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Timothy Johnston

Mr Timothy Johnston



I am an Anglo-Welsh composer, researching the use of traditional music and culture in contemporary Classical repertoire. I also have an active interest in both the theory and practice of music and visual media, a topic which is the focus of a number of my compositional and academic activities. My music explores aspects of folkloristics, narrative, postmodernity, and modality.

I am a keen producer and mix engineer, I have composed soundtracks for several films, short and full-length; my debut feature film soundtrack was released in 2019. I am also a pianist, cellist, and vocalist, and regularly perform with the Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra (principal cellist, 2019/20) and Contemporary Music Group.

I graduated with my undergraduate degree from Cardiff University (BMus, First Class Hons) in 2017, and my MA [Composition for Film and Television] (Dist.) from the University of Bristol in 2018, under the tutorage of Prof. John Pickard and Dr Richard Blackford.


Within my work, and creative output, as a composer, I am particularly interested in:

  • The interaction of Western art music with folk music and culture
  • Developing new methodological approaches to collaboration in music and visual media (especially film)
  • Music and narrative
  • Creative studio techniques


New Intersections of Western Art Music and Vernacular Culture

Funding sources

The Leonard and Marion Jones Scholarship


I am a postgraduate tutor in first year undergraduate composition, and both UG and PGT studio techniques moduels.


Robert Fokkens

Robert Fokkens

Reader in Composition

Carlo Cenciarelli

Carlo Cenciarelli

Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Research themes


  • Music composition and improvisation
  • Music technology and recording
  • Folk music
  • Music for media

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