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Luke Bedford
*25.04.1978

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  • Luke Bedford, Bijan Sheibani and Sian Edwards (c) ROH, Stephen Cummiskey
    03.04.2014
    Luke Bedford: Through His Teeth
    Luke Bedford: Through His Teeth

    Luke Bedford’s chamber opera Through His Teeth is premièred at the Linbury Studio Theatre of t [...]

  • 25.04.2014
    Happy Birthday Luke Bedford!
    Happy Birthday Luke Bedford!

    Congratulations for the critical and public success of Through His Teeth: as some of you might kn [...]

  • 04.04.2014
    ★★★★★ for Luke Bedford’s Through His Teeth
    ★★★★★ for Luke Bedford’s Through His Teeth

    “Composed by Luke Bedford, it will surely be produced by other opera companies in the future as [...]

  • ecme
    18.02.2014
    Bedford and Birtwistle performed in Egypt
    Bedford and Birtwistle performed in Egypt

    Rossen Gergov conducts the Egyptian première of Igor, The Bird Who Couldn’t Sing and a perform [...]

  • 06.02.2014
    Catalogue of works: Luke Bedford
    Catalogue of works: Luke Bedford

    Here is the current catalogue of works by Luke Bedford.

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  • 21.10.2013
    Wien Modern 2013
    Wien Modern 2013
    Two works from the Universal Edition catalogue will be premièred at this year’s Wien Modern Festi [...]
  • Luke Bedford
    16.06.2011
    First chamber opera by Luke Bedford
    First chamber opera by Luke Bedford
    This is the long-awaited first opera from Luke Bedford, one of the UK’s leading young composers. T [...]
  • Friedrich Cerha (c) Wiener Konzerthaus
    20.06.2012
    Friedrich Cerha: Ernst von Siemens Awards Ceremony
    Friedrich Cerha: Ernst von Siemens Awards Ceremony
    The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation honours Friedrich Cerha with the Ernst von Siemens Music Priz [...]
  • Ersnt von Siemens Music Prize
    26.01.2012
    Friedrich Cerha receives the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize
    Friedrich Cerha receives the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize
    Friedrich Cerha is the recipient of the 2012 international Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. We are esp [...]
  • Luke Bedford (c) Tom Bedford
    26.04.2012
    Luke Bedford UK première
    Luke Bedford UK première
    This April, Foyle Future Firsts participants conducted by Thomas Blunt will give the British premiè [...]
  • Luke Bedford (photo: Ben Ealovega)
    02.03.2012
    Bedford: New work for ensemble
    Bedford: New work for ensemble
    On 3 March, the Britten Sinfonia will give the world première of another new work by Bedford: Three [...]
  • Luke Bedford (photo: Tom Bedford)
    16.02.2012
    Bedford: New ensemble work
    Bedford: New ensemble work
    Luke Bedford's latest work for ensemble Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale will receive its world prem [...]
  • Seven Angels Video
    Watch composer Luke Bedford, writer Glyn Maxwell and director John Fulljames talk about Bedford’s [...]
    Seven Angels Video

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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 [...]

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, [...]

10 of 32 Works

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