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Composer

"Music of supernatural poignance, melodic but otherworldly, narratively urgent but poetically impressionistic."

- The Guardian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Current/recent projects

- New pieces for The Hermes ExperimentLigeti Quartet and Juice Vocal Ensemble

- A collaboration with artist Harrison Pearce on a new kinetic sculpture, Defence Cascade, is now on show at Compton Verney

- My first opera - Dear Marie Stopes premieres at the Wellcome Collection in August 2018 as part of this year's Tête à Tête festival. 

 

About me

I studied music at Cambridge University and privately with composer Raymond Yiu. While at university, I won the ‘young composer of the year’ award at The Edinburgh International Harp festival. My work has since been performed at the Barbican, LSO St Luke’s, Cheltenham Music Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, the Sónar music festival (Barcelona), and the Mona Bismarck American Center (Paris).

My piece Suspensions & Solutions (for viola da gamba and electronics) was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 earlier this year and I recently wrote the music for a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Courtyard Theatre, London. Other recent highlights include assisting Nico Muhly on his opera ‘Marnie’ at the ENO and working as Music Editor for his score for the BBC1 mini-series ‘Howards End’, which was shortlisted for a BAFTA for best original score.

I'm originally from Pembrokeshire, West Wales, and now live in London. 

Say hi: amillsprojects@gmail.com


A preview of my new chamber opera - Dear Marie Stopes - inspired by the emotionally charged letters sent to Marie Stopes in response to her sex manual, Married Love, first published in 1918:

More information on "Dear Marie Stopes" here.


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Selected works

Selected works

 

  • Dear Marie Stopes (2018) Chamber opera for 3 singers, strings and electronics
  • Repermission (2018) vocal trio for Juice Vocal Ensemble inspired by GDPR emails
  • Cascade (2018) String Trio to accompany a new sculpture by Harrison Pearce
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream  (2018) Mixed choir and electronics (Incidental music for a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream)
  • For the Time Being  (2017) Harp and cello
  • Suspensions & Solutions (2017) Bass viol and electronics
  • Four Rain-begging Songs (2017) Duo: Flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet
  • Sextet (2016) Sextet: Flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, percussion (marimba/kick drum), piano, viola, cello
  • One is Fun (2016) Violin duo, or solo violin + tape
  • Ergo (2016) Film score: piano, strings and percussion
  • In Memoriam (2015) Strings, brass and electronics
  • Three Bocets for the Living (2015) String duo: violin/viola + violin/cello arrangement
  • Capriccio (2012) Piano trio
  • The Dream of Rhonabwy (2012) Harp and cello