Rory is a composer and conductor based in the rainy city of Manchester. Having just finished his Masters in Composition, he is gradually forging a path in the professional world of music.
Growing up within the English choral tradition as a treble at Bath Abbey, Rory’s musicianship was formed by composers like Howells and Byrd. Luckily having been played plenty of Radiohead and Manic Street Preachers on cassettes in his parents’ car as a kid, his taste broadened to encompass more than just the classical sphere. Nowadays, Rory enjoys listening to Renaissance polyphony and contemporary art music alongside R&B and 90's hiphop.
Rory is passionate about encouraging people to engage with contemporary music, opening their ears to new possibilities and sound worlds. He admires the ORA Singers for their commitment to new music and is thoroughly looking forward to working with them.
Last week was Holy Week, the most important week in the Christian calendar…Read More
In this post-modern world it’s easy to feel uncertain of where to start with tonality - and consequently harmony (the former informing the latter)…Read More
For most of us, our first forays into writing choral music will come in the form of opportunities with ensembles we are associated with, whether that’s a school choir, a church choir - or even a children’s choir if you’re some kind of Mozartian genius…Read More
Since the ORA Singers releases today their new album ‘Desires – A Song of Songs Collection’, I thought I’d talk a bit about…Read More
Recently, I’ve been witness to a fair amount of worry and discontent from my composer friends…Read More
The voice is one of the most versatile of instruments. Aside from the standard singing of words on a melodic or harmonic line, there is plenty that a singer can do to create interesting sounds…Read More
I am currently sat in a coffee shop, trying to plan out a piece of music for a commission I have coming up…Read More
Leading on from the exciting prospects of Stephanie’s piece and the beautifully evocative poetry she is working with, I’d also like to bring us into the New Year talking about text, and how to decide what to do with it.Read More
It is a pleasure to write the first blog post for the Composer Create and ORA Singers collaboration…Read More