Simon Thorne is one of the leading composers working in Wales today. Here is music of enormous range, that consistently challenges structures and norms. From dark, noisy Zappa inspired ‘operas’ to serene Baroque chamber music, this is also work of rare beauty.

He studied composition in Poland with Zbigniew Rudzinski and Boglusaw Schaffer. He made experimental theatre with Akademia Ruchu, also with Grotowski's Teatr Laboratorium, Odin Teatret, Cardiff Laboratory Theatre and the Meredith Monk Ensemble...

...then there was Man Act – lots of men in suits making intense physical theatre against a backdrop of high octane live rock and roll. Afterwards there was The Canton Opera Company, The Wales Jazz Composers Orchestra, The Cherubs, The Canton Café Orchestra, and…

...along the way he has made work for the Experimental Studios of Polish Radio, Welsh National Opera, Scottish National Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh Baroque Orchestra and…

...he composes, plays violin and viola, and mean jazz piano







"These compositions invite and demand reflection. They ask you to dive deep inside the listening experience.
But while they carry you far away,
they also have a curious sense of the familiar. The unconscious is working."


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