Philip Grange

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Phiip Grange


Philip Grange (b. 17 November 1956, London) is an English composer and educator.

He attended Peter Maxwell Davies’s classes at Dartington, and then took further, private, lessons with Davies while at The University of York, where he also studied composition with David Blake.

He was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge (1985–7), and Northern Arts Fellow in Composition at Durham University (1988–9) before joining the music department at Exeter University as lecturer (1989), reader (1995) and professor (1999) in composition. In 2000 he moved to the University of Manchester, where he is currently Professor of Composition and Head of Music at the University of Manchester.

Grange's first published pieces date from the late 1970s, and include Cimmerian Nocturne (1979), which was commissioned by The Fires of London, and included a performance under director Peter Maxwell Davies at the 1983 Proms as well as performances in Britain and abroad. Other early works include The Kingdom of Bones for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, (1983), Variations (1988) and Concerto for Orchestra: Labyrinthine Images (1988)

During the early 1990s Grange completed two BBC commissions, Focus and Fade for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which performed the premiere at the Royal Festival Hall in 1992 conducted by Andrew Davis, and Lowry Dreamscape, which was premiered at the 1993 BBC Festival of Brass by the Sun Life Brass Band conducted by Roy Newsome. Grange has written works for Ensemble Gemini and Psappha, as well for the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain.

His works have been performed and broadcast throughout the world by many leading exponents of contemporary music, and he has been commissioned by or featured at such festivals as Aldeburgh, Augsburg (Germany), Bath, Bergen (Norway), Brighton, Huddersfield, Odense (Denmark), St Magnus and the BBC Proms. Recent commissions include the large-scale work Cloud Atlas and To the Borders of Sleep, premiered at the Purcell Room in January 2011.

In July 2009, the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain performed the world premiere of Cloud Atlas, a large-scale work based on the 2004 Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel by David Mitchell, at the 2009 Cheltenham Music Festival, conducted by Philip Scott.

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