Patron – Stephen McNeff

Stephen Mcneff

Stephen McNeff studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and did post-graduate work at the University of Exeter. He began his career working in theatres throughout Britain and he became Associate Director at the University of Manchester’s Contact Theatre. He went to the Banff Centre in Canada as composer in residence writing a number of music theatre works before becoming Artistic Director of Comus Music Theatre in Toronto. There he won a Mavor Moore Award for his opera The Secret Garden. On his return to Britain he won a Scotsman award at the Edinburgh Festival for his opera Aesop, written with long-time collaborator, the Cornish poet Charles Causley.

In 2005 he became Composer in Residence with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra where principal conductor Marin Alsop gave premieres of three new symphonic works, Heiligenstadt, Secret Destinations and the Sinfonia. Other works for the BSO included Weathers for chorus and orchestra, and Echoes and Reflections, premiered by Yan Pascal Tortelier. He also completed works for the BSO’s new music ensemble, notably LUX and Counting 1 and 2 (premiered in an exchange with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s Ensemble 10/10). The Chalk Legends, an opera oratorio with over 2300 performers, was commissioned by the BSO for London 2012

His Concerto for Flute and Wind Orchestra was premiered by the Lambeth Wind Orchestra in April 2014 and revived five performances in the first year with more scheduled. The Concerto for Oboe and Strings was first heard at the Presteigne Festival (‘filigree swerves of texture redolent of an almost baroque, Italianate sensibility’, according to Tempo Magazine) while his new orchestration of Carmen for Mid Wales Opera was greeted with great enthusiasm. Steph Power in Wales Arts review said, “ McNeff’s Carmen is recognisably Bizet (via Saint-Saëns and Ravel), but breathes quite another smoky atmosphere: Kurt Weill’s burlesque, ironic cabaret. With guitar and splash cymbal, saxophone and muted trumpet, McNeff opens the door to a rich and intriguing Carmen as direct social critique”.

Find out more about Stephen!

Sunday, March 18th, 2018 at 8:42am
Music typsetting and editing service - just one of the many
benefits on offer to #TŷCerdd members.

Gwasanaeth cysodi a golygu – dim ond un o’r buddion ar gael i'n
haelodon. Ymunwch a Thŷ Cerdd nawr am fyd o gyfleoedd.
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Sunday, March 18th, 2018 at 8:42am
@zoelpalmer @LyricHammer @mosaic_opera It was a pleasure. Great to meet and work with such a talented and energetic group of opera creators. A brilliant and overdue initiative.
Sunday, March 18th, 2018 at 8:39am
Big Thanks @StephenMcNeff for leading yesterday’s composers’ workshop which was a hit and to @LyricHammer for hosting #operamakers @mosaic_opera
Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at 5:15pm
@Libby_Burgess @StephenMcNeff @NewPathsMusic @mcmezzo Oh what a lovely person you are! Too high a praise for doing silly things that leak out of my brain! Can’t wait for it to be @NewPathsMusic! Just sorry I can’t be there
Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at 5:14pm
Great to be reviving @StephenMcNeff’s #Vivienne for @NewPathsMusic. @mrjoeaustin is a genius and it’s always an inspiration to work with him. And @mcmezzo does a real tour de force in this show. Dream team.
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 9:25pm
Swansea Phil #Choir is looking for a #youthchoir to perform in Britten’s War Requiem – Brangwyn Hall 2 Dec. Contact jonathanrogers117 for details.
Mae @ChoirPhil yn chwilio am gôr ieuenctid ar gyfer ei berfformiad War Requiem. Manylion wrth jonathanrogers117
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