Martin Humphries

Martin Humphries is a Cardiff- based composer and conductor who specialises in music for community ensembles and amateur musicians. He is currently working towards a PhD in composition at the University of Southampton and conducts numerous ensembles including Oblique3: Contemporary Music Group and the Cardiff University Wind Orchestra.

Compositions

On this page you can listen to performances of Martin's compositions and view examples from his scores. His portfolio includes music composed for solo instrumentalists, duos, small ensembles, large ensembles, as well as vocal and choral works.

News

Welsh Music Guild Appointment

Tuesday, 29 March, 2016

I am very pleased to announce that I have been made a board member and trustee of the Welsh Music Guild. The Welsh Music Guild is established for the purpose of advancing the education of the public by encouraging the understanding and appreciation of the music of composers of Welsh origin and ...





the composers of any nationality resident in Wales. I hope that in my capacity as a member of the board I will be able to contribute to the good work the guild does and help to promote their activities to a younger generation of composers working in Wales. I would like to thank those that ...





suggested me for the position and I very much look forward to working with the Welsh Music Guild in the future. You can read about the Welsh Music Guild here.

Performance: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Monday, 21 December, 2015

I am chuffed to announce that my second orchestral work, A Sovereign Hawk, has been shortlisted for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales' 'Composition: Wales' initiative. The project will see the orchestra workshop my piece over three separate sessions in the new year. Seven works have been ...





selected in total, including pieces by former course mates and collaborators Carol Jones and David John Roche. The project will conclude with a concert in which selected works will be given a concert performance by the orchestra at their home in the BBC Hoddinott Hall (Wales Millennium ...





Centre). Mine is a piece which is intended to be equally rewarding, and technically achievable by both amateur and professional ensembles alike. I am incredibly excited to hear what the BBC NOW make of my work. The full list of shortlisted works can be found




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Featured Work

Workers Onion

for any combination of non-wind instruments

2015

This work for any combination of non-wind instruments responds to Louis Andriessen's Workers Union (1975). Andriessen's firm political leanings ...








and their manifestations within his music were the most pertinent of influences on my piece. Whilst composing I discovered that my new local ...








constituency (Cardiff North) was one of the most closely contested seats at the last general election and is likely to remain so in 2015. In light ...








(and spite) of all this, Workers Onion is a piece about rate of change.

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