Prof. Gwyn Charles Pritchard

Prof. Gwyn Charles Pritchard

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Compositions, performances and related events, since 2006

  • Song for Icarus commissioned by Carin Levine and David Alberman; performed by them at the Weimar festival: Frühjahrstage für Zeitgenössische Musik. This started an important, ongoing association with the festival; regularly represented in future years as composer, conductor and competition juror. Further commissions and premières have included: Arial Dreaming (2010), Prince Achmed in China (2012), Colouring In (2015), and other works.
  • Regular representation at the Zepernicker Randspiele Festival, near Berlin since 2006. Commissions and premières have included: Epyllion (2011), Ricorrenza (2013), Mein Herr Katzer’s Toye (2015), Gravity (2016), and other works.
  • Performance of Janus in the Steirische Kammermusikfestival, Graz, Austria, repeated Salzburg Mozarteum, begins an association with The Austrian Ensemble for New Music (oenm) (2007).
  • Two Movements for Solo Viola commissioned by Maurizio Barbetti. World première in Trento.Italy
  • Regular inclusion in the Berlin festival Pyramidale since 2007. Commissions and premières have included: Luchnos (vocal sextet, 2008), In Passing (flute & marimba, 2009), Processional (solo cimbalom, 2013), …what’s it all about? (voice and electronics, 2016), and other works.
  • 2008: Sixtieth birthday year. Celebratory events included the following:
  • BBC Radio3 commissioned The Firmament of Time for the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Broadcast January 2009, conducted by Garry Walker.
  • The Basel Symphony Orchestra promoted a concert in the Stadttheater Basel which included two works by Pritchard.
  • A concert in Essen, Germany, organised by composer Gerhard Stäbler, including all Pritchard’s shorter piano pieces, performed by Ian Pace.
  • Festival Firenze SuonA Contemporaneo in the Bargello, Florence, Italy programmed works by Pritchard alongside music by Elliott Carter, whose hundredth birthday was being celebrated. Many subsequent performances at the festival have included the complete set of Micropus pieces for piano played by Ian Pace (2013), and Evolution (2014) by the London Sinfonietta, and several other works.
  • Quadriga Bassoon Quartet commissioned and performed Conflux on an international tour in Germany (Berlin BKA Theater, Rheinsberg, Zepernick) and Switzerland (Aarau, Basel, Bern, Biel, Winterthur & Zürich).
  • Several performances of pieces given in Berlin, Ljubljana, London, Salzburg and Weimar.
  • Portrait CD released on the Sargasso label.
  • Harmonie Musik commissioned and performed by the wind orchestra ‘ereprijs’ in Arnhem and other Dutch cities (2009).
  • First performance in mainland China: Capricio Inquieto performed by leading oboist Peter Veale in the Beijing Conservatorium (2009).
  • Irmgard Messin (flute) performs Intermezzo in Salzburg (2009), repeating it many times thereafter and recording it for CD.
  • Ricorrenza for solo cello commissioned by Italian ‘cellist Giovani Ricciardi (2009).
  • Contract signed with current principal publisher: Verlag Neue Musik, Berlin (2010).
  • In the Silence of Turned Earth for soprano, solo violin and string orchestra commissioned by the Festival of Bulgarian Culture, and performed in Sofia and London by The Sofia Soloists (2010).
  • Two portrait concerts given in Salzburg by The Austrian Ensemble for New Music (oenm). Several pieces performed included Res, composed for the occasion, also performed by them at the international festival Wien Modern (2011).
  • Tour to South Korea included performance of Kommos, commissioned for the Daegu Festival of Contemporary Music for Ensemble Eclat. Also gave lectures (see below under Lectures) (2011).
  • Nightfall commissioned and performed by ensemble Ex Novo, Venice (2011). Further performances by ’oenm’ (Salzburg and London) and FLAME (Florence), Ensemble ö (Chur).
  • Italian publishers Sconfinarte commission and publish Novelette for solo violin, and Pour le Musicien de Saint-Merry for solo flute, in the first two volumes of a projected series for different instruments, under the title Music Without Borders (2011).
  • Performance of Epyllion; the first time included in the festival Klangwerkstatt, Berlin (2011).
  • Elizaveta Birjukova (flute) performed Intermezzo in Dresden and Leipzig. CD recording (2011).
  • Wrote music for performance with the classic animated film Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (concert piece, not ‘film music’). Performed by Ensemble Marges, along with screenings, in Weimar and Florence (2012)
  • Capriccio Fluido premièred in Cologne. Concert by Ensemble musikFabrik, Peter Veale, oboe (2012).
  • Pour le Musicien de Saint-Merry for solo flute performed by Andrea Ceccomori in Rome and at Kings Place, London (2013).
  • Members of Ensemble ö! performed Song for Icarus in Basel and Chur, beginning an ongoing association with the ensemble (2014).
  • Composed Evolution for The London Sinfonietta, and Three Songs of Mass and Motion (own text) for artists from Berlin. Both works performed at London Ear (2014).
  • Tide composed for prize-wining pianist Jenna Sung, and performed by her in London’s Wigmore Hall, and subsequently performed and broadcast by her in Poland and S Korea (2014).
  • Forse me stai chiamando for soprano and cello toured in the State of Thuringia, Germany, with the addition of a dancer (2014).
  • Colouring In for quintet commissioned by Black Pencil from Amsterdam; première at the BKA Theater, Berlin; then in Weimar (2015). Their CD of this piece due for release in 2018.
  • The Florence based ensemble FLAME performed Features and Formations and Intermezzo in The Warehouse, London, in the festival ‘Between the (Y)Ears’ (2015).
  • Swiss percussion ensemble Decibells XXL commissioned and performed Earthcrust in Hagenthal-le-Bas, France, and later at London Ear Festival (2016).
  • Portrait concert, including five works, given by Ensemble ö! in Theater Chur, Chur, Switzerland (2016).
  • Catfish in Autumn commissioned by the Swiss duo Christine Simolka (sop.) & René Wohlhauser (bar.). Text by Pritchard. Première in Musikakademie, Basel; further performances in Stuttgart, Paris, London, Berlin, Rheinsberg, Bremen, Schlitz & Baden-Baden (2016).
  • Music for Double bass and Harp included in the Tanglewood Music Festival, USA (2016).
  • …what’s it all about for voice and electronics composed as contribution to Alwynne Pritchard’s Dog/God project, alongside other specially commissioned works by Globokar, Oerhing, Reinholdsten and others. Performances have included Bergen, Norway; Pryamidale Festival, Berlin; Suona Contemporanea, Florence and others (2016).
  • Awarded a grant by PRS Foundation Composers’ Fund to support the commission received from the festival Weimarar Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössishce Musik for the orchestral work: Forest (2017).Prior to CD recording, Amsterdam ensemble Black Pencil perform Colouring In in Aarborg, Denmark (2017).
  • 2018: Seventieth birthday year. Celebratory events included:
    • Performance of specially commissioned orchestral work Forest, by the Jenaer Philharmonie under Markus Frank, at the Weimarar Frühjahrstage
    • Three performances in Germany by Ensemble Crush of the specially commissioned Realms Apart, at Essen, Cologne and Duisburg.
    • Other performances in Germany took place in Bonn, Berlin, Cologne, Erfurt and Mannheim.
    • Other significant performances took place in Bergen, Daegu (S Korea), Basel and Chur.
    • Concerts in London included an extensive portrait concert at the Warehouse given by Uroboros Ensemble, and at City University by the City Pierrot Ensemble and Ian Pace (piano).
    • Short residency at Grieg Academy, Bergen, Norway: performances, lectures, teaching.
  • Bagatelle for piano composed in 2018, for Susanne Kessel, a contribution to the Beethoven 250th anniversary celebrations in Bonn. Premiere 2019.
  • Featured composer at the NeoArte Festival in Gdansk, Poland. Portrait concert included the new String Quartet no 2 and several other works (2019).
  • Several piano works performed by pianist Moritz Ernst on a tour in Germany, including Chemnitz, Dresden, Leipzig, and Berlin (2019)
  • Activities during 2020 & 2021 – the years of the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Compositions included Two Movements for Accordion, commissioned by Ukrainian accordionist Roman Yusipey,and Two Cholale Preludes for organ, composed as part of a project based in Berlin to complete (in contemporary style) Bach’s unfinished plans for his Orgelbüchlein.
  • Several early works (mostly pre 2000) revised or edited and subsequently published be Verlag Neue Musik, Berlin.
  • Performances in this period, including a number of live streamed events, took place in Germany: Berlin (BKA Theater, twice), Zepernick Randspiele Festival, Leipzig, Potsdam, Duisburg; in Switzerland: Zurich, Basel, Chur, Swiss Radio; in Sweden: Malmö.
  • Arna, Norway 2021 – Directed workshops, involving research active staff members of the University of Bergen, on strategies for controlled improvisation. The outcomes will be part of a piece being commissioned for performance in 2023(?)


Other activities, since 2010

  • 2012: In exercises to evaluate research at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, prior to submission to REF 2014 and 2021, outputs have been deemed ‘outstanding and ‘exemplary’, with many pieces being assigned four stars and none less than three.  In consequence, in 2014 an offer of a fractional post (0.4) was made and accepted.  Current research interests continue the projects defined by the REF outputs, relating to methods for the generation of material, and the development of forms.  The Conservatoire offered conferment of title of Professor in 2017, which was accepted.

Competition Juries

  • 2008-2022: Regularly a member of the jury for the Composers’ Competition of the Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössische Musik, Weimar, Germany
  • 2013- 2018: Member of the jury for the London Ear Festival Composers’ Competition.
  • 2017: Member of the jury for the London Music Society Composers’ Competition.


Lectures and presentation

  • 2010: University of Leeds, Department of Music. Lecture on aesthetic and compositional practice of own music.
  • 2010: On tour in S Korea, lectured on own works and on British music at the Ewha Women’s University in Seoul and gave the Festival Lecture at the in Daegu Festival of Contemporary Music.
  • 2016: As a ‘keynote speaker’, gave a presentation on Numerical Compositional Strategies at University of Bergen, Norway, as part of their ‘Wheels in Wheels’ research project.
  • 2018: Lecture for the Grieg Academy Department of Music, University of Bergen, Norway on ‘Use of Permutations in Musical Composition’