Robert Carrington - Composer

Who is Robert Carrington and what has he done ?


TRAINING

1968-73: Composition studies: Colin Hand. Goldsmiths College: Electronic Music studies with Hugh Davies.

COMPOSITIONS:
 
1969-78:
Prelude for electronic tape (produced at Tristram Cary's Studio) String Quartet no.7 (Georgian Quartet)- SPN M workshop directed by Richard Rodney Bennett Porciles for piano (Goldsmiths College, London).   Wedding March for organ (Onchan, Isle of Man).  Lessness (Beckett text) for solo piano/ orchestra (Boston, Swanley, London)
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Robert Carrington (C) P Arthur1978-81:
Song-writer for The Flying Testes Brothers (Rock Band) Death of a Nobody for synthesizer  (Film Soundtrack, Jail Warehouse Company).

1981-89:
Aubade and Cortege for organ (Boston Festival, Lincolnshire).  Christ in the Wilderness for solo trombone (Boston Festival, Lincolnshire).  After Plato for solo oboe (Lincoln Cathedral).  The Way is like an Empty Vessel for soprano, recorders, viols and tuned percussion (Cambridge).  Tao for countertenor and piano (Cirencester).

1989-92:
The Uncarved Block for dancer with piano accompaniment (Brighton).  Medea for two dancers and electronic tape (Brighton Festival).  "At the bidding of King Pelias'.' (Apollonius) for clarinet, guitar, cornet and chamber ensemble (Brighton Festival).

1992-1995
Shilly Shally (John Cowper Powys) children's opera with chorus and orchestra- (Hassocks).  Sir Mort Abyssum's Ritual for French horn and Orchestra (Hassocks).  The Stone Circle for orchestra (Hassocks).  Fanfare for trumpeters (Hassocks).

1995-2000
Culpeper's Pavane for five viols (Brighton Festival).  Thyme Cycle (Culpeper) for baritone and chamber ensemble (Lewes).  Dynamic Domestics for clarinet and cornet (Brighton Festival).  From "The Book of Hours" (Rilke) for baritone and wind quintet (Radwinter, Essex).

2000-2006:
Sublunar Cantos :The Moon and Salome (Lorca) for baritone and chamber ensemble (Brighton).  Music for Pepler puppet play for solo piano (David Jones Festival Ditchling) Four Songs (Hilary Pepler) for mezzo soprano and piano (Ditchling).  Cloud Song (AA Milne) for voice and bass viol (Brighton).

2006-10:
To the Universe Belongs the Dancer (Gnostic) for soprano, bass and Sculpted Sound Viola da gamba Ensemble.  Angels of Radiance (Mandean) for mezzo soprano.  The logos Fortified (Gnostic) for singers and body percussion (Guildford Cathedral; Redchurch Gallery London).  'I'm worried about Marcel' (Proust) for baritone and two viols (Brighton Fringe Festival).  The Twelve Piers of Hamnavoe (George Mackay Brown) for baritone and two viols (Adur Festival).  Gowlands Lotion (anon) for soprano and chamber ensemble (Brighton Regency Celebrations).  Mountain Poem (Shabkar) for baritone and bass viol (Malagiri Charity Concert, Barcombe, Sussex).

2011-2013:
Walking Music for JCP for 2 bass viols; Eidolon Vulgaris for chamber ensemble; Ditchling Road for soprano and piano; Mr Powys His Delight for solo bass viol; The Pantheist for soprano and bass viol  (all at Brighton Festival Fringe May 2011)
Aunts and Uncles (7 Peake Nonsense Songs) for soprano and chamber ensemble; “Love I thought it rock-like” for soprano and bass viol (Burpham , June 2011)
In Nomines no.1-4 for soprano, recorded sounds and chamber ensemble (Dec 2012-June 2013, Brighton)
In Nomine no.5 “Jubilate” for chamber ensemble (Dec 2013, Brighton)

2014:2016
In Nomine no.6-10 for soprano, chamber ensemble and recorded sounds (May-December 2014, Brighton)
4 Postcards from Oliver Wilkinson for solo piano: to be premiered by Helen Burford  (Summer/Autumn 2014, Brighton)
"The Empty Suit" for solo piano was premiered at All Saints Church in Hove on Wednesday 16th July 2014.
MUSIC IN THE LANDSCAPE: talk at Fabrica Arts, Brighton July 29th 2014

Quatre calligrammes (Apollinaire: for voice and 3 viols)-2014
Melismata for solo viola-2014
Three Anagrams for Christopher Tye: (for soprano and chamber ensemble- Towner’s Newyd, Strowen Wendy; Norwest Dewyn)-2015 
DURCH DEN SICH VOGEL (Rilke: soprano and 3 viols)- 2015 
ANIMULA VAGULA (Emperor Hadrian: soprano and alto)-2015
1.   BUDDHA IN DER GLORIE (Rilke: SATB choir with 2 horns, tenor and bass trombones)- 2015
2.   BUDDHA ( Rilke: Als ob erhorchte- SATB choir with horns and trombones)-2016
3.   BUDDHA (Rilke: Schon von ferne- SATB choir with horns and trombones)- 2016
 Out of Rilke (solo French horn)-2016
 A horse of course for solo piano- 2016  
MOTET: UBI CARITAS (solo soprano and chamber ensemble)-2016 
MISSA: UBI CARITAS (SATB)-2016


COMPOSITIONS INSPIRED BY THE WRITER JOHN COWPER POWYS

For the full list of Powys compositions click here.

MIXED MEDIA

1978:
Matilda (musical director/composer) with the Jail Warehouse Company (Oval House, London; Rotterdam and the Hague).

1981:
"Along the Ley Line" musical director/performer (Basement Arts, Newcastle).

1982:
The Great Alps Mystery pianist and musical director (Boston, Lincolnshire).

WORDS AND MUSIC

1982:

Devised music for poets Jon Silkin, Anne Stevenson and Joanna Boulter ( Boston, Lincolnshire).

1986-7:
Devised music for Powysian Echoes (Mappowder, Dorset).

1992:
`The Idiot" (Dostoievsky/Powys) for 3 actors, piano and chamber ensemble. (Brighton Festival).

1996:
Words and music (John Cowper Powys) for the Powys Society (Cirencester).

2006:
Devised texts for Virtues and Vices show based on Mediaeval Playing Cards (Brighton Festival).

2008-10:
Ritual for David Jones (based on Inscriptions).

2010
Regency Evening co-director, reader, pianist, musical arranger (Old Market Arts, Brighton).

2011
John Cowper Powys in Sussex (Brighton Festival Fringe - May 2011 with readers.
Celebrating Mervyn Peake (Burpham, West Sussex - June 2011) with Sebastian and Fabian Peake.

OTHER EVENTS

1975:
Director and pianist for "The Sinking of the Titanic" by Gavin Bryars ( Boston, Lincolnshire).

1977:
Devised and played viola/electronics/ percussion for The Alvin Lucier Concert- (Boston, Lincolnshire).

1979:
Played the Viola with the Portsmouth Sinfonia (Rainbow Theatre London).

1981-89:
Founder and musical director of the Dunstable Doysters (Early and Contemporary Music).

1989-Present
Co-founder and musical director of the Pastores Ensemble (Early/ Contemporary Music).



DISCOGRAPHY

From Paris to Burgundy (PastoresEnsemble.org.uk)

New Fashions..
 

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