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Nicholas Morrish Rarity

BMus, MMus, Mst

Nick is a composer who works with acoustic instruments, junk materials and found recordings. He is particularly interested in music that attunes to the dynamic processes of unstable materials, and that emerges from interactions between diverse objects, materials and systems.

His research work at the RCM, principally supervised by Dr Jonathan Cole, is situated at the intersection of ecology theory, media archaeology and sound studies.  His work has been played by Nikel, Divertimento Ensemble, Kokoro (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra), London Chamber Orchestra, The Philharmonia, Workers Union Ensemble, Octandre Ensemble, CHROMA, BBCSO, Carson Becke, Clarice Rarity, Mirko Jevtovic, and at venues such as IMPULS (Graz), Rondo (Milan), Kings Place, Cheltenham Festival, Collisions Festival, Cadogan Hall, The Asylum, Barbican Centre, National Maritime Museum and the Holywell Music Room.  

He is the winner of several prizes that include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, New Dots Composition Prize (2013,2016), Gestalt Arts, Inspired by Digital Composition Prize winner, Sound and Music’s Portfolio, and is a Sound and Music/British Music Collection New Voice 2016-2017.  Nick is an RCM scholar, and has held a Robert McFadzean Whyte Award, and a Douglas and Hilda Symonds award. Prior to this he studied at Jesus College, Oxford and at Trinity Laban, where he won the MMus Prize, and the Elias Fawcett Prize for Composition.  

Faculties / departments: Research

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