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On the Road with the NYOW

Nathan DeardenBMus graduate Nathan James Dearden recently took part in a Young Composers-in-Residence programme, a new initiative by the National Youth Orchestra of Wales (NYOW), in conjunction with the National Youth Arts Wales.

Nathan, who will be returning to the School in September to start an MMus in Composition, was one of five young composers selected from across Wales who had the opportunity to write new music for groups of musicians from within the ranks of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.

Nathan and Mark Bowden

Nathan talking about his new work, Dioscuri for thirteen players, alongside Mark Bowden at Aberystwyth MusicFest

Alongside the other four young composers, he also received one-to-one tuition in compositional techniques, instrumental writing and analysis of existing repertoire, all delivered by a founding member of the Camberwell Composers’ Collective and the Composer-in-Residence with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Mark Bowden.

“It is such an honour to have been selected as a founding member of this new, fantastic initiative”, Nathan said, “and working alongside Wales’ foremost young musicians, in such an encouraging and dynamic environment that the NYOW provides, is a very special thing for young composers such as myself to experience – this opportunity has certainly enhanced my development as a musician, and has formed many exciting professional relationships in the process.”

Nathan’s new work, Dioscuri for thirteen players, received its first performance at University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Lampeter), before touring across Wales with performances at Nanteos Mansion (as part of the Aberystwyth MusicFest), Venue Cymru (Llandudno) and St. David’s Hall (Cardiff).

Nathan has also recently accepted a Postgraduate Award from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, in support of his postgraduate studies at Cardiff University this coming September.

Related links:
National Youth Orchestra of Wales website