Samuel Bordoli is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of the foremost composers of his generation. His radical vision for pushing musical boundaries is setting a fascinating precedent for exploring the relationship between architecture, music, literature and theatre.
His new anthem The Great Silence will be premiered at Windsor Festival by The Children and Gentlemen of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, The Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, The Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, and The Choir of The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy in a concert celebrating The Queen’s 90th Birthday, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in 2016. It has been composed to commemorate choristers who lost their lives in the First World War and performances of the work will be used to raise funds for the charity London Music Masters. His fourth Live Music Sculpture, composed for Lord Foster’s GLA City Hall (Foster + Partners), will be premiered in Open House London; and Crux fidelis, commissioned by Choir and Organ magazine, will be performed in St Paul’s Cathedral.
Samuel Bordoli became the first composer to create site-specific compositions for the Monument and Tower Bridge in 2012 when his Live Music Sculptures were featured in the City of London Festival. They were described by the Observer as “working wonders with public acoustics” and “beautiful and ethereal”. His site-specific work for St Paul’s Cathedral, Live Music Sculpture 3, was performed five times during one day and subsequently shortlisted for a 2014 BASCA British Composer Award in the Choral category. His new chamber work As I Lay Dying was premiered in the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music of Today Series at the Royal Festival Hall as a result of winning the 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize.
Other recent premieres have included GRIND, a major commission from PRS for Music Foundation, performed at the Southbank Centre and the Glasgow UNESCO Commonwealth Games, released on NMC Records, and shortlisted for a 2015 BASCA British Composer Award; Fire, Silver, Gold commissioned for the United Guilds Service at St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the grant of a royal charter to The Worshipful Company of Founders; There the Dance Is composed for the clarinettist Emma Johnson; and a new anthem for Foremarke Hall for their 75th Anniversary celebrations.
Born in 1987 in England, Samuel Bordoli began composing and conducting at an early age. His first orchestral work was performed at the Bedford Corn Exchange when he was aged sixteen. Samuel held the Mendelssohn Scholarship and the Manson Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied for a MMus with Philip Cashian and Simon Bainbridge. He was mentored by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies for nine years after studying with him at Dartington International Summer School. He gained a BMus (Hons) at Birmingham Conservatoire tutored by Edwin Roxburgh. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC World Service, and ITV News.
Samuel Bordoli composed the music and libretto for the chamber opera Amerika, in 2012, based on the novel by Kafka, which was commissioned by Tête à Tête. In the same year, he was also a featured composer in the City of London Festival. In 2011, he was Composer-in-Residence on the Liturgical Music Courses held at Winchester Cathedral, and collaborated with the dramatist Mark Ravenhill on a lite-bite opera for the Tête à Tête Opera Festival. In 2008 his piece Eta Carinae Nebula was featured by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group as part of the 'Boulez in Birmingham' festival, alongside work by Boulez.
Bordoli’s work has attracted numerous awards and prizes, including the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, Charles Lucas Prize, the Alan Bush Prize, the Lena Pritchard Green Award, the Charles Black Fellowship as well as recognition from the Mendelssohn Foundation, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the AHRC and the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust.
Performances of Samuel Bordoli’s music have also been given by Chapelle du Roi, RADA, Southbank Sinfonia, the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists, Exaudi, the London Sinfonietta, Wildscreen, the Orchestra of the Swan, The Mid Wales Music Week Festival, The Warehouse Ensemble, The Swift Ensemble and The New Century Players.
In addition to composing, Samuel has also been very active as a conductor in numerous contemporary music performances in London and Birmingham including concerts and workshops with The Swift Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Thallein Ensemble. As a student, he conducted over thirty premieres of his colleagues’ work. His choral music is published by Stainer & Bell.
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