Paul Newland

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Paul Newland (born 1966) is a British composer of contemporary classical music. He has won numerous prizes, including the RPS Composition Prize 1990, a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award in 1993, and in 1995 he was awarded the Royal Academy of Music's Josiah Parker Prize by György Ligeti. He has studied composition with Anthony Gilbert and Sir Harrison Birtwistle at the Royal Northern College of Music, with Michael Finnissy at the Royal Academy of Music, Jo Kondo at the Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima (where he lived between 1999 and 2002), and Simon Holt at the Royal Holloway University of London.

His works have been performed and broadcast by ensembles and artists such as [rout], 175 East, Arditti Quartet, Asko Ensemble, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Richard Casey, Composers Ensemble, Exquisite Corpse, Philip Howard, Huuj Ensemble, Ives Ensemble, Ixion, Jane's Minstrels, London Sinfonietta, Opus 20 and the London Symphony Orchestra.

In 1995, with composers Paul Whitty and Sam Hayden, he co-founded [rout], a collection of musicians and composers dedicated to collaborative inter-disciplinary performance. Several of his works (such as Standing Jump, 2002) have been written especially for [rout]. Recent [rout] appearances include Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Art and Trinity Laban's Wired Up festival. In 2004 he formed the electric guitar duo Exquisite Corpse with guitarist David Arrowsmith.

He currently is a Professor of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban, in London and is an Associate Lecturer in the Music Department at Oxford Brookes University.


His works include:

  • being-as-it-is (1999) for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, vibraphone strings
  • no[w]here (1999) for 3 video tapes and optional minidisc
  • butterfly dreaming (2000) for piano
  • Standing Jump (2002) for violin, guitar, harmonium and harpsichord
  • Japanese Death Songs (2005) for soprano, flute (tripling piccolo and bass flute), oboe (doubling cor anglais), clarinet, percussion, 2 pianos, violin, viola and violoncello
  • Shadows and Dust (2005)

as well as a book called Writings through John Cage (2003), published by Contemporary Voices (BMIC)

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