David Gorton Recordings

The music of David Gorton first began to receive attention in 2001 when he was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize while still a student.  The subsequent commission for the London Sinfonietta, Oblique Prayers , outlined a distinctive and unique sound-world described by one commentator as combining “an acute imagination for delicate timbral invention with a prodigious command of the unfolding of this half-hour ritual drama” (The Independent).

Since then a number of central concerns have emerged in subsequent works; a fascination with the malleability of musical time in live performance, the extension of instrumental techniques and tuning systems, and a penchant for virtuosity and extreme gestures. These can all be found in the two Sonatas for solo cello (for Neil Heyde), Sonnentode (for Jane Manning and Jane’s Minstrels), Erinnerungsspiel and Schmetterlingsspiel (for Christopher Redgate), String Quartet: Trajectories (commissioned by Tate St Ives for the Kreutzer Quartet), and the orchestral piece The Fall of Babel (premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra). Similar concerns are also to be found in microcosm in two pieces published by ABRSM for amateur musicians: Prelude after d’Anglebert for piano (in Spectrum 4 ), and the 2nd String Quartet (in Spectrum for String Quartet ).

David Gorton currently lives in Cambridgeshire and is Associate Head of Research at the Royal Academy of Music in London.