Laura Bowler

Composer

"There’s no denying Bowler’s defiant charisma: a cross between Cathy Berberian and Pussy Riot"

The Spectator

"a triple threat composer-performer-provocatrice"

The Arts Desk

"A challenging piece with a lot to say.....if FFF is going to be appreciated properly, it needs to be seen, heard and taken very seriously indeed"

5against4

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Laura Bowler, described as “a triple threat composer-performer-provocatrice” (The Arts Desk) is a composer, vocalist and Artistic Director specialising in theatre, multi-disciplinary work and opera. She has been commissioned across the globe by ensembles and orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, ROH2, Opera Holland Park, The Opera Group, Manchester Camerata, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Quatuor Bozzini (Canada), Ensemble Phace (Austria), Ensemble Linea (France) and Omega Ensemble (Australia).

Her recent projects include; a music theatre work, FFF, for ensemble and vocalist commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; Feminine Hygiene, a multimedia work for large ensemble and vocalist commissioned by the BBC Philharmonic and Sounds from the Other City Festival; Damned Mob of Scribbling Women- a 20 minute music theatre song cycle for Lucy Goddard which was nominated for a British Composer Award; and Antarctica, a 50 minute multimedia work for orchestra and vocalist co-commissioned by Manchester Camerata and BBC Radio 3.

As a vocal soloist she has performed and premiered works internationally, including the premiere of Louis Aguirre’s The Way The Dead Love as part of European Capital of Culture Aarhus programme and the world and Canadian premieres of Jennifer Walshe’s boxing opera, Training is the Opposite. She is also the vocalist in contemporary music ensemble, Ensemble Lydenskab based in Aarhus, Denmark, and has recently formed a duo with Red Note Ensemble’s flautist, Ruth Morley. Upcoming projects include Gold a music theatre work based on Rumpelstiltskin for Riot Ensemble with librettist Alasdair Middleton, and a new multimedia work for multidisciplinary group, Decoder Ensemble for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, a multimedia work for composer/pianist Zubin Kanga, as well as new smaller scale works for singer Alwynne Pritchard and nyckelharpist Robert Bentall.

Laura completed her BMus (Hons) at the RNCM and Sibelius Academy (Finland), followed by her MMus and PhD at the Royal Academy of Music. She also completed an MA in Theatre Directing at RADA. She is currently Lecturer in Composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Northern College of Music.

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Laura Bowler reviews

the connotations of Bowler’s music are rich and multi-layered, but quite apart from that, it is so, so refreshing to hear a composer seeking to tap into something genuinely extreme, a quality that often feels lost from the contemporary concert hall

5against4

Laura Bowler’s Salutem provides a forceful representation of multiple epochs of human civilization, affording the ensemble the chance to let loose: even scream with abandon

Sequenza 21

There’s no denying Bowler’s defiant charisma: a cross between Cathy Berberian and Pussy Riot

The Spectator

a triple threat composer-performer-provocatrice

The Arts Desk

A challenging piece with a lot to say, Bowler wielded just enough humour to reinforce the points she was trying to make, but if FFF is going to be appreciated properly, it needs to be seen, heard and taken very seriously indeed

5against4

Edgy and violent

BBC Music Magazine

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