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Edmund Finnis

Edmund Finnis was born in Oxford in 1984. His music has been performed internationally at venues including Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall), Seiji Ozawa Hall (Tanglewood), Liszt Academy (Budapest), at Spitalfields, CrossLinx (Netherlands), Huddersfield and Vilnius festivals, and as part of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series.

n recent years he has enjoyed close associations with both the London Sinfonietta – who have performed six of his works, including three that they commissioned (Veneer, Unfolds and Seeing is Flux) – and the London Contemporary Orchestra, with whom he was Composer-in-Association from 2013-16. Other performers of his music include the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and players of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

ecent works include Shades Lengthen (a violin concerto for Benjamin Beilman and LCO, shortlisted for an RPS Music Award); Four Duets for Mark Simpson (clarinet) and Víkingur Ólafsson (piano); a string orchestra piece, Between Rain (LCO); and Youth, a set of short piano pieces for Clare Hammond.

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Improperium expectavit cor meum

A reflection on Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Improperium expectavit cor meum

This motet takes Palestrina’s Offertory for Palm Sunday as a musical starting point. The same words of foresakenness from the Psalms are set here, and certain harmonies and melodic contours from Palestrina’s music are freely recomposed and reflected upon without ever being directly quoted. Solo voices and duets alternate with the chorus, recounting grief in search of deliverance.

WORLD PREMIERE: 1st June 2019, LSO St Luke's, Design Series #2- Music of Rome.

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BIOGRAPHY

Edmund Finnis was born in Oxford in 1984. His music has been performed internationally at venues including Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall), Seiji Ozawa Hall (Tanglewood), Liszt Academy (Budapest), at Spitalfields, CrossLinx (Netherlands), Huddersfield and Vilnius festivals, and as part of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series. 

n recent years he has enjoyed close associations with both the London Sinfonietta – who have performed six of his works, including three that they commissioned (Veneer, Unfolds and Seeing is Flux) – and the London Contemporary Orchestra, with whom he was Composer-in-Association from 2013-16. Other performers of his music include the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and players of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

ecent works include Shades Lengthen (a violin concerto for Benjamin Beilman and LCO, shortlisted for an RPS Music Award); Four Duets for Mark Simpson (clarinet) and Víkingur Ólafsson (piano); a string orchestra piece, Between Rain (LCO); and Youth, a set of short piano pieces for Clare Hammond.

WORLD PREMIERE: 1st June 2019, LSO St Luke's, Design Series #2- Music of Rome.