Oliver Rudland | Composer & Producer

Oliver Rudland

is an English composer based in Cambridge, UK, known for his accessible style of modern composition. His operas have received particular attention and critical acclaim.

His latest opera, Pincher Martin, based on the novel by William Golding, was staged at the RCM Britten Theatre in July 2014: 'This is an eloquent, succinct opera... In music and design..., Pincher Martin pinched and gripped. This opera deserves to live.' (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' (Bachtrack★★★★).

His 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, his children’s opera, The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, based on the classic story by Jill Tomlinson, was staged at the Cambridge University Church, and 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).

His chamber works have been performed at the Cheltenham International Music Festival, the Southbank Centre, and the DiMenna Center (NYC), as well as at other venues worldwide. His trombone sonata, The Conquests of Zeus, commissioned by Matthew Gee, principal trombonist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, has recently been performed widely across Europe.

Oliver is currently Composer-in-Residence with the London Choral Sinfonia, directed by Michael Waldron, who have commissioned him to write a series of new choral and orchestral works. The LCS will give the performance of a new choral work at St John's Smith Square as a part of their current season. For more information, or to book tickets, please visit here.

Oliver is also working towards a new large-scale, two-act opera due for completion in 2020.

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Pincher Martin (extract one)

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

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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 Owl who was Afraid of the Dark

an opera for children based on the story by Jill Tomlinson

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The Conquests of Zeus

for trombone and piano

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Yorkshire Songs

for baritone and piano quintet

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Eventide

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

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Blessing

for marimba sextet

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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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Pincher Martin (extract two)

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

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