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Nathan James Dearden

Described by Media Wales as ‘a champion of his generation’, Nathan James Dearden, born 1992, is an award-winning composer of concert music and mixed media, and a conductor and educator. His works have been featured by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Berkeley Ensemble, Carla Rees, CHROMA, the Dunedin Consort, the Fidelio Trio, Genesis Sixteen, Grand Band, the Heath Quartet, the Hebrides Ensemble, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tippett Quartet. Regularly broadcast on regional and national networks, his music has also been heard at the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Dartington International Summer School and Festival, the International Young Composers’ Meeting, the CROSSROADS International Contemporary Music Festival, Salzburg, and the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.

Nathan was the inaugural Young Composer-in-Residence with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, and recipient of an Early Career Public Engagement Grant from the Institute of Musical Research, a London Philharmonic Orchestra Leverhulme Arts Scholarship for the 2016–2017 season, and the first Paul Mealor Award for Outstanding Young Composers. More recent distinctions include the 2020 Acapela Studio Award from the Welsh Music Guild, to record and promote the music of exceptional Welsh composers, and selection as one of the four featured composers in the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain’s 2019–2020 Young Composers’ Scheme.

As a conductor, Nathan is carving a career as one of the most sought-after interpreters of his generation for the performance of twentieth- and twenty-first-century repertoire, having held posts and guest conductorships with the Cardiff Contemporary Music Group, Cardiff University, CHROMA, London Metropolitan University, the National Youth Choir of Wales and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. He is a postgraduate research scholar and Visiting Lecturer in Music Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is also Performance Manager, conductor of the New Voices Consort and New Music Collective.

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