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Daniel Bickerton  MMus PhD (Wales) PGD (London) AFHEA LMusTCL AMusTCL FTCL LTCL ATCL

Dr Daniel Bickerton MMus PhD (Wales) PGD (London) AFHEA LMusTCL AMusTCL FTCL LTCL ATCL

Senior Lecturer and Director of Learning and Teaching

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I am the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the School of Music. I am also an active composer with compositional interests including intertextuality, jazz, arrangement and hybridity, transculturalism, as well as the reception and interpretation of contemporary music. My music has been described as 'soulful', and 'full of skittish cascades' and 'invoking a sense of period and character – and just a little (harmless) madness' in The Times. My work has been performed in several major venues in the UK (including Wales Millennium Centre, Purcell Room and Birmingham Symphony Hall), Italy (La Mortella), Germany (Idstein Jazz Festival), France (Palais de Festivités, Evian), Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival), Belgium (Ghent Music Festival and St. George's Memorial Church, Ypres) the USA (San Francisco Theatre), and broadcast on BBC Radio Wales and ITV Wales. I studied composition with Arlene Sierra, Stephen Montague, Judith Weir and Anthony Powers at Cardiff University School of Music and Trinity College, London for both undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Recent commissions have included projects with Cor Aduniad, the Fidelio Trio (Cheltenham Music Festival premiere, July 2014), BBC Big Band (dir. Jay Craig), The Cardon Ensemble, London New Wind Ensemble (November 2013), Jack Lewis (trombone), Alexander Davis (saxophone), Cardiff University Big Band, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Consortium5, Lontano, RMA, Nathan Jorgensen's 'Four o'clock Band', and MFY.






















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Overview and recent projects:

As a composer I am particularly interested in musical intertextuality. I enjoy writing chamber music in particular, but also music for jazz ensemble. Over the last twelve months, recent new works have included Invictus for SATB choir (performed by Cor Aduniad, dir. Geraint Davies) and a collection of piano solos, Tyne Cot Sketches (performed at St George's Memorial Church, Ypres). Weather By Funk was recently performed by Nathan Jorgensen's 'Four o'clock Band' at the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Centre (New Hampshire) and by the Cardiff University Big Band at the Gent Music Festival, Belgium. A new work for the Adventus Saxophone Quartet as well as two pieces for alto saxophone (performed by Alexander Davis), Eclipse (2015) and Even Though It's Breaking, Imagine (2016) have received various UK performances.

Some of my recordings are available on my SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/daniel-bickerton-2

Forthcoming project:

I have been commissioned by Music for Youth, in collaboration with music services from South Wales, to compose a new work for the upcoming MFY Proms concert series in November 2016. The project will focus on aspects of technological development in the 21st Century and is for a large ensemble featuring approximately 600 young musicians. I will be directing the world premiere performance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 16, 2016. The new work is called #CONNECT and will feature electro-acoustics, produced at the university recording studios. In addition to achieving funding from the above sponsors, I successfully attracted full funding from CUROP in order to give an undergraduate student (Timothy Johnston, Year 3 BMus) the opportunity to work in close collaboration with me on several aspects of this production between June and September 2016. (Information about the CUROP scheme can be found at: learning.cf.ac.uk/curop) Details about the concert series can be found at: mfy.org.uk/coreseason/mfyproms


Undergraduate Teaching:

  • Composition (Final Year Portfolio supervisor)
  • 20th Century Contrapuntal Practice
  • Orchestration
  • Studio Techniques (Electro-Acoustic Composition)
  • I also co-ordinate the practical musicianship modules at the School of Music (including Ensemble).

Postgraduate Teaching:

  • Music Leadership and Public Engagement
  • Ensemble
  • Studio Techniques (Electro-Acoustic Composition)
  • I have also supervised MA Composition portfolio students

CMG Directing:

  • I also direct the annual CMG 'composer celebration' workshop and concerts in the Autumn Semester. Previous concerts have included:
    • 2013: Britten Centenary Celebration (feat. The Cardon Ensemble)
    • 2014: The Triumph of Time? Responses to Birtwistle at 80
    • 2015: La Monte Young at 80
  • I will be directing the next in this series, 'Reich at 80' on November 24, 2016 at the School of Music.


Education and qualifications

  • 2014: LMusTCL in Theory and Analysis (Trinity College London)
  • 2012: PhD (Composition) Cardiff University, UK
  • 2012: AFHEA (Higher Education Academy)
  • 2011: AMusTCL with Distinction (Trinity College London)
  • 2009: LTCL: Teaching with Distinction (Trinity College London)
  • 2008: PGD with Distinction (Composition) Trinity Laban Conservatoire, UK
  • 2007: MMus with Distinction (Composition) Cardiff University, UK
  • 2006: BMus (Hons) with First Class Honours, Cardiff University, UK
  • 2004: ATCL: Recital with Distinction (Trinity College London)

Anrhydeddau a dyfarniadau

  • CUROP (July 2016)
  • First Campus for Outreach and Engagement (2014-16)
  • CUSU for Benjamin Britten Centenary: Celebration for Composers (2013)
  • Cardiff University Research Studentship (2008-2012)
  • Joan Greenfield Fellowship (2007-08)
  • Welsh Livery Guild (2007)
  • AHRC (2006-07)
  • Celia Thomas Bequest (2006)

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Member of the international examining board for AMusTCL, Trinity College London (2015-present)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2012-present) for professional recognition of Teaching and Scholarship

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

  • 2016-present: Director of Undergraduate Studies, Cardiff University School of Music
  • 2014-2016: Deputy Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, Cardiff University School of Music
  • 2013-2014: Lecturer in Music and Ideology, Leeds College of Music
  • 2009-2014: Associate Lecturer, Cardiff University School of Music

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

  • Chair of the Undergraduate Board of Studies (2016-present)
  • Chair of Examination and Year Boards (2016-present)
  • Assessment and Feedback Lead for MUSIC (2015-present)
  • Member of Learning and Teaching Committee (2015-present)
  • Member of Undergraduate Staff Student Panel (2014-present)
  • Member of Postgraduate Board of Studies (2014-present)
  • Member of IT Committee (2013-14)

Meysydd goruchwyliaeth

I am interesting in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Composition (Music)
  • Music Leadership

I am currently second supervisor for Jonathan Brown - a thesis that brings together concepts from Film Musicology and Music Theory to trace the genealogy of Lydian sonorities in Hollywood film music since the 1930s.