Miss Samantha Fernando

Samantha Fernando

Miss Samantha Fernando

Lecturer in Composition

Phone: +44 1784 443946

Personal profile

Samantha was appointed as a Lecturer in Composition in September 2015 and teaches on a variety of composition courses. For more information about her work and upcoming performances please see www.samanthafernando.com.

Resonance and harmonic colour play a vital role in Samantha’s music. This preoccupation yields pieces with an intensely colourful and often meditative quality.  Other art-forms are a constant source of inspiration which have prompted collaborations with writers, directors, animators and performers.

Samantha (b.1984) has worked with numerous ensembles including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Riot Ensemble, the choir of Selwyn College Cambridge, LOD Muziektheater (Ghent), Silbersee Vocal Ensemble (Amsterdam) and The London Sinfonietta. Her music has been performed at festivals here and abroad such as Aldeburgh Music, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Sounds New, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, York Late Music, Lake District Summer Music and The Oxford Lieder Festival.

In 2013, she was awarded an RPS Composition Prize and was commissioned to write a new work for the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of the Music of Today series. Samantha’s music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and her flute piece Kinesphere was released on NMC last year. This year she was commissioned to write a new work celebrating the 50th birthday of the London Sinfonietta, premiered at the Royal Festival Hall in January and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. In June this year, her music was showcased in a portrait concert at Kettle’s Yard Cambridge.

Upcoming commissions include a new work for the Philharmonia Orchestra in Spring 2019, conducted by Martyn Brabbins.





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