Composition and Performance
Professor Stephen Goss's music receives hundreds of performances worldwide each year and has been recorded on over 60 CDs by more than a dozen record labels, including EMI, Decca, Telarc, Virgin Classics, Naxos, and Deutsche Grammophon. His varied output includes orchestral and choral works, chamber music, and solo pieces. Recent work includes several projects with the guitarist John Williams, who has recorded and toured Steve’s Guitar Concerto (2012) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Steve has also just collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber, arranging his music for guitar. As composer-in-residence for the Orpheus Sinfonia, Steve wrote the Piano Concerto (2013) and the Concerto for Five (2013). Steve has also had his music performed by The Russian National Orchestra, The China National Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Steve’s Albéniz Concerto (2009) for guitar and orchestra was released to great critical acclaim on EMI Classics in 2010. Other commissions have come from guitarists David Russell, Miloš Karadaglić and several from Xuefei Yang, including chamber works with Natalie Clein and Ian Bostridge. As a guitarist, Steve has worked with Takemitsu, Henze, Peter Maxwell Davies and Elliott Carter and toured and recorded extensively with the Tetra Guitar Quartet, various other ensembles and as a soloist.
Steve is Professor of Composition and Director of the International Guitar Research Centre.
Dr Matthew Sansom is composer and artist in the area of electronic music production and sound design, his work covers a broad range from beat-based electronica to installation pieces. Recent works, in contrast to his groove-based output, have explored a more direct and transparent use of sound sources (e.g. football crowds, radio broadcasts, factory sounds, location recordings). Having originally trained as a saxophonist, live performance remains an important activity for Matthew. Work in this area explores combinations of improvisation, DJ and studio skills, and live electronics. Collaborative projects with artists from the visual arts, dance and theatre are central to Matthew’s practice. His work has been performed internationally, including the Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), Korean Institute of Culture (Seoul), and t-u-b-egalerie für radiophone kunst installationen und audio-performances (Munich). Areas of theoretical interest include musical meaning and identity, and their the relationship with technology and culture.
Dr Tom Armstrong's work has been performed by leading ensembles including the Endymion Ensemble, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the New Music Players, Psappha, the Composer’s Ensemble, [rout], Trillium brass quartet and Gemini. Radio 3 broadcasts have included performances by the BBC Philharmonic and the pianist Andrew Ball. In 2007 his evening length, multi-media work, Black Maria, was staged at Sadlers Wells. Tom has recently been commissioned by the Crossness Engines Trust to write a large-scale work for choir and concert band; receiving its premiere in 2010 the new piece will involve musicians from across South East London.
Conductor Russell Keable has established a reputation as one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile musicians. He performs with orchestras and choirs throughout the British Isles including the London Mozart Players, Manchester Camerata, Northern Ballet Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Viva and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a regular guest conductor for the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, has conducted in Prague and Paris (concerts filmed by French and British television) and recently made a highly-praised début with the George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest. His regular performing partners include many leading national and international soloists (including Steven Isserlis, Tasmin Little, Nikolai Demidenko, John Lill and Nicholas Daniel).