Ave Maria  for 8-part chorus

Composer:  Simon John Wilkins (s.a.), 2008         


This music is assumed to be under copyright protection in the USA



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Recording:  not available  
MIDI / Lyrics:  not available  
Score:   used to be available on SibeliusMusic.com (website no longer exists)

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This music is assumed to be under copyright protection in the USA

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Internet references, biography information.
Simon Wilkins began learning the cello in his first year at junior school aged seven. His interest in music grew from this time, and as well as taking piano lessons, Simon began to engage with music as an academic discipline. In 1999 he began taking lessons from Michael Mace, gaining his Diploma in 2005, and during his time as an undergraduate at Royal Holloway, University of London was taught by Ben Davies. He gained a 2:1 for the Bachelorís Degree in Music (BMus), including a First for the Special Study in Performance course, and as a result has decided to remain there to study for a Masterís degree. In addition to giving solo recitals, Simon performs with several ensembles at Royal Holloway, and with the University of London Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2008 he participated in a highly successful visit to Hong Kong with this orchestra, joined by world-renowned young soloists Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich. Simon has also worked with Guy Johnston, Julian Lloyd Webber, Victoria Mullova and the Barbican Piano Trio. Between 2001 and 2006 he played with Southampton Youth Orchestra, leading his section in the final year and touring venues in Europe and the United States, including Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Liszt Academy in Budapest. In 2005 he was fortunate enough to join other young musicians from around the country on a course organised by the BBC Proms and contemporary music ensemble Between the Notes, which culminated in a Proms performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins, broadcast on BBC Four and Radio 3. When not engaged in musical activities Simon enjoys long walks, cooking explosively hot curries, and trying to remember where he left the teapot. He plays on a Goulding instrument made by Thomas Kennedy dating from the early nineteenth century.

Although primarily a performer, Simon has always held an interest in composition. an since his time at sixth-form college he has steadily progressed both in technical competence and in finding an individual voice. In 2006, Simon entered Royal Holloway, University of London as an undergraduate and took composition lessons with Brian Lock and Larry Goves. As a Masters student at the same institution Simon now learns with Mark Bowden, a rising figure and member of the Camberwell Composer's Collective.

Compositional style and influences
Simon draws from a wide range of influences ranging from medieval polyphony to gamelan music. However, his primary influence is the music of twentieth-century and contemporary composers such as Stravinsky, Britten, Sibelius, MacMillan, Bartok and Ligeti. His compositional style varies somewhat depending on the forces of the composition. but in general leans towards a highly chromatic modality coupled with the use of counterpoint. Simon's musical philosophy is to write music that is accessible and acknowledges the art music of history, whilst still being innovative, expressive and modern. The majority of his output up to the current time consists of choral music and several chamber pieces for a variety of instruments both alone and in small ensembles. However, Simon intends to write orchestral pieces and larger scale compositions in the near future. He also takes a keen interest in the art of orchestration, both of his own and others' music, particularly the organ works of J.S. Bach.

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