Martin Humphries

Martin Humphries is a Cardiff- based composer and conductor who specialises in music for community ensembles and amateur musicians. He is currently working towards a PhD in composition at the University of Southampton and conducts numerous ensembles including Oblique3: Contemporary Music Group and the Cardiff University Wind Orchestra.

Compositions

On this page you can listen to performances of Martin's compositions and view examples from his scores. His portfolio includes music composed for solo instrumentalists, duos, small ensembles, large ensembles, as well as vocal and choral works.

News

Adopt a Composer

Saturday, 10 September, 2016

I can finally reveal that I have been selected to take part in the prestigious Adopt a Composer scheme. The programme is run by organisations 'Making Music' and 'Sound and Music' and the final performance will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. I have been paired with the 'On The Edge' Fusion Youth ...





Orchestra from Birmingham and will be mentored by composer Fraser Trainer. Over the next year we will be working together to create an exciting, innovative, and rewarding piece of music for the participants. I can't wait to get cracking and am thrilled to have been selected for this scheme.

Three performances at CoMA Summer School

Saturday, 20 August, 2016

After an exhausting but incredibly rewarding week at the Contemporary Music For All 2016 Summer School I have returned home with three more performances to my name. The first came from the CoMA Composers' Ensemble (conducted by Gregory Rose), who gave a reading of my open score work New ...





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. The second, was a workshop with the Fidelio Trio and mezzo soprano Lore Liexenberg on Soak it Up, a movement from a planned song cycle. Finally, I saw Michael Finnissy perform my Lone Wolf in concert at the Doncaster College Theatre on the final day of the course. The ...





CoMA Summer School was a great experience and I have learned a huge amount from working with the brilliant musicians (both professional and amateur) and from the fantastic mentoring team including James Weeks, Michael Finnissy and Judith Weir.

Featured Work

Bucket of Love

concerto for amplified French horn and sound technician

2012

I - The Chasm II - Fixation and Waltz III - Destroyer of Men Bucket of Love is ultimately a piece about the human condition. In much the ...








same way Dante must overcome the nine circles of hell, here our horn soloist must endure the three distinct punishments of The Bucket. We begin ...








with the horn player thrusting the mute into their horn, thus penetrating into the foreign, desolate soundworld of The Chasm. The music here conveys ...








the baron wasteland that is The Bucket, with its wide-open spaces left in ruin by the countless wanderers who have met their doom within ...








it. Next we are shown the playful, teasing nature of The Bucket as it lures the unsuspecting, horn-playing prey towards its trap. It flirts ...








with the soloist, forcing their melody to become a distorted Waltz from which the only escape is to look straight into the heart the predator. The ...








Bucket's four-note motif becomes engraved on the mind and melodies of our horn-playing hero and try as they might, they cannot shake off the Fixation ...








which has taken hold. With all sense of reason and logic eradicated by the grotesque will of this Destroyer of Men, our protagonist is left to ...








suffer the same fate of all who dare to enter the spiteful realm of The Bucket of Love.

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