Mark Bowden, composer

Each piece comes with its own challenges, but these are not frustrations. It is exhilarating to start a new piece and think about how to build its sonic world. I’ve been lucky enough to have huge variety in my work

Aaron Holloway-Nahum, composer & conductor

I would also say that my music is very much for the performer.  I really deeply love musicians, and I want my music to be rewarding for them

Adam Swayne, pianist & composer

Who or what inspired you to take up a career in music? As a teenager I was lucky to have Jeremy Carter as my piano teacher. I also revered the rock’n’roll pianism of Jerry Lee Lewis (and still do). Who or what were the most important influences on your musical life and career? I struggled…

Helen Grime, composer

Each commission has its own challenges, this may be linked to a brief. It often feels like you have to learn composing anew for each piece and that’s tough

Martin Gaughan, composer

the thing perhaps that links my compositional language is a sense of expressiveness, I feel a great need to express how I feel and think, as I am sure do all composers. I can’t, for example, work solely with serial techniques

Supriya Nagarajan, composer

Compositions happen in small bits, over time and you react to things in rehearsals. So, for me it’s about having an open-minded approach and a flexible mindset.