Dominic Irving

Composer and pianist

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Biography

Dominic Irving (b.1987) studied composition and piano for four years at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, graduating in 2009 with a 1st-class BMus Honours degree. His tutors included Stephen Montague, Errollyn Wallen, and Philip Fowke. In 2011, he completed an MA in Composition of Music for Film and Television (MA-FTV) at Bristol University, studying with Martin Kiszko and John Pickard.

Dominic has performed as a pianist and keyboard player in a large number of concerts and theatre productions. At Trinity he regularly participated with the Contemporary Music Group and Symphony Orchestra in works by Bernstein, Ligeti, Nyman, Reich and Adams, working with conductors such as James Judd, Tom Hammond, and Grant Llewellyn.

Dominic is an accomplished music copyist, and has produced scores for projects involving the BBC Proms, the London Mozart Players, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BBC Four, and the composers Diana Burrell and Stephen Montague.

Dominic began composing music at age 10 with his first solo piano piece, Strolling, which was played on local radio. Since then, his music has been performed all over the UK, including at Blackheath Halls, the Barbican Centre, the BFI Southbank, the Birmingham CBSO Centre, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and King's College Chapel, Cambridge. It has also been broadcast on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3.

In 2009, Dominic performed and recorded his quirky Piano Concerto as part of his final recital in London. In 2010, his cantata Joshua Jazz was a workshopped as a central part of a children's music course in Wiltshire, and publicly performed by over 50 young singers and instrumentalists.

During his time in Bristol, Dominic wrote several scores to student films, including The Body, which was shown at the Watershed Cinema. He also continued to compose concert music. In 2011, his orchestral tone-poem Two Roads was selected to be performed at Bristol University Symphony Orchestra's Gala Concert. In the same year, his avant-garde recorder quartet Sound Clouds, written for iFlautisti, was premiered in London, subsequently performed across Europe, and released on iTunes as part of the ensemble's debut album.

Dominic's composition prizes include the White Horse Composition Competition (1998), the Simon May Trophy (2003), National Festival of Music for Youth (2005), London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra 'Piece of the Year' (2008), the John Halford Prize (2009), and A Carol for Christmas (2012).

In 2014, Dominic composed the music for Insectula!, a feature-length independent sci-fi comedy film, which premiered at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival (UK). Since then, it has been screened in Minneapolis (US), released on DVD and streamed worldwide via Amazon Instant Video.

Dominic practices at Trinity College of Music (2009) Dominic conducts the Bristol Ensemble (2011) Dominic accompanies 'Blake' (2010) Dominic conducts 'Anything Goes' (2010)

Compositions

Manuscript from 'Insectula!' (2014)

Film Scores

  • The Coupling (2018) [op. 158] dir. William Heynen [10']
  • State of Mind (2017) [op. 156] dir. Serena Jayde [20']
  • Insectula! (2014) [op. 134] dir. Michael Peterson [82']
  • More film scores
    • Satan's Parish (2013) [op. 126] dir. Matthew Radway [8']
    • Rabbit (2011) [op. 116] dir. Stephen Beckett [3']
    • In His Shoes (2011) [op. 115] dir. Hamish Colley [10']
    • The Other Side of the Hill (2011) [op. 113] dir. Hugo Sharpe-Johnson [13']
    • The Body (2011) [op. 111] dir. Stephen Beckett [7']
    • Woodshed (2011) [op. 110] dir. Kyle Noott [8']
    • Test Card (2011) [op. 104] dir. Mark Street [11']
    • Milly and the Troll (2010) [op. 89] dir. Sam Poulter [3']
    • Red Native (2010) [op. 86] dir. Lucy Naden [5']
    • Less Than Romantic (2009) [op. 77] dir. Simon Hatt [10']
    • A Bad Day at the Office (2008) [op. 65] dir. Roger Cavallero [11']
    • Rainbow Dance (2006) [op. 44] [4']
Manuscript from 'Two Roads' (2011)

Orchestral Works

  • Sturm und Drang (2016) [op. 150] [10']
  • Spring Frolic (2016) [op. 145] for Dauntsey's School Symphony Orchestra [5']
  • Two Roads (2011) [op. 103] for Bristol University Symphony Orchestra [8']
  • Piano Concerto (2008) [op. 73] [15']
  • More orchestral works
    • Moto Perpenguino (2011) [op. 105] [2']
    • Flights of Fancy (2010) [op. 98] [2']
    • TCM Farewell (2009) [op. 80] for Austin Blackburn [3']
    • Grotesque Vignette (2009) [op. 79] [8']
    • Lacrimosa (2007) [op. 64] [6']
    • A Hasty Journey (2007) [op. 63] [3']
    • Scène d'Amour (2007) [op. 61] [5']
    • Lust (2006) [op. 54] [6']
    • From the Going Down of the Sun (2005) [op. 32] [5']
    • Twenty Seconds of Thunder (2005) [op. 31] [1']
    • The Café Pianist (2004) [op. 27] [5']
    • Piano Concerto in C minor (sketches) (2002) [op. 19] [10']
Manuscript from 'Alice in Wonderland' (2015)

Theatre Music

  • Alice in Wonderland (2015) [op. 144] [20']
  • As You Like It (2014) [op. 135] [12']
  • David Copperfield (2013) [op. 129] [12']
  • More theatre music
    • Midsummer Madness (2013) [op. 125] [5']
    • Just Trust Me (2008) [op. 69] [4']
Manuscript from 'Sonata for Clarinet and Piano' (2013)

Solo Instrument with Piano

  • Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (2013) [op. 128] [8']
  • Serenade (2012) [op. 119] violin [7']
  • Jazz Suite for Recorder (2006) [op. 53] [15']
  • Divertimento (2005) [op. 37] recorder [8']
  • More works for solo instrument with piano
    • Jazz Partita (2014) [op. 130] violin [5']
    • Suite from 'Less Than Romantic' (2009) [op. 77a] accordion [7']
    • Macabre Lullaby (2006) [op. 53a] saxophone [3']
    • The Crazy Trumpeter (2003) [op. 24] [4']
    • Waltz for Violin and Piano (2003) [op. 21] [2']
    • Jazzy Satie (2002) [op. 20] violin [2']
Manuscript from 'Tuscany Sun' (2013)

Piano Works

  • Fugue in F minor (2018) [op. 157] [3']
  • The Picnic (2014) [op. 133] [3']
  • Tuscany Sun (2013) [op. 124] [2']
  • The Soul of Wit (2008) [op. 76] [4']
  • Variations on 'Happy Birthday' (2008) [op. 71] [7']
  • I Don't Give a Fugue (2007) [op. 62] harpsichord [2']
  • Serpentine Dances (2007) [op. 58] [5']
  • Nine Blind Mice (2006) [op. 50] [2']
  • Prelude no. 2 (2004) [op. 26] [4']
  • Prelude (2003) [op. 22] [2']
  • More piano works
    • Egyptian Market (2013) [op. 127] [1']
    • Modal Miniatures (2012) [op. 122] [3']
    • Igor's Frivol (2011) [op. 109a] piano duet [1']
    • Postlude 4 'Toy Tune' (2009) [op. 82] toy piano [1']
    • Ballet and Balls (2009) [op. 81] [5']
    • Cadenza for Rach 2 (2007) [op. 57] [3']
    • Intangible Tango (2006) [op. 46] two pianos [1']
    • Postlude 3 (2006) [op. 45] [1']
    • Sarabande (2006) [op. 43] [1'] harpsichord
    • Honky-Tonk Piano Solo (2005) [op. 32a] [1']
    • Naomi, Steph and Danielle (2004) [op. 28] [2']
    • Cadenza for Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 (2003) [op. 25] [2']
    • Groovy (2001) [op. 18] [1']
    • Postlude 2 (2000) [op. 15] [1']
    • Improvisation (2000) [op. 14] [1']
    • Scary (1999) [op. 12] [1']
    • Scherzo (1999) [op. 11] [2']
    • Haunted House (1999) [op. 10] [2']
    • Mad Clowns (1998) [op. 6] [1']
    • Strolling (1998) [op. 5] [2']
    • Postlude (1997) [op. 2] [1']
    • Waltz in A minor (1997) [op. 1] [1']
Manuscript from 'Fantasy for Piano Trio' (2015)

Chamber Works

  • Fantasy for Piano Trio (2014) [op. 139] [5']
  • Soldier On (2014) [op. 138] concert band [4']
  • Class Clowns (2014) [op. 132] two violins and piano [5']
  • Lullaby (2012) [op. 121] string quartet [2']
  • Sound Clouds (2010) [op. 102] for iFlautisti, the London recorder quartet [15']
  • Lily Beetle (2010) [op. 101] string quintet [3']
  • Two Movements for String Quartet (2010) [op. 33a] [6']
  • Summer Idyll (2010) [op. 90] string quartet and harp [6']
  • Not Quite Right (2009) [op. 83] string quintet [5']
  • More chamber works
    • Hymn of Desolation (2016) [op. 149] [2']
    • Summer in Scotland (2015) [op. 140] bagpipe [1']
    • A Journey's End (2014) [op. 131] string quartet and oboe [5']
    • Three Two-Part Miniatures (2013) [op. 123] [2']
    • Introit: Infinite Loop (2012) [op. 122a] [3']
    • Valse Chromatique (2011) [op. 107] recorder ensemble [4']
    • A Little Jazz Frisson (2010) [op. 94] [1']
    • Springboard (2010) [op. 92] brass quintet [2']
    • Hard to Remember (2010) [op. 90a] [2']
    • Slow and Dreamy (2009) [op. 83a] [1']
    • Sad Chorale (2009) [op. 77b] [2']
    • Plus Ça Change, Plus Je Désespère [op. 75] [4']
    • The Cortège (2008) [op. 70] [1']
    • Siciliana (2008) [op. 68] recorder ensemble [5']
    • Triton's Conch (2008) [op. 66] [4']
    • Study for Guitar and Max MSP (2007) [op. 60] [3']
    • Man on Fire (2007) brass quintet [op. 59]
    • A Deep Sleep (2007) [op. 56] [5']
    • Christmas Chorale (2006) [op. 55] [2']
    • Concerto in D for Piano and Strings (sketches) (2006) [op. 51] [6']
    • Fire Drill (2006) [op. 49] tape and piano [2']
    • Twenty-Four Seven (2006) [op. 48] [6']
    • Lamentations (2006) [op. 47] string quartet [4']
    • The Snake Charmer (2006) [op. 41] [2']
    • Ice Ballet (2006) [op. 39] recorder ensemble [2']
    • Piece for Brass and Percussion (2005) [op. 38] [2']
    • Sparks (2005) [op. 34] recorder ensemble [3']
    • String Suite in F-sharp minor (sketches) (2005) [op. 33] [7']
    • Duck Dohnut's Arrival in Manhattan (2003) [op. 23] [1']
    • Thinking (1998) [op. 5a] [1']
Manuscript from 'Joshua Jazz' (2009)

Vocal Music

  • Requiem (2017) [op. 155] [20']
  • Joe's Boss Blues (2016) [op. 153] [1']
  • She Walks in Beauty (2015) [op. 142] [3']
  • My Heart Overflows (2014) [op. 136] [4']
  • Blessed Be That Maid Marie (2012) [op. 118] [4']
  • Megan's Song (2011) [op. 112] [3']
  • Tristan im Supermarkt (2011) [op. 109] [2']
  • Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth (2010) [op. 88] [10']
  • Joshua Jazz: A Cantata for Children (2009) [op. 85] [15']
  • More vocal works
    • Two Shepherds (2016) [op. 151] [2']
    • Edexcel Waltz (2016) [op. 148] barbershop quartet [2']
    • Sarcastic Preces and Responses (2016) [op. 146] [1']
    • Invigilation Sketches (2015) [op. 140] [3']
    • My Crocodile (2015) [op. 137] [1']
    • Waltz of the Intervals (2012) [op. 120] [1']
    • Olympic Creed (2012) [op. 117] [2']
    • Brave Face (2010) [op. 87] [2']
    • A Walk in Worton (2009) [op. 84] [4']
    • The Dartington Blues (2009) [op. 78]
    • Absolutely Typical! (2008) [op. 74] [1']
    • Christmas Chorale (a cappella) (2008) [op. 55a] [2']
    • Culinary Counterpoint (2008) [op. 67] [3']
    • The Receptionist (2006) [op. 52a] [2']
    • The Street Sweeper (2006) [op. 52] [2']
    • Dauntless Little John (2006) [op. 42] [5']
    • Derryn's Song (2006) [op. 40] [5']
    • Weep You No More, Sad Fountains (2005) [op. 36] [3']
    • The Lamb (2004) [op. 30] [2']
    • Softly in the Dusk (2004) [op. 29] [4']
    • The 'My Neighbour' Blues (2001) [op. 17] [1']
    • Tangtastic (2001) [op. 16] [1']
    • Music for 'Sweet Jack Falstaff' (2000) [op. 13] [5']
    • The School Day (sketches) (1999) [op. 8] [6']
    • Music for 'The Burglary of the Queen' (1999) [op. 7] [5']
    • Crazy Colours (1998) [op. 4] [1']
    • Roman Candle Jazz (1998) [op. 3] [3']
    • Barmy Meadow (1997) [op. 1a] [1']
Manuscript from 'Grasshopper's Greeting' (2011)

Library Music

  • Muerte del Vaquero (2017) [op. 152] [2']
  • Brain-Dead (2016) [op. 152] [3']
  • Ghosts in the Kitchen (2016) [op. 147] [2']
  • A Cruel Promise (2015) [op. 143a] [2']
  • Klezmer Sketch (2015) [op. 143] [1']
  • Grasshopper's Greeting (2011) [op. 114] [1']
  • The Guilt (2011) [op. 112a] [1']
  • The Capture (2011) [op. 108] [4']
  • The Epiphany (2011) [op. 106] [3']
  • Lobo (2010) [op. 100] [3']
  • Simon, Nick and Fiona (2010) [op. 99] [3']
  • Ghostly Nocturne (2010) [op. 97] [2']
  • A Flicker of Hope (2010) [op. 96] [2']
  • MI6: Initiation (2010) [op. 95] [2']
  • Otters' Reverie (2010) [op. 93] [2']
  • Get Your Head in the Game (2010) [op. 91] [2']
  • Soporifia (2005) [op. 35] [12']
  • School Quest Suite (1999) [op. 9] [12']
Poster for 'Insectula!' (2014) Screenshot from 'Insectula!' (2014) Bristol University Symphony Orchestra play 'Two Roads' (2011) Rehearsal of 'Empty Landscapes' (2008) Rehearsal of 'TCM Farewell' (2009) Dominic performs 'The Soul of Wit' (2015) Dominic records 'Lily Beetle' (2011) iFlautisti play 'Sound Clouds' (2010) Dominic rehearsing with a musical theatre group (2010) Consortium5 play 'Siciliana' (2008) Rehearsal of 'Piano Concerto' (2008) Dominic wins 'A Carol for Christmas' (2012) Rehearsal of 'Lacrimosa' (2007) Dominic Irving plays Kapustin (2015) Dominic Irving plays 'Fire Drill' (2006) Dominic recording in the Victoria Rooms, Bristol (2011) Screenshot from 'Rainbow Dance' (2006) Dominic performing in the Wiltshire Music Centre (2016)