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Ed Scolding: Composer Bursary

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Music by Ed Scolding has been described as ‘explosive and powerful,’ ‘a beautiful long strand of colour,’ ‘succinct and witty’ and even ‘the perfect pudding to the menu.’

Interests include drama on stage, place, human stories and emotion. Ed is a keen collaborator and has worked with film students, animators, choreographers, directors and amateur and young performers to produce new work. Ed’s wide musical interests include jazz performance, music production and education.

During 2010-2011 Ed is completing MMus Composition studies with Philip Cashian at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), with support from a ‘Prince of Wales Advanced Music Award’ from Arts Council Wales, the ‘Ismena Holland Award’ from RAM, and a bursary from the Seary Charitable Trust. Additional teachers have included Lynne Plowman, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, James MacMillan, David Sawer and Pete Judge.

Living in London, Ed retains close links to Wales through his work for quadruple BAFTA Cymru award-winning composition company John Hardy Music and for MTW. In 2008 Ed graduated with First Class Honours from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where he produced the first joint concert of music by composers from RWCMD and Cardiff University.

During 2010-11 Ed is Composer in Residence for the multi-arts project ‘A Matter of Life and Death and Life’ for GCSE students at Saint Gregory’s Catholic College in Bath, and wider audiences. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, the project is based around the development of a public dance and music show created by pupils in response to their investigation into blood and organ donation and transplantation. In 2008-9 Ed was Composer in Residence for the similar project ‘Stem Cells – Reaching for the Sky.’

Ed’s music has been performed by Music Theatre Wales, members of London Sinfonietta, CoMA London, Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra and the Manson Ensemble. It has been performed at the Southbank Centre, Wales Millennium Centre, National Museum Cardiff, Duke’s Hall at RAM, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Bath Fringe Festival, St. Magnus Festival and Ashton Court Festival, in two workshops by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, on BBC Radio 3 and in the Vox Novus 60×60 project.

Ed’s vocal music has twice won the Barry Choral Society Composition Prize. Vocal works include Lost Love: Three Songs, commissioned by Julian Forbes and first performed at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Snowfall, written at St. Magnus Composers’ Course and Not Being Charles Frieth, created with librettist Bethan James in the Music Theatre Wales (MTW) ‘Make an Aria’ project.

Recent and current projects include pieces for Academy Symphonic Brass, Exaudi, Juice and the Manson Ensemble, a new opera scene with librettist Bethan James, and music for dance group Third Stage Dance.

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