Mr Lawrence Goves

Personal profile

Larry Goves is a composer based in the UK. He has written for the London Sinfonietta, the Nash Ensemble, The LSO, the BBC Philharmonic, Psappha, The Hallé, 175 East, The Continuum Ensemble and many others all over the UK and abroad. He performs live electronics in a variety of contexts in particular with his own group the house of bedlam.

His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and New Zealand’s Concert FM and been released on NMC, Dutton Epoch and the London Sinfonietta’s Jerwood Series. 

He founded, writes for and performs electronics with the experimental music group the house of bedlam. They have performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Faster than Sound 2008, the Purcell Room, non classical at Hoxton’s Macbeth, in the Aldeburgh Festival, in the CCA in Glasgow and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. They have attended residencies at Scotland’s Cove Park and at Aldeburgh Music. 

He places emphasis on collaboration and has worked particularly closely with the performers Oliver Coates, Sarah Nicolls and Tom McKinney. He has also worked closely with the sound designer and artist David Sheppard, composer and DJ mira calix and neuroscientist Beau Lotto.

His closest collaborator is the writer Matthew Welton. He has set a number of Matt’s poems in a variety of contexts including orchestral songs, multi-media works for the London Sinfonietta and chamber theatre works. Matt is also writes for and performs spoken word with the house of bedlam. They are recipients of a Jerwood-Aldeburgh Opera Writing Fellowship and have recently workshopped a substantial section of their opera based on the life of Frank O’Hara I do this I do that.

Larry Goves studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Anthony Gilbert and at Southampton University with Michael Finnissy. In 2011 he was shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Prize in composition. He currently teaches composition at the Royal Northern College of Music and is composer in residence at Royal Holloway University of London.

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