• Florence Anna Maunders

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    "...mere words cannot describe the vibrant orchestration [or] the inventive choral writing..." - Fiona Bennett (on Yaldo)

     

    "...this piece is terrific!" - Clark Rundell (on Underpass)

     

    "Our great timpanist and percussionist" - Roselise Gentile

  • About

    Information about multiple-international-award-winning Florence Anna Maunders & her career

    Work

    Beside composing Flori also performs regularly as a freelance orchestral percussionist, teaches piano (for Berkshire Maestros), teaches music classes to A-Level (for St Bartholomew's School), conducts choirs & orchestras, accompanies choirs, shows & recitals (for example Newbury Childrens' Choir), sings with various chamber groups, produces arrangements for bands and orchestras of all abilities & plays piano & organ for church services around the local area.

    Biography

    Florence Anna Maunders started to compose music when she was a teenager, and her early tape-based pieces from this time reveal an early fascination with the unusual juxtapositions of sounds and collisions of styles which have been a hallmark of her music-making ever since. This is perhaps a reflection of the music which interested and excited her from a very young age – medieval dance music, prog-rock, electronic minimalism, bebop jazz, Eastern folk music, the music of Stravinsky & Messiaen, and the grand orchestral tradition of the European concert hall. Flori started out young, as a chorister, clarinetist and saxophone player, but following an undergraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Anthony Gilbert, Adam Gorb, Simon Holt & Clark Rundell, she's enjoyed a mixed and international career as a jazz pianist, orchestral percussionist, vocalist, composer and teacher, and continues to be enormously busy in her forty-first year, although composition is taking up more and more of her time.

    Stylistic Fingerprints

    One of her main aims as a composer has always been to write music which excites and moves an audience – not to say that she has embraced populism, but that her music often pulsates and dances, or allows the luxury of melody to dominate. Her music often draws together a number of different stylistic currents to make something totally new and original, for instance her recent (and extensive) cantata Yaldo draws upon Syrian folk music, the music of the Byzantine Church in the middle ages, free jazz, Hebrew cantillation & complex Stravinskian rhythms to create a compulsive and explosive sound world. With a background in electronic music production, it's not surprising to hear the influence of dance culture in her compositions often to the fore – as an example take the piece Badder Gyrations, an “urban orchestral riot” which grows into a growling dubsteb-flavoured groove, before fragmenting into a kaleidoscopic melee of broken and recycled funk and soul fragments, coming together into a pulsating trance beat.

    Recent & Upcoming Events

    Flori has been recently working on a number of exciting projects: a concerto entitled Io for the clarinetist Thomas Carr, commissioned by Newbury Symphony Orchestra, which was performed this summer; Da Pacem Domine - an a capella vocal piece for the Cecilia Consort, and a solo piano piece commissioned by the Piano Teachers Congress of New York, which will be performed next year in Carnegie Hall. Her piece Power Moves VI was recently premiered by Red Note Ensemble as part of Noisy Nights. She also has planned premières of her music this season across the world - in particular Bursting Out (for harpsichord and mixed quintet) which will be performed in Amsterdam in April, Rhakasa Tuphani (for solo piano) in New York, and Bacchanal (for large orchestra) in London in March. 2020 will also see the premiere of Looking For More - a concerto for bass oboe and strings commissioned by the wonderful virtuoso Mikey Sluman.

  • Awards

    Selection of recent prizes and awards

    Diversity Initiative Call for Scores (2020)

    1st Prize (Quartet) 1st Prize (Septet) Honorable Mention (Duet) Overall Grand Prize Winner

    A4 Brass Quartet Composition Competition (2020)

    Shortlisted Finalist

    Brixworth International Composition Competition (2020)

    1st Place Winner

    Women's Orchestra of Arizona Composition Prize (2020)

    1st Place Winner

    London Consorts of Winds Competition (2020)

    Shortlisted Finalist & Runner-up

    Prix Annelie de Man 2020

    Finalist (results postponed due to Covid-19)

    Black Pencil Prize 2020

    Finalist (results postponed due to Covid-19)

    Musica Prospettiva 2019-2020 - International Call for Scores

    Finalist

    International Isolda Composition Foundation London (2019)

    Shortlisted & Finalist

    Filipino American Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition (2019)

    2nd Prize

    Piano Teachers Congress of New York (PTCNY) Commissioning Award (2018)

    Commissioning award for a new piece to be performed in Carnegie Hall (NYC) in Fall 2020

    Royal Northern Symphonia Young Composers' Competition (2018)

    Finalist & 2nd prizewinner

    ARmusic Publishing House Award (2018)

    "Khosk Im Vordum" (Words From My Mother) - a piece for solo (spoken) soprano & double-reed quartet to be published by ARMusic

    2018 AGBU Sayat Nova International Composition Competition

    3rd prize for Khosk Im Vordun (Words from My Mother) - a piece for solo (spoken) soprano & double-reed quartet

    Bromley Symphony Orchestra Centenary Prize (2018)

    Orchestra's choice prizewinner

    Vienna "Sounds of Matter" (2018)

    2nd prizewinner

    International Composition Competition Harelbeke (2018)

    Honorable Mention

  • Monthly Music Blog

    Premieres, Commissions, Prizes, Performances and Concerts

    June 30, 2020
    Another month without face-to-face music making, without live performances to a present audience, without any direct musical collaboration. Everything is at arms' length, delayed and detached. We're all worried about the future of our ensembles, orchestras, choirs and venues -the whole future of...
    May 31, 2020
    Not gonna lie. This month was hard. Music is such a big part of my life. I was asked, "What other interests do you have, outside music", and I really had to think for a moment. I've really missed making music, listening to music, being with musicians, teaching music, composing music... sure I've...
    April 30, 2020
    A month at home. A month without music? Well not exactly... There's been a lot going on actually in terms of music-making and music-writing this month. Across the world, musicians have programmed concerts from their own houses and apartments, and they've called out to composers to provide new...
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  • Selection of Work

    A selection of recent and historical performances

    "Fleeting Images"

    Wind Quintet for players of the Moonlight Symphony Orchestra

    "Badder Gyrations"

    Performed by the Royal Northern Sinfonia at The Sage Gateshead

    "Bacchanal"

    For large orchestra - played by Bromley Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adrian Brown

    "Kraken II"

    Live performance from The Anvil, Basingstoke, performed by Clifton Band, conducted by Ben Copeman, and narrated by Neil Streeter.

    "B'thulto Yeldath Dumoro"

    The 6th movement of the Christmas cantata "Yaldo" performed by Newbury Chamber Choir directed by Ed Lambert

    "Peeping Out"

    For amplified flute & electronics

    "Breathelated Spirits"

    Quirky track from the album Jazzsteppin' - available on Bandcamp (click link to buy)

    "...and This Machine Was Their God"

    Trio for clarinet, 'cello & percussion (2018) based on the writings of Karl Marx, jazz & post-minimalism.

    "Chain Growth"

    2nd Prize winner at the 2018 "Sounds of Matter" competition in Vienna

    "Symphonia Concertante"

    Extended piece for cello & orchestra performed by Nicholas Trystead & the RNCMSO

  • Education 

    Royal Northern College Of Music

    BMus(hons) GRNCM PPRNCM

    Composition

    University Of Reading

    PGCE

    Secondary Music

    Birmingham City University

    Listen Imagine Compose MTL/MEL

    Masters in Education/Musical Leadership

  • Article in South London Press Mar 2020

    Article on Planet Hugill Mar 2020

    Article in Diapason (French) Feb 2020

    Article in "Slipped Disc" Feb 2020

    Article in Piano Teachers Congress of New York Jan 2020

    Article in AGBU Jan 2019

    Instagram Post Dec 2019

    Review in Newbury Weekly News Dec 2018

    Article in Newbury Weekly News Dec 2018

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