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.
Areas of supervision
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
Publications and research outputs
Redgate, Roger. 2019. Do you hear what I hear? Audiation and the Compositional Process. Principles of Music Composing, 18, pp. 19-27. ISSN 2351-5155
Redgate, Roger. 2019. The ontology of the work: exploring the creative discourse. Contemporary Musicology, 2019-2(2), pp. 43-59. ISSN 2597-9731
Redgate, Roger. 2017. Emergent Material: Reinventing the Compositional Process. Principles of Music Composing, 17, pp. 117-126. ISSN 2351-5155
Redgate, Roger. 1999. Neue Musik in Grossbritannien: Ein Situationsbericht. Musik & Asthetik, 10, pp. 59-66.
Redgate, Roger. 2018. Contemporary British Music: Technique and the Compositional Process. In: P. Archblod and R. Saxton, eds. Contemporary British Music: Technique and the Compositional Process. Ashgate. ISBN 978-0-7546-6367-6
Redgate, Roger. 2017. Notation, Structure and Performance: Towards a Grammatology of Music. In: R. Woodley, ed. Notation and Practice: Essays in Musical Performance and Textuality. Cambridge: Cambridge University of Press.
Redgate, Roger. 1998. Michael Finnissy: The Chamber Music, in Uncommon Ground: The Music of Michael Finnissy. In: Henrietta Brougham; Christopher Fox and Ian Pace, eds. Uncommon Ground: The Music of Michael Finnissy. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 135-168. ISBN ISBN 1 85928365 X
Conference or Workshop Item
Redgate, Roger. 2020. 'Complexity: The Precise Articulation of the Imprecise'. In: Imperfection as an Aesthetic Idea in Music. Institute for Music Aesthetics and the Artistic Research Doctoral School of the University for Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria, Austria 19 – 21 November 2020.