The Hallé is delighted to announce the appointment of Helen Grime as their new Associate Composer, beginning in autumn 2011. Her tenure is initially for three years, and she will be commissioned to compose a world premiere for the 2012/13 season. Existing works by Grime are being programmed for the 2011/12 season.

John Summers, Chief Executive of the Hallé said “Helen Grime is one of the most striking and individual voices in new music, and we believe that she has the potential to develop into one of the most important composers in Britain . We are delighted to be working closely with her - particularly through the commissions written for the Hallé and its associated choirs and ensembles.”

Grime’s music has been performed by some of the UK ’s finest orchestras and ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG), as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

Sir Mark Elder said of the appointment "We are delighted that Helen is joining us, and all of us look forward to her becoming part of the Hallé family. She has amazing talent and I look forward to working with her and conducting her music as she takes on her new position."

Helen Grime studied composition and oboe at the Royal College of Music and since then has attended the Britten-Pears Contemporary Performance and Composition course, and the Aldeburgh Opera Writing workshops. In 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Leonard Bernstein Fellowship to continue her education at the Tanglewood Music Center where she worked with John Harbison, Michael Gandolfi, Shulamit Ran and Augusta Read Thomas.

Recent works include the orchestral composition Everyone Sang, written for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s 75th Birthday. Grime’s music was also featured as one of the Philharmonia’s Music of Today concerts in January 2010 where her Clarinet Concerto received its UK premiere along with a new work for violin and viola, To see the summer sky.

Helen Grime said “The opportunity to work closely with a world class orchestra is a dream come true for any composer, and I am very much looking forward to seeing how my music will develop throughout my appointment as Associate Composer. The Hallé has a very special sound and there is a deep commitment to its associated ensembles and choirs. I am really looking forward to developing relationships with the individual players in the orchestra as well as collaborating with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé's other associated conductors.”

Helen is the 2010 recipient of the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund and the music of Helen Grime is published exclusively by Chester Music Limited.


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