• Florence Anna Maunders

    Composer

     

     

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

     

    "...a wonderful crescendo of just outright queer orchestration..." - Robert Timestra

     

    "...super-cool rhythm – biting and progressive..." - Anna Edwards

     

    "...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

    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 arranger, electronic music producer and teacher. Since 2018 she's had a bit of a radical transformation of her self and her career, and returned to composition as a main artistic focus, winning a series of awards & competitions, and with her music performed across the UK, Europe, the USA and the rest of the world - performances and collaborations with leading ensembles, orchestras and soloists.

     

    Flori is very grateful for the assistance she's received from Help Musicians UK

    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. Flori particularly enjoys collaborating with other musicians and creative artists. She's found that her identity as a transgender woman (and the formative experiences involved in reaching that point) to have had a profound influence on her perspectives towards composition, and this is overtly referenced in some works, more subtle in others - but in all cases her interest in musical transformations is very evident to even a casual listener.

    Recent & Upcoming Events

    Flori has been recently working on a number of exciting projects, although many of her performances and premieres have been put on hold by the current global pandemic. She's currently working on a major commission with Strange Trace Opera - a new opera called Goliath, which will be recorded and filmed as part of the Stencils Festival in 2021. She's also collaborating with Fulham Brass Band as part of Sound and Music's very exciting "Adopt A Music Creator" program, and is composing in an ongoing participation with the NYC-based The Brass Project, in addition to new commissions from ORA Singers (a new piece called Vessel in collaboration with Tate Modern), the Villiers Quartet and the Hypotenuse Trio. She's also working on a new piece for 'cello and piano as part of the Psappha "Composing for..." program, and newly commissioned solo works for Lynn Henderson, Stephanie Frye-Clarke, Cort Reynolds and others. In addition she's working on the score to an upcoming short film...

    Other 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.

  • Awards

    Selection of recent prizes and awards

    International Guitar Federation (2021)

    Commissioned to write a new piece for solo guitar

    LGBTViola Competition (2021)

    Winner

    Villiers Quartet "From Home" Commissions (2021)

    Commissioned to write for the quartet

    Hypotenuse Trio Call For Scores (2020)

    Selected to be commissioned to write a new piece

    ORA Singers Emergency Composers' Fund (2020)

    Selected and commissioned to write a new piece in collaboration with Tate Modern

    Adopt A Music Creator (2020-21)

    Selected to work with Fulham Brass Band

    Psappha "Composing for..." Scheme (2020)

    Selected on the 'cello & piano scheme

    Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize (2020)

    Shortlisted Finalist

    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

    Black Pencil Prize 2020

    Honorable Mention

    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

    February 28, 2021
    A lot of my composing time this month has been dedicated to creating the soundtrack for Robert Timestra's upcoming short "Querent" - a rather exciting project. Since I'm the composer, performer, sound engineer and producer on this soundtrack, it's been pretty busy. It's been a really interesting...
    This is the third part of a blog series I'm writing about the process of creating an opera as a commission for Strange Trace Opera's Stencils Festival 2021. Part one of the blog can be found here, and part two is here. Around the middle of January I was utterly delighted to receive an email...
    January 26, 2021
    The first month of 2021, and we were all hoping for a new, fresh start - but instead it looks like the continuing pandemic is getting worse, not better. Who knows at this point when we'll be able to get back to regular live music making, concert going and face-to-face music teaching? But...
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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

    "Nest/Mound"

    Duet for piano and percussion performed by the GBSR Duo as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Festval 2020

    "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

  • Buy My Music! 

    Easily downloadable high-quality PDF files, including full performance rights

    Transmission II (brass septet)

    Transmission II (brass septet)

    17.99
    This is my piece Transmission II for a brass septet of 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, horn, euphonium and tuba.

    This is a pulsating and exciting piece suitable for moderately advanced players, with a duration of approximately 8 minutes.

    The PDF file contains performance notes, a full score and a complete set of parts. Alternate brass transpositions and arrangements may be available on request. Additionally, when purchasing this score you'll also receive individual performance rights for this piece, and the right to record for personal, competition, reference or other non-commercial uses.
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    Florence Anna Maunders - Transmission I (brass sextet)

    Florence Anna Maunders - Transmission I (brass sextet)

    14.99
    This is my piece Transmission I for a brass sextet of 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, horn and tuba.

    This is a pulsating and exciting piece suitable for moderately advanced players, with a duration of approximately 3 minutes.

    The PDF file contains performance notes, a full score and a complete set of parts. Alternate brass transpositions and arrangements may be available on request. Additionally, when purchasing this score you'll also receive individual performance rights for this piece, and the right to record for personal, competition, reference or other non-commercial uses.
    Coming soon
    Florence Anna Maunders - Fleeting Images (wind quintet)

    Florence Anna Maunders - Fleeting Images (wind quintet)

    14.99
    This is a printable PDF of the score, parts and performance notes of my piece "Fleeting Images" for a Wind Quintet of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn. The piece is about 4 and half minutes long, and a video performance is available to watch on YouTube or on this site.

    When purchasing this score you'll also receive individual/group/ensemble performance rights for this piece, and the right to record for personal, competition, reference or other non-commercial uses. Please get in touch if you want to program this in a concert (I'd like to know - it's exciting!)
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    Florence Anna Maunders - Alone Again (solo euphonium)

    Florence Anna Maunders - Alone Again (solo euphonium)

    14.99
    This is my piece Alone Again for solo euphonium.

    This is an expressive solo piece suitable for advanced players, with a duration of approximately 3m45s.

    The PDF file contains performance notes and the music for both B flat treble clef euphonium and C bass clef euphonium. When purchasing this score you'll also receive individual performance rights for this piece, and the right to record for personal, competition, reference or other non-commercial uses.
    Coming soon
  • Press/Media

    Article in 4-Bars-Rest October 2020

    Interview on Jazz South UK Sept 2020

    From "100 Days of Social Listening"

    Interview and performance of collaboration with PRISM Ensemble July 2020

    Video Interview with The Diversity Initiative Jun 2020

    Page on Help Musicians UK Jun 2020

    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

    Article in Newbury Weekly News Dec 2018

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