Owain Park

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: London

Website: owainpark.co.uk

“Exciting, inventive, vibrant” – MusicWeb International

Owain Park was born in Bristol in 1993. His compositions are published by Novello, and have been performed internationally by ensembles including the Tallis Scholars and the Aurora Orchestra. While at Cambridge University he studied orchestration with John Rutter, before undertaking a Masters degree in composition.

Recent works include ‘Antiphon for the Angels’ for VOCES8 and Rachel Podger, ‘Battle Cry’ for Helen Charlston and City Music Foundation, and ’Footsteps’ for Tenebrae and Nigel Short. Owain’s compositions have won awards from organisations including the National Centre for Early Music, and his music has been broadcast on the BBC, Classic FM, Scala Radio and internationally. His chamber opera The Snow Child was performed over five nights at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Under Stephen Layton, The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge recorded an album of his compositions which was nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Awards in 2019. The Epiphoni Consort released an album of his secular choral works titled ‘When Love speaks’ in June 2020.

As a conductor, he maintains a busy schedule of projects with ensembles including the BBC Singers, the Academy of Ancient Music, Cappella Cracoviensis, and Cambridge Chorale. His own vocal consort, The Gesualdo Six, tour extensively around the world and have been lauded for their interpretation of renaissance and contemporary music.

Owain is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO), and was awarded the Dixon Prize for improvisation, having been Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral and Trinity College Cambridge.

He was a Tenebrae Associate Artist for two seasons, and has worked with ensembles including The Sixteen, Gabrieli Consort, and Polyphony. www.owainpark.co.uk

The support from Help Musicians will help me to engage professional musicians in virtual performances of contemporary works.

The first stage is to release new high-quality videos of pieces that I have composed. Then, I will organise a 'call for scores' for young composers, with four selected to receive composition tutorial and a recording of their finished work.

Hearing musicians come together to perform compositions inspired me to write more, and I hope that this will be a useful resource for these young composers going forward, particularly when in-person gatherings are more difficult to organise.