Gary Carpenter (b.1951) studied composition under John Lambert at the Royal College of Music. He has lived in Holland and Germany and has written operas, musicals ballets (mostly For Nederlands Dans Theater) and a radio music-drama - `The One Alone` – with Iris Murdoch as well As Film Scores, And Concert Music. Musical director and/or arranger-orchestrator on many stage shows and films (including `The Wicker Man` - 1973), he won The British Clavichord Society Composition Competition in 2004 (Van Assendelft’s Vermeer) and a 2006 British Composer Award with The Harp Trio ‘Azaleas’. `Die Flimmerkiste` - A Portrait CD (Ensemble 10/10, Clark Rundell, Pamela Nash) - is released on NMC. His Liverpool-based Work Has Included RLPO Orchestrations for the Opening European Capital of Culture event and OMD’s Electricity Concert (available On DVD).
His most recent works include One Million Tiny Operas About Britain to texts by Craig Taylor (Liverpool 2010), Closing Time - Songs For Tenor and Ensemble to texts by Eva Salzman (Liverpool 2008, Huddersfield Festival 2010) and Doubles, A Concerto for Oboe, Clarinet and Wind Orchestra (Manchester and Cincinnati, Summer 2009), Fred and Ginger, A London Symphony Orchestra Commission (Barbican, London. February 2011: Daniel Harding conducting) and Niederau For 3 Flutes. His Bassoon Concerto commissioned by The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will be premiered by Alan Pendlebury and the RLPO conducted by Vasily Petrenko in November 2011.
On CD, Marking Time For Basset Clarinet and Piano is released on Mark Simpson’s NMC collection in Spring 2011 whilst Dioscuri for 2 ‘cellos receives its Australian premiere in April 2011 at the Adelaide International Cello Festival with ‘Twin ‘Cellists’, Pei-Jee And Pei-Sian Ng for whom it was written and who first performed it at the Mecklenberg-Vorpommern Festival In July 2010.
Gary Carpenter is visiting professor in composition at The Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) and a professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music (London).