Ava's Wedding

My new full length opera with a libretto by Alexandra Taylor.

Birmingham Conservatoire will be performing it 26-28 February at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham.

Tickets are available here

Calm, mild trenchancy

A short new piece for clarinet and piano will be performed by Jack McNeill and Eliza McCarthy on 11 November 2014 at 1:05pm at the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire.


A piece for 4 dancers and 4 musicians. Choreography by Sebastian Matthias. Music by me.

A very nice review in German can be found here

More performance dates added:

20-22 November Tanzhaus NRW Duesseldorf

Birmingham Record Company

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The CDs are out !!!!!!!!

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Danserye: music for the dance piece by Sebastian Matthias

Kathryn and Peter play the recorder: my collected music for recorders and ensemble


I was born in 1971 in Mönchengladbach and grew up in Niederkrüchten, a small German village on the Dutch border. After working as a care worker in a children's home and a runner at several theatres in Germany and England I studied Applied Theatre Studies at Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany and Composition with Patric Standford and Christopher Fox in Huddersfield (BA, MA) and with Vic Hoyland in Birmingham (PhD).

My works have been performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the ISCM World Music Days in Manchester (with Isobel Bowler), Spitalfields Festival (with Isobel Bowler), the Barbican Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Tate Liverpool and various other concert halls, festivals, supermarkets, art galleries, shoe shops, theatres, banks, opera houses, in cafes, on beaches, in cinemas, on the radio, on TV; in the UK, Germany, lots of other European places, in Russia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.

I work in close relationship with the German theatre artist Marcus Droß and I’m a founding member of the artists’ collective New Guide to Opera.

Since 2009 I have been Deputy Head of Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire.

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