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 Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (2017) dir. Evan Cook [upcoming]
  • Amaria (2016) dir. Evan Cook [10'] [upcoming]
  • Insectula! (2014) [op. 134] dir. Michael Peterson [82']
  • 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']
  • Moto Perpenguino (2011) [op. 105] [2']
  • Two Roads (2011) [op. 103] for Bristol University Symphony Orchestra [8']
  • Flights of Fancy (2010) [op. 98] [2']
  • TCM Farewell (2009) [op. 80] for Austin Blackburn [3']
  • Grotesque Vignette (2009) [op. 79] [8']
  • Piano Concerto (2008) [op. 73] [15']
  • 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']
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']
  • 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

  • Jazz Partita (2014) [op. 130] violin [5']
  • Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (2013) [op. 128] [8']
  • Serenade (2012) [op. 119] violin [7']
  • Suite from 'Less Than Romantic' (2009) [op. 77a] accordion [7']
  • Macabre Lullaby (2006) [op. 53a] saxophone [3']
  • Jazz Suite for Recorder (2006) [op. 53] [15']
  • Divertimento (2005) [op. 37] recorder [8']
  • 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 'Fantasy for Piano Trio' (2015)

Chamber Works

  • Hymn of Desolation (2016) [op. 149] [2']
  • Summer in Scotland (2015) [op. 140] [1']
  • Fantasy for Piano Trio (2014) [op. 139] [5']
  • Soldier On (2014) [op. 138] concert band [4']
  • Class Clowns (2014) [op. 132] [5']
  • A Journey's End (2014) [op. 131] [5']
  • Three Two-Part Miniatures (2013) [op. 123] [2']
  • Introit: Infinite Loop (2012) [op. 122a] [3']
  • Lullaby (2012) [op. 121] string quartet [2']
  • Valse Chromatique (2011) [op. 107] [4']
  • Sound Clouds (2010) [op. 102] for iFlautisti [15']
  • Lily Beetle (2010) [op. 101] [3']
  • Two Movements for String Quartet (2010) [op. 33a] [6']
  • A Little Jazz Frisson (2010) [op. 94] [1']
  • Springboard (2010) [op. 92] [2']
  • Hard to Remember (2010) [op. 90a] [2']
  • Summer Idyll (2010) [op. 90] [6']
  • Slow and Dreamy (2009) [op. 83a] [1']
  • Not Quite Right (2009) [op. 83] [5']
  • Plus Ça Change, Plus Je Désespère [op. 75] [4']
  • The Cortège (2008) [op. 70] [1']
  • Siciliana (2008) [op. 68] [5']
  • Triton's Conch (2008) [op. 66] [4']
  • Study for Guitar and Max MSP (2007) [op. 60] [3']
  • Man on Fire (2007) [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] [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] [2']
  • Piece for Brass and Percussion (2005) [op. 38] [2']
  • Sparks (2005) [op. 34] [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

  • Two Shepherds (2016) [op. 151] [2']
  • Edexcel Waltz (2016) [op. 148] barbershop quartet [2']
  • Sarcastic Preces and Responses (2016) [op. 146] [1']
  • She Walks in Beauty (2015) [op. 142] [3']
  • Invigilation Sketches (2015) [op. 140] [3']
  • My Crocodile (2015) [op. 137] [1']
  • My Heart Overflows (2014) [op. 136] [4']
  • Waltz of the Intervals (2012) [op. 120] [1']
  • Blessed Be That Maid Marie (2012) [op. 118] [4']
  • Olympic Creed (2012) [op. 117] [2']
  • Megan's Song (2011) [op. 112] [3']
  • Tristan im Supermarkt (2011) [op. 109] [2']
  • Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth (2010) [op. 88] [10']
  • Brave Face (2010) [op. 87] [2']
  • Joshua Jazz: A Cantata for Children (2009) [op. 85] [15']
  • 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

  • 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) Screenshot from 'Satan's Parish' (2013) Rehearsal of 'Empty Landscapes' (2008) Poster for 'As You Like It' (2014) Screenshot from 'In His Shoes' (2011) Rehearsal of 'TCM Farewell' (2009) Screenshot from 'The Other Side of the Hill' (2011) Society of Recorder Players play 'Valse Chromatique' (2011) Poster for 'Kindertransport' (2015) Screenshot from 'The Body' (2011) iFlautisti play 'Sound Clouds' (2010) Screenshot from 'Woodshed' (2011) Consortium5 play 'Siciliana' (2008) Screenshot from 'Test Card' (2011) Rehearsal of 'Piano Concerto' (2008) Screenshot from 'Milly and the Troll' (2010) Rehearsal of 'Lacrimosa' (2007) Screenshot from 'Red Native' (2010) Dominic Irving plays Kapustin (2015) Screenshot from 'Less Than Romantic' (2009) Dominic Irving plays 'Fire Drill' (2006) Screenshot from 'A Bad Day at the Office' (2008) Dominic recording in the Victoria Rooms, Bristol (2011) Screenshot from 'Rainbow Dance' (2006) Dominic performing in the Wiltshire Music Centre (2016)