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David Roche

Composer - Winner of the 2017-2018 Orion Orchestra Composition Competition

Welsh composer David John Roche's Music is celebratory, intense, and bright - consciously in opposition to the circumstances of the world in which it is written. He believes that there is new, undiscovered compositional territory to be found through the musical representation of marginalised voices, that the clearest, most direct way of developing new modes of expression and representation are to be found in the syntheses of the vast, varying methods of musical construction available to composers writing music today.

Roche won the 2017-2018 Orion Orchestra Composition Competition, was placed 3rd in the first and final rounds of the 2017 International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition, was shortlisted as part of the Welsh selection for ISCM’s World Music Days 2018, has undertaken residencies with Sound and Music and the London Graduate Orchestra, Endelienta, Cambridge Graduate Orchestra, and Wales Arts Review, and has received over 20 academic awards. He is currently undertaking commissions from Dyson and the Orion Orchestra, Psappha in conjunction with Hear and Now, the Vale of Glamorgan Festival, and the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Born in Tredegar, Wales, Roche has completed degrees at Cardiff University, the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge where he was the first person to read and submit for a PhD in Music Composition.