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MARTIN BUSSEY

composer

 
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SEPTEMBER FOCUS

NEW PROJECT! ​A SHROPSHIRE LASS

September sees the start of a new collaboration with Holly Teague, Soprano and Michael Matthews, Guitar ​based on the poetry of Mary Webb

Watch Martin Bussey talk here about this new project exploring themes of Time, Love and Loss

​​Discover more about Mary Webb here


Watch Martin's other Time-focused theatre piece Timeless Figure  here

 
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THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL PREMIERE! 

PIANO MUSIC

July 30 2021 saw the premiere  of Floreat Coll. Reg. commissioned and performed by Matthew Schellhorn at Worcester Three Choirs Festival

Read what Matthew and Martin have to say about this new commission here 

Go to Composers Edition to view Martin's music for piano and organ including ​Floreat Coll Reg & links to other works.

Listen to Martin playing his piano music, including Shocklach Sketches here

 
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A BROTHER ABROAD

Pinner Festival premiere success

The first performance  of A Brother Abroad at Pinner Music Festival was deemed a resounding success by the festival organisers and an appreciative audience on June 12 2021.

The commission celebrated 700 years since the dedication of St John's, Pinner by Bishop Peter of Corbavia.

The Festival's Director says:

'The performance was a triumph, with the superb and finely crafted score being widely appreciated for the way it brought the person of Peter, his faith and his time to life.'


A Brother Abroad sets a vibrant and spiritually charged text by Anthony Pinching.

Click here to hear Martin and Anthony discuss the work.

The next performance is planned for Chester in 2022.

The score is available now from Composers Edition

Read more about the dynamic performers at the premiere by clicking on their names:

Marcus Farnsworth, baritone

Emma Halnan, flute

George Strivens french horn

Chris Brannick, percussion 

 
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TIMELESS FIGURE

The new collaboration with photographer Laurel Turton

'A 45-minute tour de force...imaginative writing for marimba, clarinet and viola...some striking textures...the vocal line being expressive and singer-friendly yet highly wrought.' - planethugill.com, 2020

 

Upcoming Events

  • Mary's Hand
    Thu, 01 Oct
    Tower of London date tbc 2021
    01 Oct 2020, 19:30
    Tower of London date tbc 2021, St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, UK
    "Elegant, thoughtful, current" - The Independent
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  • Mary's Hand
    Fri, 25 Sep
    Aldeburgh Parish Church date tbc 2021
    25 Sep 2020, 19:30
    Aldeburgh Parish Church date tbc 2021, Aldeburgh IP15 5DU
    "Elegant, thoughtful, current" - The Independent
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BEHIND THE COMPOSER

A life of music, words and gardens

Nourished by the borderlands of England and Wales

Creating music theatre, choral, vocal and instrumental music in a converted Methodist chapel

 

REVIEWS

The Independent

MARY'S HAND

The Independent
★★★★★

‘The outstanding Mary’s Hand’

The Stage

MARY'S HAND

The Stage
★★★★

'The writing is linear, finely wrought and daringly spare'

BBC Music Magazine

IN NO STRANGE LAND

BBC Music Magazine
★★★★

'This disc of choral works by contemporary composer Martin Bussey is glorious...Shimmering sound'

The Observer

THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY

The Observer
★★★

'An enthralling piece which makes a philosophical exploration of dreams and reality'

 

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