Professor Michael Finnissy started writing music almost
as soon as he could play the piano, aged four and a half. Winning the William Yeats Hurlstone composition-prize at the Croydon Music Festival led to a Foundation Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music. Playing piano for Russian-style classical ballet classes helped the finances. Early composition teaching, at Dartington Summer School, were partnered by an old friend, Brian Ferneyhough. Member of the ensembles Suoraan and then Ixion (founded and still directed by Andrew Toovey). Attached to Contemporary Music for All (CoMA)since its inception, he has performed, and been in residence as composer, globally including Melbourne and the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney. His principal teaching has been at the Royal Academy of Music, Winchester College, Leuven (Belgium), and the Universities of Sussex and (currently) Southampton.
He his also President for N.C.G (Norfolk Composers Group)
Pat Hanchet has a BA Honours Degree in Music and a Dip.Ed. from Durham.
She has taught Music to all ages.
Her compositions are eclectic in style and purpose, from electronic through to educational. She is currently published with Phoenix Music, Arcomis and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Press.
Her music has been performed in Norfolk, Suffolk, London, Leeds, Durham, Doncaster, Prescot, Lunel, New York, Los Angeles, Canada and the USSR.
She has toured abroad playing early instruments, some of which she was involved with manufacturing.
Martyn Craft. Born 1958. Studied composition at York University. Several pieces played under the auspices of The Society for the Promotion of New Music. Compositions have won a number of prizes and have been performed all over the U.K. Has mainly written small scale pieces but is always on the lookout for larger scale commissions!’
Musical Education: Composition with Robin Holloway and Hugh Wood.
Principal works: Marianne Dreams, an opera; Trafalgar 1805 for orchestra; Elegy for the Fallen for strings orchestra; Quiet Lanes for string quartet,; Trio for flute, bassoon and piano; Telling Tales for wind band, piano and soprano; Four Preludes for piano.
Malcolm Robertson was born in Lowestoft in 1964, largely self-taught as a composer, he has been composing for around 35 years. He has written works for Piano (including two sonatas), Organ, Choir, Songs, Orchestra & Chamber Music (including two String Quartets). He is currently working on a Piano Trio. Malcolm has a special interest in 20th century American & British music and the symphony generally. Other hobbies include, bird watching & nature photography, astronomy & history.
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Geoff Cummings-Knight (MA, B Mus Hons, ARCM, ABSM) is a British Composer, Arranger, Producer and Lecturer. His compositions have won national and international recognition (Boston University Chamber Ensemble). He was featured in BBC TV Series “Heartland FM” produced by Tern TV (1999) for his Radio Series on Composers. Currently he is an active member of the Norfolk Composers Group and has contributed to concerts over the past 3 years.
Geoff also performs Live Piano Accompaniment to Silent Movie Footage (Cromer Coast Festival 2013) and other venues, and plays and improvises on Piano in various settings.
Local choirs in Norfolk (New Sheringham Singers, Southrepps Chorale) have performed his “Invocation: The Nightingale” at various venues.
Piano Concerto no 1 (Worthing Symphony Orchestra 1985) (D Honeybourne/M Jones) 2 Piano Version: Bristol (2006) Duncan Honeybourne Birmingham (2011)
Piano Sonata No 1 in C# major (Duncan Honeybourne) St. John’s Church, Wimbledon (2011)
Amey, R (2011) “…arresting elements of improvisation, fantasy, sound pictures and above all, white hot passion”
Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis, Ballade, Preludes, Transcription of The Turning Year Cantata
Symphonic Prelude: The Infancy of Hercules (Orchestral run through, Buxton (2008).
Edge of Dream: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Weir, J (2015) …“skillful harmonic progressions, beautifully crafted…the grandchild of…Faure”.
Jennie Cummings-Knight, MA, FHEA, PGCE, MBACP (counsellor, lecturer, writer) is also a musician and contralto folk singer. She improvises on favorite piano tunes and experiments with her own. She has also written a number of Hebraic style settings of sacred texts for Guitar and Voice. She is a member of local choirs (most recently Poppyland Benefice Choir). Since her move to Norfolk in August 2013 she is singing more than she has done for years and is enjoying the opportunities available.
Composing music since 15: simply followed a piano transcription of the Unfinished every time it was played on the radio and thought to myself, “I can do that…” So I did and have just followed my nose and the blobs ever since. In schools & colleges where I’ve worked I composed music for anybody who would play it which resulted in various wacky combinations, including an opera/ballet for a middle school. I’ve trained many executives & consultants in industry under the heading of ‘self-development’ and had them ‘composing music’. I joined COMA in 2006 and have never looked back. I still don’t know what a diminished 7th might be but I know that music is the sound of life.