About

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(Photography: Jonathan Slade)

Patrick writes instrumental music that is performed in concert halls and occasionally other rooms. He is interested in vivid material, gestural extravagance, textural delicacy, visceral rhythmic energy, and the contrasting impulses of mechanism and freedom. His influences range from the very old to the very new, and centre on a passion for music associated with modernism and the avant-garde, particularly from the (broadly-defined) areas and offshoots of serialism, spectralism, stochastic music, and minimalism.

His music has been performed in concert halls around the UK by a variety of ensembles and artists, including members of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s Ensemble 10/10, Quatuor Diotima, Mahan Esfahani, Jane Chapman, Dark Inventions, Lontano, The Kreutzer Quartet, The Ligeti Quartet, Octandre, Psappha, and the Berkeley Ensemble.

Patrick was awarded the RPS Composition Prize in 2015 and Britten Sinfonia’s OPUS commission for unpublished composers in 2014.

He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of York. In 2018, he completed a PhD in Composition at the University of York, supervised by Thomas Simaku and funded by the AHRC. Here he received two departmental awards for composition, a prize across humanities departments, and a funded residency at The Banff Centre. He has also benefited from lessons and masterclasses given by Unsuk Chin, Colin Matthews, Michael Gandolfi, Oliver Knussen, Roger Marsh and Ian Gardiner.

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