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MARTIN BUSSEY

Martin Bussey combines the roles of composer and conductor.

He currently directs the Chester Bach Singers, Cantiones Choir in Oswestry, and is a vocal tutor at Manchester University.


He is Chairman of the Finzi Friends and a director of Ludlow English Song.

Scores of his music are available from www.composersedition.com.

Martin’s newest work, Timeless Figure premiered in the 2020 Tete-a-tete opera festival. This 40-minute work for rising baritone Peter Edge, is an audio-visual collaboration with photographer Laurel Turton inspired by the clockmakers Joyce of Whitchurch. It explores changing perceptions of Time, asking the question: can Time stand still?

Currently Martin is working on a commission for the Pinner Festival in 2021. A Brother Abroad, composed to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the foundation of Pinner Parish Church explores the spiritual and political tensions in the life of Peter of Corbavia, the bishop who consecrated the church in 1321.


Mary’s Hand, a one-woman show created with Di Sherlock and mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin, premiered at Tete-a-tete in the summer of 2018 to great critical acclaim.

Future performances of the work into 2021 include Aldeburgh Parish Church and two performances at The Tower of London.

The BBC broadcasts Martin's songs regularly from the Ludlow English Song Weekend.

Martin was a Choral Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge after which he studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music.

He ran the aural, academic music and choral programmes at Chetham’s School of Music, where he taught from 1988 to 2013.