Ave Maria for 8-part chorus
Composer: Simon John Wilkins (s.a.), 2008
MIDI-MP3 provided by composer Simon Wilkins. Thank you.
|Recording: not available
|MIDI / Lyrics: not available
|Score: used to be
available on SibeliusMusic.com (website no longer exists)
|Posted on YouTube: Not available at
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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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