The Composers’ Fund: Gary Carpenter
Gary Carpenter studied composition under John Lambert at the Royal College of Music. He has lived in Holland and Germany and has written four operas, five musicals and a radio music drama–The One Alone–with Dame Iris Murdoch as well as animated and live action film scores, several ballets (mainly for Nederlands Dans Theater) and a large amount of concert music including a Horn Concerto for Stephen Stirling and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sonatinas (a concerto for alto saxophone and chamber orchestra) for Christian Forshaw and Ensemble 10:10.
He has been musical director and/or arranger-orchestrator on many films including The Wicker Man (1973) and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. His Van Assendelft’s Vermeer for clavichord won the British Clavichord Society Composition Competition (2004) and was shortlisted for a British Composer Award (2005), whilst his Azaleas for harp, violin and cello received a Victor Salvi Award in Venice (2004) and won the British Composer Award (2006) in the chamber category. He has also won prizes in Monaco and Vienna and received bursaries and awards from the Arts Council and the Holst and Gulbenkian Foundations.
Gary is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Director of BASCA. He holds a Personal Chair at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) where he is a Fellow (FRNCM) and is a professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music (London) of which he is an Honorary Member (HonRAM).
The Composers’ Fund will support the recording and release of a portrait orchestral CD with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.