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Dr Angela Slater

Dr Angela Slater

Composition and Music Theory Teacher

School of Music

Email
slatera5@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
Music Building, 31 Corbett Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EB

Overview

I am a Lecturer in Composition and Teacher of Music theory. 

Angela Elizabeth Slater is a UK-based composer. In her AHRC-funded PhD at University of Nottingham, Angela developed an interest in musically mapping different aspects of the natural world into the fabric of her music. She frequently associates these concepts and phenomena from the natural world with ideas of movement, forging close links between her gestural language and techniques found in dance.

      Angela enjoys working with professional and amateur musicians with equal enthusiasm. Highlights include the Atea Wind Quintet, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bozzini Quartet, Assembly project, Aurea Quartet, BBC Singers, and Psappha, amongst others.

      Recent significant achievements include being selected to become a 2020 Tanglewood Composition Fellow, a Britten-Pears Young Artist through which Angela worked with Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews and Michael Gandolfi, developing Soaring in Stasiswhich received its premiere at 2018 Aldeburgh Festival. Her work Eye o da hurricane(for string quartet), was shortlisted in the British category ISCM world music days in 2017. Angela recently became the New England Philharmonic’s 2018 call for scores winner resulting in the world-premiere of her orchestral work Roil in Stillnessin April 2019. Angela also became the 2018 Young Composer of the Year for the London Firebird Orchestra, leading to a new work, Twilight Inversions, which received its world-premiere on 11th June 2019. Angela was the 2019 Mendelssohn Scholar resulting in her furthering her studies with Michael Gandolfi at NEC this year. In June Angela has had further exciting performances including the Hildegard National Sawdust ensemble performing Shades of Rainfor piano trio in Brooklyn, New York followed by a world-premiere of her work Of Spheresby the Semiosis quartet as part of the IAWM conference at Berklee College of Music (Boston). Angela has also recently attended the prestigious Choreographer-Composer Lab at Phoenix Dance Theatre with the intention of furthering her artistic ambition and collaborative practices with other artforms.

For more information please visit: https://angelaslatercomposer.co.uk

Biography

Angela Elizabeth Slater is a UK-based composer. In her AHRC-funded PhD at University of Nottingham, Angela developed an interest in musically mapping different aspects of the natural world into the fabric of her music. She frequently associates these concepts and phenomena from the natural world with ideas of movement, forging close links between her gestural language and techniques found in dance.

      Angela enjoys working with professional and amateur musicians with equal enthusiasm. Highlights include the Atea Wind Quintet, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bozzini Quartet, Assembly project, Aurea Quartet, BBC Singers, and Psappha, amongst others.

      Recent significant achievements include being selected to become a 2020 Tanglewood Composition Fellow, a Britten-Pears Young Artist through which Angela worked with Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews and Michael Gandolfi, developing Soaring in Stasiswhich received its premiere at 2018 Aldeburgh Festival. Her work Eye o da hurricane(for string quartet), was shortlisted in the British category ISCM world music days in 2017. Angela recently became the New England Philharmonic’s 2018 call for scores winner resulting in the world-premiere of her orchestral work Roil in Stillnessin April 2019. Angela also became the 2018 Young Composer of the Year for the London Firebird Orchestra, leading to a new work, Twilight Inversions, which received its world-premiere on 11th June 2019. Angela was the 2019 Mendelssohn Scholar resulting in her furthering her studies with Michael Gandolfi at NEC this year. In June Angela has had further exciting performances including the Hildegard National Sawdust ensemble performing Shades of Rainfor piano trio in Brooklyn, New York followed by a world-premiere of her work Of Spheresby the Semiosis quartet as part of the IAWM conference at Berklee College of Music (Boston). Angela has also recently attended the prestigious Choreographer-Composer Lab at Phoenix Dance Theatre with the intention of furthering her artistic ambition and collaborative practices with other artforms.

For more information please visit: https://angelaslatercomposer.co.uk

Honours and awards

Schemes/ awards/commissions (selection):

  • Arts Council England grant for Connected skies: solo series challenge
    • o Writing new works for double bass, cello, accordion, flute with glissando headjoint, percussion and mezzo soprano. (awarded August 2020)
  • Published by Babel scores (from July 2020)
  • PRS Women Make Music grant award for Tautening skies piano concerto (awarded July 2020)
  • 2020-21 Tanglewood Composer Fellow
  • Distorted Light for string quartet selected for 100 pieces by 100 composers Ligeti Workout workshop series
  • Eye o da Hurricaneis selected for 29th International Review of Composers, Belgrade 2020. 
  • Ensamble NEO Call for scores winner for Dispersion in Watercolour (2020)
  • Peter Reynolds Composition Studio (2020 and 2021)
  • 29th International Review of Composers, Belgrade 2020 Winner
  • Illuminate Women’s Music 2019 Season I and II commission pieces (Shades of Rain for piano trio)and Ways of Looking at a Blackbird for string quartet) performances in national concert series August 2019-November 2019
  • Charles Ives Finalist 2018 and 2019
  • Phoenix Composers and Choreographer Lab July 2019
  • Savellyspaja 2019 festival commission with Avanti chamber orchestra
  • RMA Conference commission resulting in the performance of Non-existent for soprano, cello and percussion on 11thSeptember 2019
  • IAWM Conference at Berklee selection of Of Spheresto be performed by Semiosis quartet
  • Hildegard Sawdust composition award – New York premiere of Shades of Rain
  • Soundstream ECW – writing a new string quartet for The Rolston String Quartet
  • Boston New Music Initiative Concert series – call for scores winner 2018
  • Mendelssohn Scholarship Award 2018-19, administered by Royal Academy of Music
  • London Firebird Orchestra Young Composer of the Year 2018 resulting in commission of new work Twilight Inversions
  • New England Philharmonic call for scores winner 2018
  • Shortlisted for the British section of ISCM's 2018 World Music Days Festival
  • Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme – 2017 Composition – working with Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews and the Ulysses Ensemble.
  • St Magnus Composition Festival June 2017 – working with Sally Beamish and Alasdair Nicholson
  • Soundfestival Composers Day – writing for string quartet (with the Bozzini quartet) (2016)
  • DAR residency scheme 2016 – residency in Lithuania with performance of Dark Refractions by the VRM wind orchestra, conducted by Egidijus Miknius.

___________________________________________________________________________Performances (selection)

Postponed 2020 performances

  • 17thApril Punch echo for saxophone and piano at Emmanuel College Cambridge
  • 21stApril Punch echo for saxophone and piano at RBC
  • 1stMay Punch echo for saxophone and piano at University of Goldsmiths Town Hall
  • 1stJune Punch echo for saxophone and piano at St Michael Near Northgate (Oxford)
  • 16thOctober Punch echo for saxophone and piano at University of Birmingham
  • 22ndOctober Punch echo for saxophone and piano at University of Sheffield
  • 23rdOctober Punch echo for saxophone and piano at University of York
  • 24thOctober Dispersions in watercolour for solo cello St Clements Danes (London)
  • 2ndNovember Dispersions in watercolour for solo cello at University of Sussex
  • 13th November Dispersions in watercolour for solo cello at St Luke’s Church in Brighton
  • 21st NovemberDispersions in watercolour for solo celloStonevale concert series - Oxford
  • 4thDecember Dispersions in watercolour for solo cello at University of Birmingham
  • Tautening skies piano concerto at RBC 1stDecember and 10thDecember at CBSO centre

Past (selection):

2019

  • 15thFebruary Suncatcherfor wind quintet at Royal College of Music
  • 29thFebruary Night Mirrors for solo piano performed by Jelena Makarova at St Peter’s Church Nottingham
  • Friday December 6thHunter’s Silence for mezzo soprano and cello performed as part of Olyver collective concert
  • Thursday 7th November Ways of Looking at a Blackbird for string quartet and soprano voice at University of Huddersfield lunchtime concert series.
  • Saturday 9th November Ways of Looking at a Blackbird for string quartet and soprano voice at Emmanuel College Cambridge, UK as part of Illuminate 2019 Season II.
  • Sunday 17th November Eye o da hurricane for string quartet at Conway Hall
  • Eye o da hurricane for string quartet performance at GRIT Collaborative Festival Phoenix AZ (date tbc)
  • Fractal Light for London Oboe quartet (date tbc)
  • Sunday 29thSeptember Upflight for Moonlight Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Austria
  • Monday 4th November Ways of Looking at a Blackbird for string quartet and soprano voice at St Michael's near Northgate lunchtime concert series as part of Illuminate 2019 Season II
  • Friday 30th August Shades of Rain for piano trio performed by Ethel Smyth trio at Music and Wine series at St Luke's, Brighton UK as part of Illuminate 2019 Season I.
  • Thursday 5th September Ways of Looking at a Blackbird for string quartet and soprano voice at Second International Conference on Women's Work in Music held at the University of Bangor as part of Illuminate 2019 Season II.
  • 10th-13th September RMA Conference - world premiere of non-existentfor cello, soprano and percussion 
  • Saturday 14th September Shades of Rain for piano trio performed by Ethel Smyth trio at St Mary's Coffee concert series, Stafford, UK as part of Illuminate 2019 Season I.
  • Sunday 15th September Shades of Rain for piano trio performed by Ethel Smyth trio Stonevale concert series, Oxford, UK as part of Illuminate 2019 Season II
  • Roil in Stillness for orchestra to be premiered by the New England Philharmonic -27thApril 2019
  • Twilight Inversions for orchestra to be premiered by London Firebird Orchestra 11thJune
  • Shades of Rain 5thJune to receive its New York premiere 5thJune
  • Of Spheres world premiere by Semiosis Quartet IAWM at Berklee College of Music 7thJune
  • 3rd July 2019 Concert and Networking Event for Composers and PerformersThe Brunel Museum, London performance of Lamproptera meges by Michael Sluman.
  • Shades of Rain for Prism trio performances in Boston on 8thMarch at Cambridge New School of Music
  • Shades of Rain for Prism trio performances in Hartford on 30thMarch at Hartford Women Composers Festival
  • 9th April Dispersions in Watercolour at Boston University performed Subaoi Zhang
  • Saturday 2nd February Watercolours for string quartet part of Soundstreams performed by The Rolston String Quartet, Toronto.
  • Saturday 9th February Eye o da hurricane ​for string quartet at LSO St Lukes, UK - world premiere.
  • Saturday 16th February Eye o da hurricane ​for string quartet at RCM, UK.
  • Monday 25th February A Moments Breath for solo flute performed by Kathryn Williams at The Crescent Community Venue, 8 The Crescent, YO24 1AW York
  • Friday 8th March Shades of Rain for piano trio performed by Prism trio at New School Music Hall, Cambridge, MA as part of Illuminate Season I 2019.
  • Tuesday 19th March, Dispersions in Watercolour for solo violin performed by Christine Cornwell in Amsterdam

 

 

            2018

  • Upflight for string orchestra to be premiered by Moonlight Symphony Orchestra 2ndNovember 2018.
  • The Moon is Falling for classical guitar and violin, Drifting spells for guitar and loop pedal and Into the Scarlet Sky(for shakuhachi and guitar to be performed as part of the Illuminate concert series on , 1stOctober Oxford, 3rdOctober Liverpool 16thOctober London and 20thOctober Nottingham 2018
  • Night Airs and Flickering airs in coloured skies as part of the Boston New Music Initiative Concert series – 12thOctober 2018
  • Soaring in Stasis for chamber orchestra to be performed as part of Aldeburgh Festival 22ndJune 2018.
  • Twice Removed for Juice Ensemble at Cheltenham Festival 15thJuly
  • Night Mirrors for solo piano at the University of Vienna 27thApril 2018
  • As the Moon runs Red for solo trumpet written for Simon Desbrusiais (22ndMarch 2018)
  • Sun Catcher for wind quintet written for the Atéa Quintet as part of the Late York Concert series 7thApril 2018
  • Eye o da hurricane for string quartet 11thFebruary 2018 performed in Texas by the Invoke String quartet
  • The Moon is Falling for classical guitar and violin, Night Mirrors for solo piano and Into the Scarlet Sky(for shakuhachi and guitar to be performed as part of the Illuminate concert series on 9thMarch, 10thMarch, 11thMarch, 20thApril, 1stOctober, 3rdOctober and 20thOctober 2018 - http://www.illuminatewomensmusic.co.uk

           

            2017

  • Becloud performed by Késia Decote 29thJuly 2017 in Birmingham
  • The Glaciate Falls for London Consort of winds (12thOctober 2017)
  • Soaring in Stasisfor ULYSSES Ensembleas part of the Britten-Pears composition course 2017 - 14thJuly 2017
  • Flickering Airs in coloured skiesfor Assembly Ensemble for St Magnus Festival 21stJune 2017

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching:

  • Composition (including supervisor for Final Year major project modules)
  • Elements I and II
  • Tonal Common Practice: Styles and Techniques

Postgraduate Teaching:

  • I contribute to specialist classes in the Research Skills & Teaching Music modules
  • 20th and 21st Century Music.

Upcoming performances and projects:

  • •Echo [punch] for saxophone and piano - 26thNovember , 7.30pm (UK time) digital concert at University of Sheffield as part of Illuminate Women’s Music touring concert series. Performed by YshaniPerinpanayagamand Naomi Sullivan
    •A door to yesterday for solo double bass – 4thDecember (UK time) digital concert as part of Illuminate Women’s Music Digital concert series. Performed by Maggie Cox.
    •Dispersions in watercolourfor solo violin - December 5, 19:00 Argentinean time (GMT-3) performed by Pablo Rubino
    •Spaces Frozen for viola and cello as part of Verdant Vibes 56thseason (Digital edition) (date tbc)
    •Eye o da hurricane performance as part of 29thInternational Review of Composers (performance postponed)
    Connected skies: solo series challenge – writing six new solo works for performers across the world including works for: double bass, cello, accordion, flute with glissando headjoint, percussion and mezzo soprano
    •RNSO composer scheme 2020-2021 – writing a symphony orchestra work
    •New work for bass clarinet and piano
    •Tanglewood 2021 Composition Fellow

Works (selection):

Woven half dreams for solo cello written for the Connected skies solo series challenge (October 2020)

The aching space between for solo double bass written for the Connected skies solo series challenge (October 2020)

A door to yesterday for solo double bass (written for Tanglewood festival August 2020)

Spaces Frozen for viola and cello (written for the assonance ensemble) (April 2020)

Etchings for piano and percussion (May 2020)

Etching colours for violin and oboe (July 2020)

Punch Echo and Echo punch for saxophone and piano written for Illuminate Women's Music 2020 concert series

Distorted Light for string quartet (January 2020)

Tautening skies (piano concerto) (November 2020)

Out of dust for cello, piano and soprano (November 2019)

Hunters silence for cello and mezzo soprano (September-October 2019)

Non-Existent for cello, percussion and mezzo soprano (July- August 2019)

Ways of Looking at a Blackbird for soprano and string quartet (June-July 2019)

Of Spheres for string quartet (April-May 2019)

A Pattern of Shadows for chamber orchestra (March -April 2019)

Greentail Dragonfly for oboe d’amore (February 2019)

Shades of Rain for piano trio (December 2018-January 2019)

Fleeting Airs for Moldovian Kaval (November 2018)

Falling watercolours for string quartet (October-November 2018)

Upflight for string orchestra (2018) (September-October) 2018)

For the memories for SATB (September 2018)

Drifting spells for solo guitar (August 2018)

Twilight Inversions for orchestra (July 2018)

Twice Removed for SSA written for the Juice vocal ensemble (May-June 2018)

Dispersions in Watercolour for solo violin (May 2018)

Soaring in Stasis for chamber orchestra (revised March-April 2018)

The Sun Catcher for wind quintet (January-Feb 2018)

Into the Scarlet Sky for shakuhachi and guitar (December 2017-January 2018)

The Moon is Falling for violin and guitar (revised November 2017)

Night Mirrors for solo piano (October- Nov 2017)

Sky Burst for solo harp (September – Nov 2017)

Soaring in Stasis for chamber orchestra (July 2017)

Eye o da hurricane written for the Gildas Quartet (June 2017)

Flickering airs in coloured skies for Assembly Project (June 2017)

Glaciate Falls for wind nonet (January 2017)

Fractal Light for oboe quartet (December 2016)

Ukulele Fantasy for The Lincoln Ukulele Band – part of Adopt Composer project (Nov 2015-June 2016)

Fantasy of Dawn rescoring of Ukulele Fantasy for string orchestra (March 2017)

As the Moon Runs Red for trumpet (October 2016)

Dark Refractionsfor wind orchestra (March/April 2016)

Nacreous Contours for solo clarinet (Feb/March 2016)

Sakura; The Falling of the blossom for Cello, Oboe, Koto and Shakuhachi (Sept 2015)

Rainbow Fires for piano trio (August 2015)

We’re all mad here for toy piano (August 2015)

Frozen Waterfall for flute, cello and violin (July 2015)

Apparitions for chamber choir ( June 2015)

Roil in stillness: Ripples and Waves for orchestra (Feb - April 2015)

Frost Flowers for solo violin (March 2015)

The Shadows that I missed for members of The University of Nottingham Philharmonia Orchestra. (December 2014 – January 2015)

Shadows create the Night for piano quintet for workshop session with Ensemble 360 at The University of Nottingham.  (October – December 2014)

Night Airs (for mixed chamber ensemble) (August– September 2014)

Soundscape composition for joint project with artist Jo Berry for installation at the Blackpool Illuminations in August/September 2014

Thoughts when ...(    /    /    ) for string quartet (February – March 2014).

Cloud for string ensemble – for the Arco Ensemble (November 2013 – January 2014).

The Dawn for flute and clarinet duet (November 2013).


Momentations for wind quintet (July – November 2013)

Three streams in time for solo clarinet (April 2013).


Three reflections for piano (March 2013).


Stormscape for wind orchestra (2012–13)