Edmund Hunt

Biography

Edmund joined the Integra Lab in April 2018, as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University, and as Integra Lab Composer in Residence. Edmund graduated from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in January 2018 with a PhD in composition. His doctoral research investigated creative approaches to early medieval text in contemporary composition. As a composer, Edmund writes for singers, ensembles and both live electronics and electroacoustic fixed media. Much of his work is inspired by the sounds, imagery and themes of early medieval texts.

Composition and Research

Edmund’s research focuses on the use of Integra Live electronics to address questions regarding the relationship between voice, text, meaning and comprehension. Current projects include a new work for dancer, string quartet, and Integra Live electronics, based on an Old English poem, and a collaboration with choreographer Malcolm Sutherland. Projects in 2018–19 have included a choral work broadcast on BBC Radio 3, a Cohan Collective composer-choreography residency under the direction of Robert Cohan, and a collaboration with visual artist Jo Berry for an art installation at the Research Centre for Biointerfaces at Malmö University. Other research interests include contemporary and twentieth-century Irish composition, and traditional music in the UK and Ireland.

Achievements

In January 2019, BBC Radio 3 broadcast a 20-minute feature on Edmund’s choral composition, Vita Hominum, which was written for Newcastle based choir The Singers for the Adopt A Composer scheme. In 2018, Edmund was appointed the Rosie Johnson Royal Philharmonic Society/Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer, leading to a new work for Diphonon Duo (accordion and viola), premiered at the Wigmore Hall in June 2018. In April 2018, he was selected for Sound and Music’s ‘New Voices’ composer development scheme, receiving funding and support to compose a work for string quartet, live electronics and dance. In 2017–2018, Edmund was a participant on the ‘Composing for Flute and Clarinet’ composer development project, run by Manchester based new music ensemble Psappha.

Edmund’s music has been performed in contemporary music festivals across Europe, including MusicCurrent (Dublin, 2017), Composit Academy (Italy, 2014) and IConArts (Romania, 2014). In 2014, Edmund’s orchestral piece ‘Argatnél’ was premiered by the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, as part of the LPO’s Leverhulme Young Composers’ Programme.