University of Surrey

Composition projects, May 2020

Experimental conference call

A planned collaborative composition day with composer David Helbich was converted to an online experience based around the now ubiquitous video conference call. Plus-Minus created three videos to which students were invited to respond; the resulting short films were then used as building blocks for new compositions via a specially built website here.

David Lovatt competition

The brief for this year’s David Lovatt composition competition was to write a work for piano and electronics. After an in-person seminar in early March, just before lock-down, four composers were selected to take part. Mark Knoop worked with each student over several online sessions to record their pieces, and we then held a virtual concert to watch the finished videos together.

Coral Man: Playground

Elliott Morgan: Transport

Anne-Marie Cundy: Two Months

Tristan Hidalgo Hopson: 7:8