PRS Foundation Beyond Borders grant

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Mark is thrilled to announce that the Berkeley Ensemble have been awarded a Beyond Borders touring grant from the PRS Foundation in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. The grant will enable the world premiere tour next spring of The Mare’s Tale, a ghostly music theatre work written by Mark & Damian Walford Davies and inspired by the artwork of Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Watch this space for tour details, further info here.

London Sinfonietta performance

The future of contemporary classical music is in good hands! The 10th London Sinfonietta Academy, which gives the next generation of extraordinary musicians the opportunity to train alongside world class players and conductors, perform a showcase concert at the Platform Theatre on Thursday 12th July with music from George Benjamin, Harrison Birtwistle, Deborah Pritchard and featuring Mark’s Channel Rose. Info and tickets here.

Three Interludes on BBC Radio 3

The world premiere recording of Mark’s new orchestral piece Three Interludes is currently available to listen to on BBC Radio 3 iPlayer performed by the wonderful B Tommy Andersson and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Click here to listen.

Five Memos

Mark’s Five Memos will be performed on Saturday 28th April as part of London Music Masters & London Contemporary Orchestra’s Classical Secret project. Hyeyoon Park and Roderick Chadwick will perform the work as part of an immersive musical experience. The performance will be split across two spaces in the intimate 1901 Arts Club using live programme notes and surprise performances in the bar. Info and tickets here.

Far to the Northward Lying

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Mark’s choral work Far to the Northward Lying will be performed by Cardiff University Contemporary Music Group at CoMA’s Festival of Contemporary Music for All on Friday 2nd March 2018. The Festival is taking place in Belgium, Ireland, Germany and the UK and celebrates participation in new music for musicians of all ages and abilities.

Further details and tickets here.

Lines Written a Few Miles Below at Time Unwrapped

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Thomas Gould performs Mark’s work for solo violin and track Lines Written a Few Miles Below as part of the King's Place Time Unwrapped season.

The concert is on 28th February and also features music by Michel van der Aa, Nico Muhly and Michael Gordon. Further info here.

New work for BBC National Orchestra of Wales

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates its 90th birthday in April 2018.

As part of the 90th anniversary celebrations at BBC Hoddinott Hall, the orchestra looks back at works that have been commissioned for BBC NOW over the years. The two concerts (21 February and 28 March) each feature music by former Composers-in-Residence.

Mark is currently writing a new set of short orchestral pieces, which will be premiered in the February concert. Watch this space for further info!

UK Commotion Festival in New York

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Five Memos for violin and piano will be performed at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York on Friday 12th January by Esther Noh and Jacob Rhodebeck of Lost Dog New Music Ensemble.

The concert kicks off a festival celebrating the contemporary music scene in the UK with music from Anna Meredith, Harrison Birtwistle, Helen Grime and Julian Anderson, amongst many other.

Garth Edwin Sunderland, artistic director of the festival, told Composers Edition ‘it was actually encountering Mark Bowden’s music on his NMC disc that got me thinking more about music from the UK. It’s actually quite rare to encounter UK composers on US new music programmes. That struck me as a strange blind spot, given how much cultural exchange there is otherwise between our two countries.’ Having discovered so much great music that’s either unknown or under-represented in the US, Lost Dog Ensemble wanted to do something that would bring these composers greater attention, which led to this festival. ’It’s our hope that the UK Commotion!’ will make some noise to help to raise the profiles of these incredibly diverse, talented, and creative UK composers.’

For further information and tickets visit

New work: The Breaking Wheel

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The Breaking Wheel, Mark’s new three-movement work for clarinet and piano, commissioned by the Little Missenden Festival, will be premiered by Mark Simpson and Richard Uttley at the festival on Monday 16th October.

The Festival has written an article about the inspiration behind the piece. For further info and to book tickets visit the festival website.

If you can't make it to Little Missenden, Mark and Richard will give a second performance of the piece at the Picture Gallery at Royal Holloway, University of London on Saturday 21st October, details here.

Five Memos to receive US premiere

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Five Memos for violin and piano will receive its US premiere in New York on Saturday 14th October, performed by Esther Noh and Jacob Rhodebeck of Lost Dog New Music Ensemble.

The concert kicks off a season-wide exploration of contemporary music from the UK, including music by James Macmillan, Jonathan Harvey and Michael Finnissy.

Lost Dog will also be performing more of Mark’s chamber works in early 2018 - watch this space!

Further information and tickets here