Judith Bingham: Beyond Borders
The National Youth Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Ulster Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Ireland
July- August 2012
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Between 2011 and 2013 each individual orchestra is committed to performing Celticity, giving over 400 young musicians the opportunity to perform new music and a target audience of over 7000 the opportunity to enjoy new music, performed at the extremely high level each National Youth Orchestra is renowned for.
Born in Nottingham in 1952, Judith Bingham began composing as a small child, and then studied composing and singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She was awarded the Principal’s prize in 1971, and 6 years later the BBC Young Composer award. Recent composition prizes include: the Barlow Prize for a cappella music in 2004, two British Composer Awards in 2004 (choral and liturgical) one in 2006 (choral) and the instrumental award in 2008.
Judith Bingham was a member of the BBC Singers for many years, and their ‘Composer in Association’ between 2004 and 2009. Although Bingham’s output is marked by its choral works, she has always been seen as an all-rounder. Recent commissions include Shakespeare Requiem for Leeds Festival Chorus and the BBC Philharmonic, a solo timpani piece and church music for St. Paul’s Cathedral, Wells Cathedral and St. Bride’s Fleet Street.