Andrew Glover (composer)

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Andrew Glover (born 1962) is an English composer.[1] His music has been played by many national and international performers and ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra[2] under Martyn Brabbins and Grant Llewellyn and the English Northern Philharmonia under Paul Daniel, and is mainly performed abroad from Mexico to Russia among other places and artists. He was a visiting Composition Lecturer at the Birmingham Conservatoire (BCU)[3] until early 2014.


Glover was born in Birmingham, UK. He studied in Nottingham and gained his Doctorate in 1994 from Keele University after studying with George Nicholson. His composition is influenced by world music and rock. He has won several competitions.

His best-known work is the aggressive work for orchestra "Fractured Vistas" from 1995. Played and broadcast in various countries and shortlisted in the Lutoslawski Prize in 1997.

In 2000 he began working on his concerto The Death of Angels: A Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, based on John Milton's Paradise Lost. This work was premiered and broadcast by the BBC in February 2003.

His 45-minute Piano Concerto took four years to compose between 2002 to 2006 but remains unperformed to date but he has always stated that he feels it is his best work.

After three years research, experimentation with Sound Files and electronic principles and historic research into the Eastern Roman Empire he completed his "Symphony No.2: Byzantium" in 2009 which was released on the CDP label in Britain. Further research and experimentation produced the "Anglo Saxon Trilogy" based on Anglo Saxon culture and language. Both works are for fixed media (CD).

In April 2013 a 50th birthday concert at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music showcased some of his more recent chamber music to great critical praise.[citation needed]

Since 2005 he has been a visiting lecturer in music Composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire, (BCU). In October 2012 he was appointed Lecturer on the Composition and history courses of the OCA (Open College of Arts).

Musical style[edit]

Glover worked as a semi-professional flautist as a student and much of his output features the flute, with several commissioned compositions for the Japanese/Mexican flutist Asako Arai.

Much of Glover's early work dealt with the manipulation of pulse and time. He said in an interview on BBC Radio in 2004 that his fascination in this area came from watching nature’s natural rhythms of life change and move at different rates of change, and “the sound of the great earth cracking…”. This informed the works in his PhD thesis and culminated in works such as Fractured Vistas and The Fickle Virgin of Seventeen Summers.

This research work lead to his study of the polyrhythmic, micro-macro aleotory works of György Ligeti and Witold Lutosławski. His own work is something of a development of these ideas into a more modern idiom, this is particularly evident in the slow movements of his Violin and Flute Concertos.

In 2007 he won the Presidents Prize in Potsdam, Germany for his work Reasons of Darkness, Excuses of Light. It is a work that shows the composers skill in incorporating new and exciting sounds from the world music field. It is written for Turkish Baglama (Saz) and Chamber Ensemble.

His 2009 work for tape Symphony No.2: Byzantium combines and incorporates much Anatolian, Byzantine, Greek and Iranian Classical and world music. The piece is cast in five separate movements and lasts 73 minutes and took nearly three years to write.

In 2009 he came second with his piano piece A Night Walk Through Mexico City in the YAGE competition in Salzburg, Austria and wrote a new Piano Sonata (No.2, The Salzburg) for the pianist in this competition, Baiba Oshina.

In 2010 the fourth movement of his Symphony No.2: Byzantium, entitled Byzantine Light was shortlisted in the Udine Composition Prize in Italy.

Glover as a performer[edit]

Glover is a flute player and multi instrumentalist, also playing Bodhran, Baglama, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Whistles and Woodwind. He has recorded for various artists in session and works with students encouraging performance techniques and styles. As a flautist he has a Performance Diploma (LGSM). He specialises in the fields of contemporary flute and also 19th century romantic music playing a 10 keyed German Flute in authentic performances and a 1903 Hawkes & Son Boehm System wooden flute. He is part of the ensemble "The Buchner Duo" with the pianist Charles Mathews.

Political stance[edit]

In November 2008, following leaking of a BNP database, Glover was supposedly quoted as admitting "involvement" with the BNP British National Party in an interview with the Daily Mirror.[4] He denied "membership" of the BNP in a later interview.[3]

In March 2009, a petition was launched by left wing organisations, seeking unsuccessfully, to have Glover removed from his post as visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University.[5] In the Times Higher Education Supplement interview he accused the left wing of a "1950s McCarthy witch-hunt" against him.

Selected compositions[edit]

  • The Stones Speak Czech (1994) Soprano & Microtonal Ensemble.
  • Fractured Vistas(1995) Orchestra
  • The Bloodied Moon (1995) Soprano and Mixed Ensemble
  • The Fickle Virgin of Seventeen Summers (1996)String Quartet
  • Lovelight (1996)Soprano and Flute
  • Seven Disparate Visions of Quetzalcoatal (1997) Solo Flute
  • Ashes: After The Fracture: A Symphony for Orchestra (1997)
  • Wind Carvings (1998) Woodwind Quintet
  • The Death of Angels: A Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (2000)
  • Hymns of Crow; A mini semi acted opera in six scenes (2001) Soprano and Piano Trio
  • The End of the Circle (2001) Piano
  • Speaking in Tongues of Angels (2002) Piano Trio
  • Cretan Dragonfly (2003) Flute, Vibraphone and 12 Solo Strings
  • Echoes of Angels(2003 )Mixed Chamber Ensemble
  • Thowring (1997/2003) Harp
  • Cretan Nights: A Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra (2004)
  • The Seventh Angel Sounded the Seventh Trumpet: A Concerto for Flute with Orchestra (2004/5)
  • Hiraeth(2004) Violin and Piano
  • White Flight(2004) Mixed Ensemble
  • Ozrica Opticali (2005) Graphic Score for Mixed ensemble of trio to sextet
  • The Time of Moments: A Concerto for Piano and orchestra (2002–2006)
  • Guitar Sonata (2006)
  • Byzantine Melody No.4 (2006) Descant Recorder and Piano
  • Reasons of Darkness, Excuses of Light (2007) Baglama and Mixed Ensemble
  • Akritikas(2007) Electronic (CD)
  • The Walls of Constantinople(2007) Electronic (CD)
  • Anatolian Distortions(2007/08) Solo Amplified Flute and Electronics
  • Dark Thoughts On A Feeling(2007/2008) for String Orchestra
  • Thowring 3: Threnoidia (1997/2003/2008) Chamber Orchestra
  • Symphony No.2: Byzantium (2006–2009) Electronic (CD)
  • Eardstapa (2010) for Baritone/Narrator, Anglo Saxon Lyre, and Mixed Chamber Ensemble
  • Faeder Ure (Lord's Prayer) (2010)Electronic (CD)
  • The Anglo Saxon Trilogy (2010) Electronic (CD)
  • Flute Sonata "Remember" (2011/12) Flute and Piano
  • Engla Tocyme: A Song Cycle on poems of Raymond Tong (2012) for Baritone and Piano
  • Earth-Stepper: A Sonata for Recorder player and Piano (2013)
  • Earth Stepper Runes (2013) for Clarinet Cello and Piano


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  3. ^ a b "Petition calls for sacking of lecturer named on leaked BNP members' list". Times Higher Education Supplement. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  4. ^ "BNP members in hiding after document leak". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  5. ^ Collins, Tony (4 March 2009). "Birmingham City University lecturer in BNP row". Birmingham Mail (Trinity Mirror Midlands Limited). Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  • Lander,J (2006). "Glover, An Unheard Original", New Music Magazine, May 2006.UK.
  • Green,D (2003). " An Unusual Man Speaks of His Music", Village Magazine, June 2003.USA.
  • Gaudeamus Foundation, Amsterdam Nederlands.
  • Article in Libre, "New Music Hits the Mark" Mexican Newspaper 1997.
  • Article in Libre, "Meet the New Voices Being Heard this Week" Mexican Newspaper 2003.
  • Program notes from "The 23rd 'Manuel Enriques' Festival of New Music", Mexico, 2001.
  • Program notes from "The 25th 'Manuel Enriques' Festival of New Music", Mexico, 2003.
  • Article in Leeds "Echo", 1997.
  • Glover,A (1994). "Andrew Glover: Composition by Research".(PhD Thesis), Keele University 1994.
  • Birmingham Central Music Library, Birmingham (Scores).

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