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 ...





Shoes
. 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

Not Now Birty

for occasional wind quintet

2013

This piece for 'occasional wind quintet' is an affectionate tribute to the great composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle. Humour has always played an ...








important role in my music and I became fascinated by the way Birtwistle's blunt and uncompromising way of expressing himself often creates comic ...








scenarios (to me at least) when juxtaposed against the formality and refinement of the 'classical' music scene. The Steve Reich edition of a series ...








of interviews produced by Boosey and Hawkes begins with the quote 'I think my decision to become a composer really happened at the age of fourteen ...








when I heard for the first time The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky, and shortly thereafter the fifth Brandenberg Concerto by Johann ...








Sebastian Bach'. In stark contrast, the Birtwistle edition of the same series opens with the composer giving us a tour of his garden and a series of ...








fantastic quotes such as: 'do you want to see my tomatoes?... I've grown them from seed. Magic!', and 'this wall here, I built that. It's not bad is ...








it'. It is almost a minute and a half into this three-minute feature before Birtwistle even mentions his music. In Not Now Birty I have made ...








a caricature of some of these traits. The quartet of flute, oboe, horn and bassoon move as a unit and progress in a reasonably logical manner, ...








however, the clarinet (the instrument Birtwistle played in his youth) constantly antagonises the equilibrium and leads the others astray in terms of ...








harmony, rhythm, structure, and timbre, always favouring harsher and more enigmatic soundworlds. Some would argue there is a time and place to hear ...








Birtwistle talk about his gardening techniques, and likewise, for a clarinet to scream over the top of an ensemble. Others would simply respond 'not ...








now Birty'.

Twitter