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Gavin Wayte - The Open College of the Arts

Gavin Wayte

Hello there. I am a composer, pianist and conductor, producing work in a variety of genres from opera to multimedia performance.

Developing out of a background of jazz and improvisation, I initially arrived at the University of Manchester to study theoretical physics but transferred to a music degree after a year, leading to a PhD in composition in 2007. Following this I undertook training at the Centre Acanthes conducting and composition academy under maestros Peter Eotvos and Zsolt Nagy, the Royal Opera House’s VOX opera writing scheme, and the Creative Connections cross-arts development programme.

My compositional style reflects my study of the traditions of Western and non-Western music as well as my practical activity in the music of today, along with my curiosity in artistic fields other than music and areas more far-flung, emerging in a richly layered, original sound world.

My enthusiasm for collaborating with other artists has led me to produce work of many different kinds, from site-specific dance pieces, occasionally in which I have participated myself, to performances integrating projected visual images, electronics and live instrumentalists, to music-theatre works where musicians take on multiple performance roles. Increasingly I widen the resources of instrumental music by introducing electronic components such as spatialised sound and live digital manipulation.

Recent compositions include Arrival at the Engine Room for cello, live electronics and visual projections produced during a residency at Metal, Edge Hill train station, Liverpool; Hot to Trot Love Bot for actor-harpsichordist with text by Dzifa Benson, premiered at the Foundlings Museum, London, and recorded on Prima Facie; The Neighbour, an opera scene, libretto by Alexia Anastasiadis, premiered at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre; and Keep a multimedia gallery installation with visuals by Joe Stathers exhibited at Gallery Oldham and the Salford Quays festival of digital art.

I have undertaken residencies at several institutions at home and abroad, including The Austrian Cultural Forum in Knightsbridge, and curated the BBC Philharmonic’s Ink Still Wet pre-concert series.

As a pianist, my repertoire stretches across periods and styes, a typical programme bringing together the Spanish Baroque, European modernism and a latest composition of my own or a colleague. As a conductor I specialise in new music, having conducted Psappha and Manchester Camerata in recent seasons.

I have over 15 years experience teaching at HE Level, including posts at the University of Nottingham and Salford University, lecturing across a range of subjects from music history to conducting to composition. I currently work at the RNCM where I am visiting lecturer in Academic Studies.
I am particularly looking forward to my role as OCA music tutor and to working with a diverse range of students each of whom share a common fascination with music. I look forward to guiding students in the development of their compositional craft and personal style, and joining them as they expand creatively and deepen their appreciation and understanding of music.

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