Edward Cowie · About
Awards & Acheivements
|1964||B Ed||University of London|
|1966||LTCL||Trinity College of Music|
|1970||BMus||University of Southampton|
|1971||Chopin Fellowship to Poland||British Council|
|1972||Gulbenkian Fellowship||Royal Ballet London|
|1973||Radcliffe International Composers’ Prize|
|1976||D Mus||University of Southampton|
|1983-86||1st Composer in Residence||Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra|
|1983||PhD||University of Lancaster|
- 1943: Born in August in the City of Birmingham, UK.
- 1948: Moves to rural Suffolk at the age of 5; a period of genesis for his love of and interest in the natural world.
- 1951: Moves to Broadway in the Cotswolds when Studies in Violin and Piano commence.
- 1957: First compositions.
- 1960-63: Music Education degree at London University (Trent Park College) and studies at Imperial College as a visiting student.
- 1963-64: Studies painting at The Slade as an external student.
- 1964: Commences studies with Peter Racine Fricker.
- 1964-68: Private composition studies with Alexander Goehr.
- 1964-68: Teaching posts in Primary and High Schools.
- 1969: BMus Composition at University of Southampton.
- 1970-73: PhD studies at University of Leeds (A special Theory of Related Forms).
- 1971: First major performance of new work (solo clarinet and tape – Hacker), Edinburgh Festival.
- 1971: Chopin Scholarship to Poland. Studies with Witold Lutosławski.
- 1971: First BBC Radio 3 broadcast. Shinkokinshu with Jane Manning and The Fires of London, cond. Harrison Birtwistle.
- 1972: Gulbenkian Fellowship for studies at The Royal Ballet. Ballet Les Saltimbanques with Ballet Rambert (Joseph Scoglio).
- 1972: Radcliffe International Composers’ Prize.
- 1973-76: Published by Chester Music, London.
- 1973-83: Lectureship in Music. University of Lancaster.
- 1975: BBC Promenade Concert Commission. Leviathan. BBCSO, cond. Andrew Davies.
- 1976-88: Published by Schott London.
- 1976: Brighton Festival Commission, Gesangbuch, BBC Singers. The beginning of more than 4 decades of collaboration and deep friendship with The BBC Singers.
- Numerous commissions from Festivals in the UK including Cheltenham, Bath, Petworth, City of London and Leeds. Many broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.
- 1976: DMus University of Southampton.
- 1977: Commissioned to write a Piano Concerto for the Queen’s Jubilee. Proms. RLPO, cond. Groves.
- 1978: Visiting Professorship. University of Florida Gainsville USA
- 1979: First major solo exhibition of paintings. Tryon Gallery London.
- 1979: First USA solo exhibition Gallery 251 Chicago USA.
- 1979: Guest Professorship University of Kassel, Germany
- 1979: Commedia. Opera Commission from the State Opera in Kassel, Germany.
- Debut as conductor (own work Endymion Nocturnes) Philharmonica of London, QEH.
- 1980-89: 7 major exhibitions of paintings and drawings: Germany, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, USA, UK.
- 1981: Covent Garden Commission for new Opera on Ned Kelly (abandoned by the composer!).
- 1981: First visit to Australia.
- 1981: ASV record Kelly Variations for solo piano.
- 1982: Artist in Residence. Sydney College of the Arts.
- 1982: Senior Lecturer, University of Lancaster.
- 1983-86: First Granada Composer/Conductor with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
- 1983: Appointed Professor and first Director of the School of Creative Arts. University of Wollongong NSW.
- 1984: Concerto for Orchestra. BBC Proms, RLPO cond. Williams.
- Choral Symphony. Leeds Festival Commission, RLPO.
- 1986: Commissioned to write music and present for Leonardo. BBC2.
- 1986: Hyperion record the Concerto for Orchestra and 2nd Clarinet Concerto.
- 1987: Edward Lear – Granada TV Music and presentation.
- 1987. Begins conductorships with The Australia Ensemble and The Seymour Group, Sydney NSW.
- 1987: Conducts Queensland, Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmanian ABC Symphony orchestras.
- 1988: Becomes Australian Citizen.
- 1988: Towards New Music. ABCFM commission for major Radio Series (11 programmes).
- 1989: Voices of the Land. ABCFM commission for major Radio Series (12 programmes).
- 1989-1995: Professor and Director. Australian Arts Fusion Centre, James Cook University, Qld. Australia.
- 1993: 50th Birthday commissions from ABC including the Cello Concerto.
- Marries the Australian visual artist, Heather Johns.
- 1995: Returns to England.
- 1996-2008: Professor and Director of Research Dartington College of Arts.
- 2003-06: Appointed first composer in association with the BBC Singers.
- 2003: Signs with United Music Publishers.
- 2003-06: First Artist in Residence, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
- Gradual build-up of performances, major commissions and recordings including a total of 11 BBC commissions as part of his association with the BBC Singers.
- 2000-09: Exhibitions of drawings, Australia, France and UK.
- 2003: 60th birthday concert given by the BBC Singers and The English Guitar Quartet.
- 2004: UHR release of 24 Preludes for Piano (Mead).
- Commences collaborative partnership with The Coull Quartet. Quartet 5 and The Colours of Dark Light.
- 2006: UHR release Rutherford’s Lights. 32 pieces for solo piano (Casey).
- 2008: Cowie retires from University work and works full-time as a composer. He divides his time between his home in the UK and his home in SW France.
- 2011: Cowie founds and directs Earth Music Festival Bristol.
- 2011: Begins collaborative relationship with The Kreutzer Quartet.
- 2012: Signum Classics release Gesangbuch with the BBC Singers and Endymion.
- 2013: 70th birthday celebrations including a special concert by the BBC Singers and a BBC Prom Commission Earth Music 1 BBC Phil., cond. Noseda.
- 2014: Particle Partita, commissioned by Oxford University Department of Physics.
- 2015: Spitfire Motets, BBC Singers commissioned by Air Commodore Ian Stewart CBE.
- 2014-16: Three new commissioned radio programmes Drawing towards Music and The Singing Planet, ABC Radio National.
- 2014: 6th string quartet commissioned by The Kreutzer Quartet.
- 2017: 7th string quartet for The Kreutzer Quartet.
- 2017: New Guitar work commissioned by The Julian Bream Trust for 2019.