Oliver Rudland | Composer & Producer

Oliver Rudland

was born in West Yorkshire in 1983. He studied composition with Huw Watkins and Joseph Horovitz and piano with Niel Immelman at the Royal College of Music as a Foundation Scholar, and then studied at Cambridge University with Robin Holloway, where he also taught for a further past five years.

His orchestral music has been played in masterclasses directed by James MacMillan, Colin Matthews and Mark-Anthony Turnage, and he has had chamber works performed at the Cheltenham International Music Festival, the Southbank Centre, and the DiMenna Center (NYC), as well as at other venues across the U.S. and Europe.

Oliver’s first opera, The Nightingale and the Rose, after the story by Oscar Wilde, was staged at the Carriageworks Theatre for four nights in 2008 by Leeds Youth Opera. 'Exceptional talent...Oliver is going to be a big name in the future.' (Yorkshire Evening Post)

In 2011, Oliver staged a production of his children’s opera, The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, based on the classic story by Jill Tomlinson, which received very positive reviews from audiences and critics alike. 'This was children's opera at its best; it was fun and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds,' (GSM News).

Oliver's latest opera, Pincher Martin, based on the novel by William Golding, was staged at the RCM Britten Theatre in July 2014 to great critical acclaim: 'This is an eloquent, succinct opera... In music and design..., Pincher Martin pinched and gripped. This opera deserves to live.' (Geoff Brown, The Times: ★★★★); 'Rudland appears to have achieved that rare and valuable object: a contemporary work that is both challenging yet accessible. Despite its disturbing subject matter, Pincher Martin is lyrical, inventive, and above all a thoroughly engaging work' (William Hunt, Bachtrack★★★★).

Future projects include a commercial recording of Oliver's choral works with the Pinnacle Ensemble, directed by Michael Waldron.

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Pincher Martin, Op. 7 (extract one)

an opera in one act based on the novel by William Golding

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Pincher Martin, Op. 7 (extract two)

an opera in one act based on the novel by William Golding

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The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, Op. 5

an opera for children based on the story by Jill Tomlinson

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Conquests of Zeus, Op. 3

for trombone and piano

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Yorkshire Songs, Op. 2

for baritone and piano quintet

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Eventide, Op. 1

for mixed choir S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B.

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The Nightingale and the Rose (extract one)

an opera in one act based on the story by Oscar Wilde

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The Nightingale and the Rose (extract two)

an opera in one act based on the story by Oscar Wilde

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Blessing

for marimba sextet

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