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Oliver Rudland, one of the foremost composers of his generation, is known particularly for his operas. Born in West Yorkshire in 1983, he studied first as a Foundation Scholar at London's Royal College of Music, and then at Cambridge University, where he currently teaches.
His violin sonata, Velvet Storm, was commissioned by Amelia Jones for the Cheltenham International Music Festival in 2004. The Nightingale and the Rose, Rudland's first opera, received its premiere at the Royal College of Music, and was then staged at the Carriageworks Theatre for four nights by Leeds Youth Opera in July 2008. Choral works have been performed by The Pinnacle Ensemble, Gonville and Caius College Chapel Choir, and the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir.
More recently, Rudland's works have begun to attract international attention. His new song-cycle for baritone and piano quintet, Yorkshire Songs, and Blessing, a work for marimba sextet, have been warmly received in the United States, with the latter soon to be commercially recorded.
As a producer, Oliver has been steadily gaining a reputation for organising highly professional performances. He recently staged a production of his new children's opera, The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, based on the classic story by Jill Tomlinson, which received very positive reviews from audiences and critics alike.
Further information: www.oliverrudland.co.uk
Ensemble. Exciting Sonorities - Oliver Rudland's 'The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark', enjoyed by Robert Anderson and a six-year-old friend
Ensemble. A very happy occasion - A promotional recording of Oliver Rudland's 'The Conquests of Zeus', heard by Robert Anderson
Ensemble. A New Path - Music by Oliver Rudland, heard by Robert Anderson
Ensemble. Satisfying the Quest - 'The Nightingale and the Rose' by Oliver Rudland, reviewed by Robert Anderson