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Samantha Fernando (Choral Composition, 2021)Samantha Fernando

Samantha Fernando

Finalist in 2021 for Choral Composition

Samantha Fernando utilises resonance and harmonic colour, which play a vital role in her music. This preoccupation yields pieces with an intensely vibrant and often meditative quality. In 2019 her work Formations was choreographed by Kristen McNally and performed by the Royal Ballet. Breathing Space for symphony orchestra was premiered by the Philharmonia Orchestra in Spring 2019, conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

In 2013, she was awarded an RPS Composition Prize and was commissioned to write a new work for the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of the Music of Today series. Samantha’s music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and her flute piece Kinesphere was released on NMC last year. She was commissioned to write a new work celebrating the 50th birthday of the London Sinfonietta, premiered at the Royal Festival Hall in January 2018 and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. In June 2018, her music was showcased in a portrait concert at Kettle’s Yard Cambridge. Current commissions for 2020 include a new work for the BBC Singers and a hyper VR opera, directed by Netia Jones, designed by Jo Scotcher and produced by the Royal Opera House and Figment Productions.