I am a composer and performer from south London. My work tends to feature intimate collaboration and found materials.
Since 2013 I have worked with Bastard Assignments; curating, performing and contributing work to regular shows in London and internationally. In 2019 we have performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, Spor Festival in Aarhus and nyMusikk in Oslo and released an album. In 2018 we recorded a session for Late Junction on Radio 3 and travelled to Chicago for performances with Mocrep. Our performances at Southbank Centre in 2016 and Wellcome Collection in 2017 were broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. From 2017-2019 we were resident on the Open Space programme at Snape Maltings. Bastard Assignments have featured in articles and profiles in the Guardian, the Telegraph, The Wire, Frieze, Positionen, Neue Zeitschrift für Musik and Financial Times.
In 2020 and 2021 Bastard Assignments embarked on a programme of online only pieces: Lockdown Jams. We made our own and commissioned leading composers and choreographers to make them for us funded by the Arts Council England Covid-19 Emergency Grant. I am making pieces for piano and electric guitar with Lewis Spear and for violin with Amanda Bailey.
My piece Flower was recorded by the BBC at the Aldeburgh Festival 2019 and was later broadcast on the New Music Show. Other significant performances of my work include Will at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo in 2020, Hold at 2017’s hcmf// and Tape Piece at LCMF 2015. I have made two theatrical pieces, Manspangled and Hum, both of which were performed at Kings Place. In 2018 I was a featured composer at Borough New Music.
I studied music at the University of Cambridge and composition at Trinity Laban where I was awarded the Directors’ Prize for Composition. In 2016 I was a member of Jennifer Walshe and David Helbich’s Composer-Performer workshop at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt.
I write about music for The Wire and Positionen. I wrote about Bastard Assignments in relation to Jennifer Walshe’s essay The New Discipline in ‘Die Neue Disziplin’, MusikTexte 149.
I teach composition and music history at City Lit, Morley College and Trinity Laban’s junior department and run a community choir for Certitude.
© 2021 Edward Henderson