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Samantha Fernando


Position: Composer

Nationality: British

Resonance and harmonic colour play a vital role in the composer’s music, yielding pieces with an intensely colourful and often meditative quality. Constantly inspired by other art-forms, she has collaborated with writers, directors, choreographers and performers and worked with ensembles including Philharmonia Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Riot Ensemble, The BBC Singers, LOD Muziektheater (Ghent), Silbersee Vocal Ensemble (Amsterdam) and The London Sinfonietta. Her music has been performed at festivals including Aldeburgh Music, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and The Oxford Lieder Festival. In 2013, she received an RPS Composition Prize and was commissioned to write a new work for Philharmonia Orchestra as part of the Music of Today series. A finalist for the 2021 Arts Foundation Futures Awards, her music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and released on NMC and Coviello Classics. In 2018 she was commissioned to write a new work, Formations, celebrating the 50th birthday of the London Sinfonietta, which was premiered at RFH and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. 2021 saw the opening of Current, Rising, a hyper-reality opera, directed by Netia Jones, designed by Jo Scotcher and produced by ROH and Figment Productions. Taken from the Tour 2022 programme book.