Professor in Composition, Director Contemporary Music Research Unit
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Roger Redgate graduated at the Royal College of Music, where he won prizes for composition, violin performance, harmony and counterpoint, studying composition with Edwin Roxburgh and electronic music with Lawrence Casserley. A DAAD scholarship enabled him to study with Brian Ferneyhough and Klaus Huber in Freiburg. From 1989 to 1992 he was Northern Arts Composer Fellow, he has lectured at Durham and Newcastle Universities. He was invited as guest composer and conductor at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992 and 1994 where he received the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis for composition. He is conductor and artistic director of Ensemble Exposé, with whom he has performed at many European festivals and on BBC Radio 3 and recently released a CD of music by Brian Ferneyhough.
He has worked in the fields of jazz, improvised music, film and television (including programmes for the BBC and Channel 4), and performance art. His compositions have been performed extensively throughout Europe, Australia and the USA and he has received commissions from the BBC, the French Ministry of Culture, the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, the Venice Biennale and Ensemble 21 New York. He has published articles on music and culture, the music of Brian Ferneyhough and Michael Finnissy, including a chapter in the book Uncommon Ground: The Music of Michael Finnissy.
CD recordings of his works are available on the Coviello, Oboe Classics, NMC, Metier and Edition Zeitklang labels and further recordings are in preparation due for release on the Metier and NMC labels. His compositions are published by Editions Henry Lemoine, Paris, United Music Publishers, London and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Current Postgraduate Research Students in Composition:
Maja Mitrovic (Submitted)
Mizuka Yamamoto (Performance) (submitted)
Oboe Quintet and Eperons, on Greatest Hits of All Time (Metier msv 28513). Recorded by Christopher Redgate/Kreutzer Quartet/Julian Warburton.
Residua. Recorded by Jane Chapman on Wired (NMC D145)
Complete Piano Music: Pas au-delà, Genoi Hoios Essi, Eidos, Beuys, trace-arc-écart, Monk. Recorded by Nicolas Hodges on Coviello Contemporary COV60809
Ausgangspunkte Recorded by Christopher Redgate on Oboe Classics (CC2015)
+R Recorded by Rolf Borch on Step Inside, Aurora (ACD 5046)
+R Recorded by Andrew Sparling (NMC D092)
Mirlitonnades Recorded by Katherine Durran and Alison Smart on New French Song (Metier MSV CD92100)
écart Recorded by Thalia Myers (piano) on Spectrum USK Recordings (USK 1227CDD)
ruins true refuge Recorded by Corado Canonici on A Roaring Flame (NMC D079)
Eperons Recorded by Peter Veale and Olaf Tzschoppe (Trio Surplus), Edition Zeitklang, Germany.
arc Recorded by Thalia Myers (piano) on Spectrum (NMC 0057)
trace Recorded by Thalia Myers (piano) on Spectrum (NMC 0051)
Brian Ferneyhough: Chamber Music - Allgebrah, Flurries, Incipits, In Nomine EnsembleExposé on Metier (MSV 28504)
Edwin Roxburgh: Oboe Music - Elegy, EnsembleExposé, Metier
Joanna Bailie: Waning
Mary Bellamy: Earth and Sky Reflect Each Other
Joe Cutler: Visions of a Floating World
Sam Hayden: Recoil
Jonathan Powell: Saturnine
Luke Stoneham: Rictus Heads
Sohrab Uduman: In Accord – In motion
All for Critical Notice/BMIC MP3 Downloads
Joe Cutler: Visions of a Floating World, Unknown Public/BMIC (UPCN01)
Fabrice Fitch: Filigranes pour les Freres Limbourg, on Wind-Up, Metier (MSV CD92042)
Richard Barrett: what remains, Topologies, Musicworks 72, Toronto, Canada
Michael Finnissy: The Chamber Music, Etcetera (KTC 1096) with Roger Redgate –violin
Tehom (bass clarinet, cello and trombone). Commissioned by the ELISION Ensemble, Australia
TAG (soprano saxophone and guitar). Commissioned by Ensemble Cattrall, Switzerland
Concerto for Improvising Soloist and Two Ensembles. Commissioned by the Huddersfield Festival.
String Quartet No 3 Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for the Arditti String Quartet
monk (solo piano) Commissioned by Nicolas Hodges
Labyrinths (prepared piano and harpsichord/clavichord) Commissioned by Kate Ryder and Jane Chapman.
Koan (prepared piano, toy piano and music box) Commissioned by Kate Ryder.
Residua (solo harpsichord) Commissioned by Jane Chapman for the Oxford Contemporary Music Series.
Disjecta (solo 10 string guitar) Commissioned by Anders Forsidal for the Ultima Festival, Oslo.
Quintet for Oboe and Strings Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for Christopher Redgate and the Kreutzer String Quartet.
mirlitonnades (soprano and piano) Texts by Samuel Beckett. Commissioned by Katherine Durran and Alison Smart.
…still… (bass flute, string trio and harp). Commissioned by BBC Radio 3.
ruins true refuge(solo double bass). Commissioned by Corrado Canonici.
Atemkristall (amplified quarter-tone flute) Commissioned by Ann La Berge/The Northern Arts Association.
Pierrot on the Stage of Desire (small ensemble). Commissioned by Ensemble 21, New York.
Vers-Glas (14 amplified voices). Commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture/Fondation Royaumont.
Celan Songs (soprano and small ensemble). Texts by Paul Celan. Commissioned by The Cambridge New Music Players/The Northern Arts Association.
Graffiti (soprano saxophone). Commissioned by Stephen Cottrell/ The Northern Arts Association.
Feu la Cendre (solo cello). Commissioned by Julia Ryder/The Northern Arts Association.
Beuys (solo piano). Commissioned by the Almeida Festival for Yvar Mikashoff, Almeida Festival, London.
+R (solo clarinet). Commissioned by Roger Heaton / The Northern Arts Association.
Inventio (soprano sax/ensemble). Commissioned by the Darmstädter Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik.
Pas au-dela (solo piano). Commissioned by James Clapperton.
Eperons (oboe and percussion). Commissioned by Christopher Redgate and Elizabeth Davies.
Eidos (solo piano). Commissioned by Oxford University Press for Michael Finnissy
String Quartet No 2. Commissioned by the Venice Biennale for the Arditti String Quartet
…of torn Pathways (violin/2 percussionists). Commissioned by the New MacNaughten Concerts for Music Projects/London. Funded by the Arts Council of England
Eos (clarinet and piano). Commissioned by Roger Heaton and Susan Bradshaw.
String Quartet No 1. First performance: Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, by the Arditti String Quartet.
Ausgangspunkte (solo oboe). Commissioned by Christopher Redagte.
Genoi Hoios Essi (solo piano). Commissioned by the Greater London Arts Association for Barry Douglas.
écart (solo piano). Published in Spectrum 4. Commissioned by Thalia Myers and The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
arc (solo piano). Published in Spectrum 2. Commissioned by Thalia Myers and The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
trace (solo piano). Published in Spectrum: 20 contemporary works for solo piano. Commissioned by Thalia Myers and The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
IGLOO Director Ian Cottage. Commissioned by the BBC/Arts Council of England forBBC 2's Sound on Film. First Screening: The Scientific Society Lecture Theatre, London 1999.
SLEEP Director Ian Cottage. Commissioned by the British Film Institute and Channel 4. First Screening: Channel 4, 1988
Informer Director Ian Cottage. Commissioned by Channel 4 in association with Common Features. First Screening: Channel 4, 1998
moments and contacts Director Lars Reimer. Featuring Roger Redgate as composer and conductor. First Screening: Hamburg, 1997
Mangetout Director Ian Cottage. Commissioned by the BBC for the 10 x 10 series. First Screening: London International Film Festival.
Blue Scars Director Ian Cottage. Commissioned by the South Bank International Poetry Festival. First Screening: Purcell Room, The South Bank Centre, 1995.
Small Gestures Director Ian Cottage. Music for an experimental documentary featuring Derek Jarman. First Screening: London International Film Festival, 1994.
Notation, Structure and Performance: Towards a Grammatology of Music in Notation and Practice: Essays in Musical Performance and Textuality Woodley, R (Ed) Cambridge University Press
Contemporary British Music: Technique and the Compositional Process, Archbold, P and Saxton, R (eds), Ashgate 2008. ISBN 978-0-7546-6367-6
Brian Ferneyhough's Etudes Transcendantales in Contemporary Music Review, Vol 20, part 1. Harwood Academic Publishers, 2001. pp 70-100. ISBN 90-5755-159-4
Marginalisierung und Subversion in Musik & Asthetik , vol 13, January 2000. Ludwig Holtmeier, Richard Klein and Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf (eds). Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 1999. pp 94-98. ISBN 3-608-98587-5
Neue Musik in Grossbritannien: Ein Situationsbericht , in Musik & Asthetik , volume 10, April 1999. Ludwig Holtmeier, Richard Klein and Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf (eds). Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 1999. 59-66 ISBN 3- 608-98584-0.
'Michael Finnissy: The Chamber Music' in Uncommon Ground: The Music of Michael Finnissy. Henrietta Brougham, Christopher Fox and Ian Pace (eds) Aldershot, Ashgate, 1998, pp 135-168. ISBN 1 85928365 X
Brian Ferneyhough - Collected Writings : Specialist Review for Harwood Academic Publishers.
"Brian Ferneyhough as Teacher' in Aspects of Complexity in Recent British Music, Contemporary Music Review , Vol 13, Harwood Academic Publishers, 1995. pp 19-24 ISBN 3-7186-5574-8
Duncan, Stuart: An Analysis of impulse strands in Roger Redgate’s 'Genoi Hoios Essi'
Redgate, Christopher: Contemporary British Oboe Music 2: The Music of Roger Redgate, IDRS Journal Vol. 31 No 2, 2008
Redgate, Christopher: A Discussion of Practices Used in Complex Music with Specific Reference to Roger Redgate’s 'Ausgangspunkte', Contemporary Performance, Contemporary Music Review. Volume 26, part 2. ISSN 0749-4467 pp 141-149
Redgate, Christopher: Re-inventing the Oboe, Contemporary Performance, Contemporary Music Review. Volume 26, part 2. ISSN 0749-4467 pp 179-188
Susteck, Domimk: Metzler Komponistenlexikon (german text) Stuttgart 2003, Metzler/ Bärenreiter.
Fox, Christopher: Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Vol 21, pp 56. ISBN 1-56159-239-0
Forisdal, Anders: Om Roger Redgate (Norwegian text, Parergon)
Loraine, Ross: 'Contemporaries' Ross Loraine introduces the music of a New Complexity Original. Published by the British Music Information Centre.
Biddle, Ian: Ego, Desire and the Rebirth of the Composer Function: Roger Redgate's Recent Music (German text), Musik & Asthetik, vol. II, 1999. Ludwig Holtmeier, Richard Klein and Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf (eds). Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 1999. ISBN 3-608-98586-7
Barrett, Richard: Critical/Convulsive- The Music of Roger Redgate, Aspects of Complexity in Recent British Music. Contemporary Music Review, Harwood Academic Publishers, 1995. pp 133-146. ISBN 0749-4467
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