Introducing Paul Dunkerley Our Choral Composer Scholar

I am from Oldham near Manchester, and studied at Leeds College of Music for two years doing performance (my
instrument is classical guitar). I am currently halfway through my degree here having chosen to study composition. My fascination has always been with how and why music exists as it does, so composition seemed the logical option for me. Before commencing my studies in Leeds, a significant amount of my practice concentrated on harmony, more recently I have been concentrating on temporal aspects such as rhythm and structure. These undoubtedly influenced my decision to apply for the scholarship.

Both Stravinsky and Debussy feature highly among my favourite composers, whilst closer to home would be Britten
and Adès

My aim is to learn everything I possibly can from Simon and the chorus, about the finer nuances and physical
considerations of vocal writing which must be taken into consideration. These aspects can so easily be overlooked
when putting notes on the page.

I’m striving to deliver a work that encompasses traits of existing choral models, which combine to produce an
innovative contemporary sound.

I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity Leeds Festival Chorus has given me, and shall endeavour to produce
something truly memorable.

Paul Dunkerley
Choral Composer Scholar


Simon Wright, Conductor and Artistic Advisor, adds

This scholarship offers a unique opportunity for someone to work intimately and over a period of more than a year with a chorus of our size and reputation. I would just like to say how happy we are to have Paul ‘on board’ with us and that we look forward to working with him and seeing the fruits of his labours next year.

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