Nathan James Dearden

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2018

Genre: Contemporary Classical

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: South East


Nathan James Dearden is a composer and conductor, whose music has been commissioned, performed, featured and workshopped by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tippett Quartet, Genesis Sixteen, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Orchestra of Wales, The Heath Quartet, Grand Band, the Fidelio Trio, CHROMA ensemble, Carla Rees and The Dunedin Consort. His music regularly features in concerts across the UK and overseas, including at the Cheltenham Music Festival, Dartington International Summer School and Festival, International Young Composers' Meeting and Vale of Glamorgan Festival of Music. 

Recent notable performances include 'i sleep alone' at Nagoya University/Japan (Jeremy Huw Williams; Paula Fan), 'franz' at City of London Guildhall (London Philharmonic Orchestra), 'johannes' at World Saxophone Congress Zagreb 2018 Place (Tenor Saxophone Collective) and '... yng nghrog ar gangau'r helyg draw.', co-commission with Tŷ Cerdd (Cantemus Chamber Choir; Huw Williams).

Upcoming projects include a song-cycle collaboration with composer and pianist Michael Finnissy, a new work for The Berkeley Ensemble as part of Tŷ Cerdd’s CoDI Chamber, plus a new work for the Swansea Philharmonic Choir as part of Making Music UK’s Adopt-a-Composer Scheme. 

Based in South East England, Nathan is currently Performance Manager, Visiting Tutor in Music Composition, Conductor of the New Voices Consort and New Music Collective and Postgraduate Research Scholar at Royal Holloway, University of London.