William Marsey

Award: Develop Your Skills (Transmission)

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: London

Website: www.wmarsey.com

William Marsey (b. 1989) is a London-based composer. He is interested in the patterning in music, his work drawing on minimalism, contrapuntal traditions and the harmonies of Lutheran church music. He is influenced by the music of Ligeti, Gerald Barry and Tallis, and often works with contemporary poetry and found texts, taking inspiration from poets such as Luke Kennard, Kirill Medvedev and Sam Riviere.

Recent and future projects include a 40-minute cycle for choir on a text by Ocean Vuong, as part of Eo Nomine’s Aldeburgh Music Open Space Residency, Goliath, a chamber opera adaptation of Tom Gauld’s graphic novel, and Mill, for six piano ensemble Grand Band at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. He has also recently worked with CHROMA, Zoë Martlew, Joby Burgess and the Albion Quartet.

He is a founder and artistic director of Listenpony, a concert series, commissioning body, and record label for new and old and pop music. Since 2012, Listenpony has produced 15 concerts, 3 commercial recordings, and has commissioned over 50 early career composers, working with classical artists including the Albion Quartet and Liam Byrne and pop artists We Were Evergreen and Mara Carlyle.