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Edmund Hunt is a British composer (b. 1982). His work has been played in the UK and abroad by ensembles including Psappha, The Royal Northern Sinfonia, Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, CHROMA, BCMG, ICARUS Vocal Ensemble, The Curious Chamber Players and CoMA (Contemporary Music for All).

Edmund has an MA from the University of Cambridge and an MMus from Newcastle University. He has recently completed a PhD in composition at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he studies with Edwin Roxburgh, Joe Cutler and Simon Hall.

Much of Edmund’s music is inspired by the early mediaeval 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.

Awards include the Birmingham Conservatoire Orchestral Composition Prize (2011), the Harry Gray Memorial Composition Prize (2009) and the Alexandra Dacre Music Prize (2003 and 2004). He has been awarded scholarships to attend composition summer schools including the St Magnus Composers’ Course (Orkney) in 2009 and the ICon Arts Academy (Romania) in 2012. 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'. In 2014-15, he attended the Jerwood Opera Writing Foundation course at Aldeburgh.

photography © Alan Wildsmith-Towle

'Ancient Texts - Contemporary Voices?' at Sound Agendas Conference, 2018

On the 28th of April 2018, I will present a paper drawing on my doctoral research at CeNMaS, University of Sheffield.

PhD in Composition awarded by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

On the 27th of September, my composition portfolio and thesis, entitled 'The Difference Between Us: Using Early Medieval Northern European Texts in the Creation of a Work for Instrumental Ensemble, Voices and Electronics' was examined and passed with no corrections.

Composing For Flute and Clarinet - Psappha

Between October 2017 and March 2018, I will be participating in Psappha's 'Composing For...' scheme, creating a new work for flute and clarinet.

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