Aidan Marsden

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Percussion

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Staffordshire-born percussionist Aidan Marsden graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2018, having studied under Simone Rebello, Ian Wright, Liz Gilliver, Paul Patrick and Dave Hassell. Aidan is currently pursuing postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying on the Orchestral Artistry specialism in collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra, and will be supported by Help Musicians UK in 2019/2020.
Whilst at the RNCM, Aidan performed regularly with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra as either timpanist or principal percussionist, most notably at the 2017 Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano, and in a March 2018 performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique in its premiere venue alongside Paris Conservatoire students. Throughout 2016-17, Aidan progressed through the Hallé Orchestra’s Professional Experience Scheme, leading to two appearances with the orchestra in Lichfield and Manchester.
Aidan is a keen chamber musician, and in 2015 collaborated with composer Emily Howard to perform her Ada Sketches in London, Oxford and Manchester. A performance of Howard’s Orbit 1a with saxophonist Gillian Blair was broadcast for the 2016 BBC Radio 3 Proms Extra series, and Aidan also performed Jeffrey Mumford’s Echoes from Within Brightening Fabric for harp and percussion for Radio 3’s In Tune that October. Aidan was also part of the winning ensemble for the China National Youth Percussion Competition in July 2018.
As a soloist, Aidan gave the Chinese premiere of Benjamin Finley's solo marimba work The Ghosts of Bonneville in July 2018 after bringing the work to the UK that May. Additionally, Aidan is particularly keen to expand the repertoire for the glockenspiel, following a solo recital dedicated to the instrument at the RNCM in which all works received UK premieres. Aidan is currently preparing a recital of new works for glockenspiel and voice alongside mezzo-soprano Rosie Middleton, as part of the London Culture Mile Festival in June 2019.