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Brian Noyes


Music has always been around me in some form or another, but I began my musical education by studying classical guitar at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. I freelanced as a performer for several years, but a growing interest in composition I attended Cardiff University, studying with Dr David Wynne, and then continued at Goldsmiths’ College, London, with Stanley Glasser, for my Masters Degree.

The most important times for me, though, for learning compositional skills, were attending the Dartington Summer School, when Sir Peter Maxwell Davies taught there, and also a weekend of workshops at Aldeburgh School of Advanced Studies with Sir Harrison Birtwistle. I also formed and conducted a new music ensemble specializing in contemporary chamber music. I have had pieces performed by Lontano (ICA London), Singcircle (Vale of Glamorgan Festival), Music Projects London, (Almeida Festival) the Hilliard Ensemble (Christ Church College Canterbury), the Latvian Radio Choir (Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University), Cantemus Chamber Choir Wales, and most recently the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in February 2008. The orchestra performed my orchestral score “Points of Decision” in Manchester as part of an spnm/BBC collaboration, and the piece was broadcast on the Radio 3 “Hear and Now” programme in September of 2008. I am currently a ‘Shortlist’ Composer for ‘Sound and Music’ from October 2007 until 2010, and have recently retired.

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