Winner announced for festival Discovery commission

Festival Discovery Commission

We are pleased to announce that composer and performer Greg Harradine has been selected to produce an original piece of work on the theme of Discovery.

In an novel approach inspired by the chemistry of Epsom Salts, Greg will be composing a new musical work by converting the atomic numbers of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen (Mg, S and O) into musical notes. This new work, written for piano and cello, will pay homage to Epsom, and retell, through music, the story of the medicinal salt’s discovery in 1618.

The proposal was selected from diverse high-quality applications of all genres, that came in from artists throughout the UK. The final judging panel included: Mark Hudson, Head of Graphic Design at University for the Creative Arts, international festivals producer Yemisi Mokuolu, composer-musician Ben Tompsett and MGSO4’s festival director Maria Reeves.

Greg, who is originally from Norwich but now Chessington-based, graduated from Kingston University in 2010 after achieving a first-class degree in music technology and composition, and has been writing music and performing around the country ever since.

He has won several awards for previous compositions, including the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Award in 2014 and being a finalist in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Songwriting Competition in 2015.

He said: “I am thrilled to be commissioned to compose a new piece for the MGSO4 Festival in 2018. To be able to contribute to the second year of this exciting festival is an honour. The festival theme of ‘Discovery’ is an inspirational one, and I look forward to embarking on my own journey of discovery as I begin work on the new composition.”

As well as the chance to hear Greg’s piece performed in July, there will be opportunities to attend his workshops at the festival; schools, community groups and local musicians will also be able to get involved in Greg’s musical project in the months beforehand.

Festival Director Maria Reeves said: “Greg’s idea really stood out as an original way to share the story of the discovery of Epsom Salts 400 years ago. He is a very talented young composer and we can’t wait to hear what he comes up with. The festival team will be working to ensure that as many people as possible can get involved in some way in such an exciting arts project.”

Details will be announced in the New Year.