Embedded: BBC Symphony Orchestra
The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since its inception in 1930. It provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, performing around a dozen concerts each year, including the First and Last Nights.
The BBC SO has a strong commitment to 20th-century and contemporary music, with recent performances including commissions and premieres from Brett Dean, Tristan Murail, Colin Matthews, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Bright Sheng. As Associate Orchestra of the Barbican, it performs an annual season of concerts there. Its 2014/15 Barbican season includes a series of Nielsen’s six symphonies with Sakari Oramo, Unsuk Chin’s opera Alice in Wonderland, Smetana’s Dalibor with Jiří Bělohlávek, live accompaniment to Chaplin films, and Total Immersion days remembering John Tavener and celebrating Pierre Boulez at 90.
Composers-in-Residence: David Coonan, Ryan Latimer and Ed Nesbit
David Coonan is an Irish composer currently based in London. His work is driven by a notion of creative recycling, and his all-embracing musical curiosity has led to a body of compositions mindful of many diverse musical influences.His works have been performed by, amongst others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RAM Manson Ensemble, and with conductors including Gavin Maloney and François-Xavier Roth.
Ryan Latimer is a composer currently based in London. His music has been performed throughout the UK and Europe by leading ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Orkest de Ereprijs (Netherlands), Warszawska Opera Kameralna (Poland) and the Workers Union Ensemble, with whom he was Composer-in-Association during 2014.
Edward Nesbit studied at Cambridge University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and King's College, London, studying with Richard Baker, Julian Anderson and George Benjamin. He won the 2010 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize and, in 2013, the first Verbier Festival Academy Composer Prize. His song cycle A Pretence of Wit was shortlisted for the vocal category of the 2013 British Composer Awards.
Embedded is a Sound and Music composer and creative-artist development programme. Funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the PRS for Music Foundation, Embedded places a selection of composers from a range of disciplines into extended relationships with leading national arts organisations.