We are thrilled to announce that composer Samantha Fernando has joined the Rayfield Allied roster.
Described as “prodigiously talented” (Bachtrack) and “a composer with an ear for stillness and subtext” (The Times) the RPS Composition Prize Winner (2013) values resonance and harmonic colour play in her music. This preoccupation yields pieces with an intensely colourful and often meditative quality. Other art-forms are a constant source of inspiration which have prompted exciting interdisciplinary collaborations.
Samantha has worked with numerous ensembles including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Riot Ensemble, The BBC Singers, LOD Muziektheater (Ghent), Silbersee Vocal Ensemble (Amsterdam) and The London Sinfonietta. Her music has been performed at festivals here and abroad such as Aldeburgh Music, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Sounds New, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, York Late Music, Lake District Summer Music and The Oxford Lieder Festival.
Recent works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and released on labels NMC and Coviello Classics. In 2018 she was commissioned to write a new work, Formations, celebrating the 50th birthday of the London Sinfonietta, premiered at the Royal Festival Hall and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
In 2019, Formations was choreographed by Kristen McNally and performed by the Royal Ballet in a showcase of new dance at the Linbury Theatre, ROH. Breathing Space for symphony orchestra was premiered by the Philharmonia Orchestra in Spring 2019, conducted by Martyn Brabbins.
Spring 2021 saw the premiere of the world’s first hyper VR opera Current, Rising, directed by Netia Jones, designed by Jo Scotcher, commissioned and produced by the Royal Opera House and Figment Productions.
We are delighted to welcome Samantha to Rayfield Allied, where she will be managed by Ben Rayfield.