performed by the orchestra and the cellist Oliver Coates as part of this September's Vale of Glamorgan Festival.


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