Universal Edition - Luke Bedford


Luke Bedford

The Composer

(See below for short biography)

Luke Bedford was born in 1978 and studied composition at the Royal College of Music with Edwin Roxburgh and Simon Bainbridge, following a Foundation Scholarship. He then gained a subsequent scholarship to study for a Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music, again with Simon Bainbridge, with funds provided by the RVW Trust, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and the 2000 Mendelssohn Scholarship.

In 2001, the London Sinfonietta premièred Five Abstracts - a chamber work for 14 players. A BBC commission followed - Rode with Darkness, a work for large orchestra, which was premièred by the Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder in January 2004. The work ...


About the Music

Luke Bedford received a composer’s award from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation in June 2012. As part of the foundation’s commitment to young composers, a portrait CD will be released by col legno. Markus Böggemann took this opportunity to look closer at some of Bedford’s works.

What are a composer’s tools? If we take the question literally, the answer is still "pencil and paper," although obviously we now have the computer, which is playing the role the piano had in the 19th century. However, looking at the question in a broader, metaphorical way as one addressing the individual peculiarities of musical thinking and the ways of realising it, it becomes clear that every ...



Bedford Col LegnoLuke Bedford’s pieces Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale, By the Screen in the Sun at the Hill on the Gold, Chiaroscuro, Man Shoots Strangers from Skyscraper and Or Voit Tout en Aventure have been released on a new CD on col-legno. The critic Andrew Clements writes: "Compiled from concert recordings, it makes a valuable introduction to his luminous soundworld, and goes a long way to explaining why he is so highly rated among the younger generation of British composers."

Read the full review.

Excerpts from Colin Clarke’s review for Tempo:

Wonderful Two-headed Nightingale: […] The hyper-gestural opening, the minimalist-influenced shards of accompaniment that underpin yearning, ...


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Future Performances

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