Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Edmund Hunt appointed RPS/Wigmore Hall apprentice composer 2018

10:36, 9th February 2018

Edmund Hunt has been appointed as the Royal Philharmonic Society/Wigmore Hall apprentice composer for 2018.

He wins a £2,000 RPS commission for the Diphonon Duo (viola and accordion) to be performed at Wigmore Hall on 12 June 2018, and will receive mentoring from Wigmore Hall’s composer in residence, Helen Grime.

He will also have opportunities to attend rehearsals and performances as part of the Wigmore Hall Contemporary Music Series throughout 2018, and have the chance to take participate in and observe Wigmore Hall Learning workshops and events, working alongside Grime and other experienced composers and workshop leaders.

Hunt originally studied languages at university and only began to compose in his twenties. Now aged 35, he recently completed a PhD in composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire exploring early medieval literature of northern Europe through the creation of vocal, instrumental and electronic works. His work has been played in the UK and abroad by ensembles including Psappha, the Royal Northern Sinfonia and CoMA, and he was selected for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Leverhulme Young Composers’ programme in 2014.

Helen Grime said: ‘Edmund Hunt has come to composing comparatively late, and his previous studies and interest in medieval literature are finding powerful voice in his music. I’m looking forward to working alongside and exchanging ideas with him in 2018, and to seeing what direction his work will take over the course of the year.’

The RPS has announced that, with the support of an anonymous donor, it will support the RPS/Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer scheme for the next five years.



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