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David Bednall

b. 1979

'. . . here we meet a brilliant new voice in composition . . . Those of us who love choral music, and who are always searching for the "next great thing", will feel that they have found it in Bednall. His style shows a multiplicity of influences, from Messiaen and Langlais to Howells and Arthur Wills, but already it is truly his own.'

Choral Journal

'The vividness of Bednall's writing reflects the texts, by which he is clearly moved. He has the courage, as Britten had, to be simple when necessary.'

The Tablet

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Composer News

A recording of Bednall's Make We Merry was released on Regent Records in November 2019.

Composer Biography

David Bednall is one of the leading choral composers of his generation. He has an extensive freelance playing and conducting career, and is Organist of The University of Bristol, Sub-organist at Bristol Cathedral, and conducts The University Singers. He won prizes in Improvisation and Performance at the examination for FRCO, and has improvised on live radio, and performed extensively in the UK and abroad. He appeared as stunt-organist on 'Dr Who'. He is most prominent as a composer, and recordings of his works have been extremely well received. A number of his works have been broadcast on radio, and he has been commissioned by St Paul's Cathedral, and The Queen's College, Oxford. His 40-part motet Lux orta est iusto closed the Bristol Proms 2015 and December 2018 saw the premiere of Make We Merry for upper voices, brass, and organ, commissioned by Benenden and the recording of this has been released on Regent Records.

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