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Simon Holt

Publisher: Chester Music

(a table of noises) Holt has produced one of his most likeable and subtly coloured scores. — Paul Driver, The Sunday Times

The way he deploys instrumental timbres and creates mixes of sound conjures up, with his customary imagination, a compact score that is at once multi-faceted, ear-catching and clearly focused. — Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph

His music is complex, scored with painstaking attention to detail and completely original. - Chris Caspell, Classical Source

He's one of the very few composers alive whose sound - furiously active and glacially calm - is recognisable within seconds. - Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph extraordinary creative talent. - Jonathan Katz,
Key Works:
Career Highlights:
  • 2012 Becomes Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music
  • 2009 world premiere of St Vitus in the Kettle commissioned for the opening of Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, Wales, and performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Thierry Fischer
  • 2009 British Composer Award for a table of noises
  • 2008 premiere of a table of noises for percussion and orchestra; appointed Composer-in-Association with BBC National Orchestra of Wales; premiere of Troubled Light, BBC Proms
  • 2008 - 2014 Composer in Association with BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • 2007 premiere of witness to a snow miracle in London with BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • 2004 British Composer Award for Who put Bella in the Wych elm?
  • 2002 Ivor Novello Music Award for Boots of Lead
  • 2001 Le Prix de la Fondation Prince Pierre, Monaco for Sunrise’ yellow noise
  • 1998 featured composer at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
  • 1989 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Capriccio Spettrale
  • 1985 comes to prominence as featured composer at the Bath Festival
  • 1978-82 studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Anthony Gilbert