an exceptional and absorbing pleasure
The Guardian, on Heartland

a richly allusive work of considerable scope and ambition
Seen and Heard International, on Lyra

powerfully dramatic
BBC Radio 3, on Sudden Light

mind-blowing, cosmic-consciousness expanding, and explosively ambitious contemporary cantata that meditates upon the origins of all things
The Guardian, on A Violence of Gifts

Mark Bowden is a British composer. His music has been described as ‘an exceptional and absorbing pleasure’ [Guardian], ‘haunting’ [Financial Times], ‘conjuring up magic and mystery’ [Opera], ‘beautifully evocative’ [Wales Arts Review], ‘nimbly choreographic’ [Birmingham Post], ‘dark, pregnant, turbulent, sparkling and brooding’ [Bachtrack], ‘quietly virtuosic’ [Herald], ‘invigorating’ [Times], and ‘powerfully dramatic’ [BBC Radio 3].

an exceptional and absorbing pleasure
The Guardian, on Heartland

a richly allusive work of considerable scope and ambition
Seen and Heard International, on Lyra

powerfully dramatic
BBC Radio 3, on Sudden Light

mind-blowing, cosmic-consciousness expanding, and explosively ambitious contemporary cantata that meditates upon the origins of all things
The Guardian, on A Violence of Gifts

Selected works

A Violence of Gifts soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra
Five Memos violin & piano
We Have Found a Better Land SATB chorus
Channel Rose soprano saxophone & vibraphone
Beldam solo percussion
Heartland solo percussion & orchestra
Parable solo saxophone
Lyra solo cello & orchestra
Lines Written a Few Miles Below for solo violin & track
Airs No Oceans Keep piano trio
Tirlun orchestra
The Dawn Halts chamber ensemble or chamber orchestra
Sudden Light orchestra