Gavin Wayte

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Fellow in Creative and Professional Practice and Contemporary Music Lead Junior RNCM

PhD, MusM, BMus(Hons), FRSA

Email: [email protected]

  • Module Leader Artist Development 1 and 2 (lectures, seminars, workshops)
  • Creative Project and Professional Placement lecturing and mentoring
  • UGR3 PERF – Performing Contemporary Music
  • UG4 PERF – Performance Studies
  • UG3/4 Research Elective – Cinematic Alchemy: Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann
  • UG3/4 Research Elective – Improvisation: Past, Present and Future
  • RNCM Junior Department – Contemporary Music Lead; Conductor of New Music Ensemble; Tutor in Composition

I am a composer, conductor and pianist working in a variety of genres from opera to multimedia performance. I favour in particular collaborating with other artists, and my work has been performed nationally and internationally, at, among other places, the Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre, Teatro de la Fenice, Venice, HIP festival, North Carolina, USA, as well as at the opening night of the BBC Philharmonic Studio, MediaCity UK, Salford. Typical works include Hot To Trot Love Bot for actor-harpsichordist, Arrival at the Engine Room for cello and live multi-media, Bones of Spring for dancers, harpist and live multi-media and Revolve, for dancers and instruments, performed on location in Manchester City Centre as part of Urban Moves festival.

My PhD in Composition was from the University of Manchester (2007), after which I took training at the Centre Acanthes and worked on the Royal Opera House’s VOX opera writing scheme. As a conductor, I have worked with Psappha, Manchester Camerata and BBC Philharmonic ensemble and freelance, project specific ensembles. I have previously taught composition, conducting and musicology at the University of Nottingham and Salford University.

As a champion for creativity for all, I teach composition and musical skills at Chetham’s International Piano Summer School and am a music tutor for the Open College of Arts, as well as being music lead and composition tutor for the RNCM junior department.

Personal Website

Current and Future Research

  • Collaboration with flautist Dr Martyn Shaw (Leeds Conservatoire) investigating how joint research into historically informed performance practice and historical cultural contexts and contemporary composition and contexts might lead to new insights and usable knowledge in musical performance, composition and creativity (2021 to date).
  • 2022
    Conference paper.
    ‘Soliloquy: The ‘Nicholson’s “Improved” Flute’ as an inspiration for interdisciplinary collaboration’
    Co-authored with Dr Martyn Shaw, Leeds Conservatoire
    The Flute in the 19th Century – An Instrument in Transition
    Date: 23rd April 2022
    Where and who:
    Musik-Akademie Basel
    Hochschule für Musik
    Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
  • 2021 Soundfloor Festival conference paper.

Research Funding

RNCM Research for project ‘How May Music Projects Enable Positive Environmental Action?’, 2022.

RNCM Research project funding for Crossing 2,performed New Music Manchester festival, 2019.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Artist Development 1 and 2 – Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials
  • UG3 – Professional Placement – Seminars and Tutorials
  • UG4 – Creative Project – Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials
  • UGR3 PERF – Performing Contemporary Music
  • UG4 PERF – Performance Studies
  • Research Elective – Cinematic Alchemy: Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann
  • Research Elective – Improvisation: Past, Present and Future
  • RNCM Junior Department – Contemporary Music Lead; Conductor of New Music Ensemble; Tutor in Composition

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Post Graduate (Taught) module Freelance Musician

Selected Outputs


    • Gavin Wayte Soliloquy, for 19th Century Flute, 2022, Martyn Shaw Nicholson ‘Improved’ flute, , Musik-Akademie Basel, Hochschule für Musik, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
    • Gavin Wayte Whirl, for percussionist and live electronics, 2021, Delia Stevens marimba, vibraphone, live electronics,
    • Gavin Wayte Crossing, 2019, Polaris Duo, Soprano Saxophone, Harp, electronics,
    • Gavin Wayte Crossing 2, 2019, RNCM ensemble, Gavin Wayte, Polaris Duo 3 vocalists, soprano saxophone and harp continuo, 3 harps, percussionist, live electronics., , New Music Manchester festival, 2019.
    • Gavin Wayte The Prime Minister Was Already Squiffy, 2019, David Fanning Piano solo, , Cosmo Rodewald concert hall, University of Manchester
    • Dark Room (Study I), 2017, Vibraphone and live electronics,
    • CRUMP, 2017, Tpt.Tbn.Hp.2Vlns.Vla.Vc.,
    • Aperture, 2016, Alto saxophone and live electronics,
    • Another Place, 2016, Tpt.Vln. Live electronics and video projection,
    • Bones of Spring, 2013, for 2 dancers, visual projection, harp and live electronics,
    • Hot to Trot Love Bot, for Actor-Harpsichordist, 2012, Harpsichord, Text by Dzifa Benson, based on an idea by Dzifa Benson,


    • Steve Davismoon; Sadie Smith; Participants from Chatsworth Academy In Search of the Phoenix, Music theatre for young people music theatre group, wind ensemble, electric guitar

Talks, Workshops and Masterclasses

  • Who’s Driving? ,  New Music North West Festival Sir John Manduell Research Series, Royal Northern College of Music,  15/11/17

Professional Activity

Multi-media composition

Conductor, specialising in contemporary classical music

Cross-disciplinary collaborations in dance, opera, performance and installations.

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Artistic Quality Assessor for Arts Council England.

Cultural Recovery Fund bid assessor, Arts Council England.

Independent reviewer of output for The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg’s application for South African Department of Higher Education and Training’s Creative Research Subsidy, 2022.

Journal article pre-publication reviewer, Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, UK. 2021

Jury member eFlute Composition Competition, 2020

Jury member BASCA British Composer Awards, 2018.