BBC Commission for RNCM Composer

RNCM postgraduate composer Tom Harrold will be making his mark on the BBC Proms next month thanks to a new commission by Radio 4’s PM.

The popular current affairs programme approached Tom earlier in the year asking him to write a piece that would utilise a selection of everyday sounds recorded and submitted by PM listeners since January.

Talking of the work Tom, a former BBC Proms Inspire Young Composer competition winner, pictured above, said: ‘I’m really excited to have been commissioned to compose a new work which uses ‘sounds of everyday life’ submitted by Radio 4 listeners. It’s a challenging project; the issues associated with marrying acoustic and electroacoustic elements into one piece requires a lot of thought.’

The work will be premiered by the Aurora orchestra and conductor Nick Collon at the Royal College of Music on 20 August and broadcast live on Radios 3 and 4 simultaneously with a second broadcast on Radio 3 at a later date.

Tom adds: ‘I’m excited to be working with Nick Collon’s fabulous Aurora at the Proms once again – they’re a terrific orchestra who are brilliant to work with. I’m really looking forward to the whole experience!’

The concert will also feature new works by Junior RNCM composers Harry Johnstone, Harry Castle and Robert Durnin who were three of this year’s Inspire Young Composer competition winners.

To hear Tom talking exclusively to PM about the project click here.

14 July 2014