Wigmore Hall
Purcell Room
St Johns, Smith Square
Royal Festival Hall
Barbican Centre
Maida Vale Studios
BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester Fairfield Halls, Croydon
Britten Theatre
RCM Goldsmith's College
School of Oriental and African Studies
Battersea Arts Centre
National Theatre
Huddersfield CMF
Brighton Festival
St Ives Music Festival
Kettle's Yard, Cambridge
ISCM Festival, Manchester
Winchester Music Festival
Notting Hill MayFest
KlangZeit Münster
Documenta, Kassel
Glastonbury Festival
Poole Arts Centre
Kneller Hall
York University
National Library, Dublin
Tröppen Institute, Amsterdam
Korso Theatre, The Hague
Plaza Futura, Eindhoven
Opera House, Lyon
Ubersee Museum, Bremen
Museum Kurhaus, Kleve
Koster-Bentlage, Rheine

Symon Clarke

Symon has been a Shortlisted Composer several times for the Society for the Promotion of New Music and Sound and Music.



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As a student at Kingston University Symon composed music for string orchestra, two string quartets for the Medici String Quartet and a large scale orchestral piece, to a commission from the Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra, entitled The Place of the Solitaires, which was performed to critical acclaim at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon.

He won first prize in the Greater London Arts Young Composers Competition in 1981 with a piece for clarinet and piano. The success of these compositions led to further commissions and performances:

His music has been broadcast in Music in Our time, Hear and Now and Late Junction on Radio 3 and elsewhere in Europe and Asia.

During the 1990's Symon concentrated on studying, playing and composing for the Javanese gamelan, acting on a long standing interest in this traditional music following an extended visit to Java and Bali in the early 1980's.

He has composed many innovative and successful pieces for these unique instruments attracting wide critical acclaim, for example:

These pieces have been performed by the South Bank Gamelan Players and Alpha Beta Gamelan across the UK (with Barbara Gaskin and Mary King mezzo sopranos) and by groups in Europe and Asia.

Symon has been commissioned to write two works for the hybrid gamelan instruments of the Dutch-based Ensemble Multifoon; their instruments were made in Java but are tuned to the western chromatic scale. Two compositions resulted from this collaboration and they were played on successful tours in Holland and Germany:

Symon has also made arrangements of three well known American pieces for gamelan. These have been widely performed and broadcast in the UK and in Asia:

Several concerts have included the orchestral original of Short Ride in a Fast Machine with its gamelan companion by the LSO, BBC SO and the Philippines Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since 2003, Symon's compositional interests have returned to 'western' instruments and he has written extensively for ensembles and soloists in the UK, Holland, Germany and Czech Republic, in particular:

Several recent works have now been recorded by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra with Mikel Toms and are available for purchase on-line (see Discography):

A new CD to include a series of four String Duos and recordings of Threnodia and Dimensions of the Present Moment will be released in 2017.

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