Edmund Hunt is a British composer. His work has been performed by ensembles including Psappha, The Royal Northern Sinfonia, CHROMA, BCMG, ICARUS Vocal Ensemble, The Curious Chamber Players and CoMA (Contemporary Music for All). In January 2019, his choral work 'Vita Hominum' (composed for the Adopt A Composer scheme and performed by The Singers) was given a 25 minute feature on BBC Radio 3. In 2014, he was selected for the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Leverhulme Young Composers' programme. His composition 'Argatnél' was performed by the LPO in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, and was reviewed in the Telegraph as 'the most delicately beautiful piece of the evening'.

Edmund has an MA from the University of Cambridge and an MMus from Newcastle University. In 2018 he was awarded a PhD in composition from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he studied with Edwin Roxburgh, Joe Cutler, and Simon Hall. In 2018 he became a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Arts, Design and Media at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University. As a practice-based researcher at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's Integra Lab, Edmund's work focuses on composition, language, text and electronics.

Much of Edmund’s music is inspired by the early medieval literature of northern Europe, and his PhD explored this area through the creation of vocal, instrumental and electronic works. Although he often uses early texts, his approach is innovative and contemporary.

Current projects include a new work for string quartet, dance and live electronics, for Sound and Music's New Voices scheme, and a new work for dancers and ensemble as part of the Cohan Collective.

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photography © Alan Wildsmith-Towle


Journeys Across the Midlands

In 2019, members of Royal Birmingham Conseravtoire's Integra Lab worked with researchers from China to organise the Longyou Grottoes International Festival (China). Drawing on the unique acoustics of the venue, I composed 'The Lament of the Last Survivor' for narrator and electronics. This piece was premiered in cave no. 2.

Royal Musical Association TiMP (Technology in Musical Performance) Study Group and Symposium

Working with colleagues from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and further afield, we founded the TiMP Study Group in the autumn of 2019. A selection of presentations from the inaugural symposium can now be viewed on the website timp.integra.io

'Adopt a Composer' project with The Singers and BBC Radio 3 Feature

'Vita Hominum', written for Newcastle based choir The Singers, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at around 21.15 on Tuesday the 8th of January 2019. The piece can be heard on Making Music's SoundCloud site, here. There were further performances at Durham Cathedral, St Giles' Cathedral (Edinburgh), Holy Trinity Church (Coventry), and Coventry Cathedral.

More information about Adopt A Composer, including a series of blog posts, can be found on the Making Music website:
Adopt a Composer is run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music, in association with BBC Radio 3, and funded by PRS Foundation and the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust.

Sound and Music - New Voices 2018–19

Since 2018, I have been working oin a new composition project with the support of Sound and Music. Read the Sound and Music press release for new Voices 2018.

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