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Prelude, Fugue and Riffs

I took part in the final part of the International Composer Pyramid Competition this weekend. I didn’t win but I was voted best piece by the audiences in both Canterbury and Boulogne-sur-Mer, as well as the musicians who played the piece. I was very pleased with this vote of confidence and with how the musicians, conducted by Mark Foster, approached my music. Many thanks to them. The following is the recording from the French gig…

ICP Performances, Canterbury (8th December) and Boulogne-sur-Mer (9th December)

I am in Canterbury at the moment for rehearsals for the International Composer Pyramid Competition 2012. My piece, Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, sounded pretty good in rehearsal this morning! Mark Foster is conducting the ICP Ensemble. The first performance is Saturday 8th December at 3pm in St Augustine’s Hall, Canterbury, and the second in Boulogne-sur-Mer on Sunday also at 3pm…

ICP 2011

At the weekend I was selected by an international jury as one of three prize winners in the International Composer Pyramid 2011. I am very honoured to therefore move through to the final phase of the competition, organised by Sounds New and Coups de Vent, to be held in 2012.

Here is a recording of my piece played by the ICP Ensemble, conducted by the masterful French conductor Philippe Nahon. He did an absolutely fantastic job with the ensemble, which is formed of British musicians from the Ossian Ensemble (director Darren Bloom) and players from Coups de Vent.

Momentum by ben_oliver_music

I should have more news soon about performances that will arise from being selected as a prize winner.

Aarhus Sinfonietta at Sounds New, Tuesday 24th May

The Århus Sinfonietta are performing my ICP winning work Smash and Grab at the ‘Sounds New’ festival in Canterbury. The concert is being recorded for BBC Radio 3. The concert is taking place at Augustine House in Canterbury at 7.30, you can download the poster here. This is an exciting performance for me – I can’t wait to hear what this amazing ensemble do with the work!


I’m pleased to say I was chosen as one of two winners of the ‘International Composers Pyramid’ on Saturday for my piece Smash and Grab.  The jury panel were Paul Patterson and Rolf Hind for the UK and Philippe Boivin and Philippe Hurel for France.  I’m very excited to have been chosen and look forward to the various opportunities it will lead to – watch this space for what they are!!


I’m currently working on a new piece for the ICP ensemble as part of the ‘International Composer Pyramid’ run by Sounds New and Coups de Vents.  I had a good weekend in Canterbury a few weeks ago where we had some interesting panel discussions, instrument sessions and sessions with our composition mentors, mine being Edwin Roxburgh.  I’m working hard on the piece and looking forward to our next weekend meeting in France in September!