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William Mival

MMus, FHEA, FRCM

William Mival is a composer, broadcaster, writer and teacher and Head of Composition at the Royal College of Music, London.

A student of Anthony Milner, Robert Saxton and York Höller, he has written works for, amongst others, Ensemble Gemini, the Belcea String Quartet, The BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Welsh Chamber Orchestra, the virginalist Sophie Yates, the pianist Andrew Ball, the baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and the Choirs of Salisbury Cathedral.

His On the Ringstreet was written for the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Land Rover sponsored Sound Discovery Programme in 1996 and first performed by the orchestra in a studio recording conducted by Pascal Rophé. Quartet RBG, was premiered by the Belcea String Quartet at the Sydney Festival in January 2002 and repeated the following week in London at a BBC Lunchtime concert from the Wigmore Hall. Tristan-still, commissioned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, was first performed at the Barbican Concert Hall in February 2003 conducted by Donald Runnicles and broadcast live on Radio Three. ‘And Singing Say and Saying Sing’ – The private devotions for the Hours of Prayer of John Cosin received its first performances in Salisbury and London in 2012 by the Choirs of Salisbury Cathedral directed by David Halls. Correntandemente (Runningly – ish) for large ensemble, was first performed by the RCM New Perspectives Ensemble in October 2015 conducted by Timothy Lines.  

William Mival’s writings include a survey of the performance history of Stockhausen’s Gruppen for the Cambridge History of Musical Performance (published in 2012). As a broadcaster he has been a very frequent contributor to BBC Radio, particularly Radio Three’s Record Review introducing new releases and in ‘Building a Library’. He has also made appearances on television introducing performances from the BBC Proms and also discussing the concept of musical ‘resonance’ on BBC Television’s The Culture Show. 

Faculties / departments: Composition, Research

Research

Research areas

Composition

 

Research students

Shiva Feshareki

Edwin Hillier

Enrica Sciandrone

 

Latest Publications

Mival, W. (2021) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2020) BBC Radio 3 record review: Proms composer: Rachmaninov. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2019) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Mahler's Third Symphony. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2019) BBC Radio 3 record review: Proms composer: Richard Strauss. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2018) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Richard Strauss's Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2018) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Schumann's Symphony No. 4. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2018) Pluen (feather). [Composition]

Mival, W. (2018) Rond. [Composition]

Mival, W. (2017) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Mahler's Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2016) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Mahler: Symphony No. 5. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2016) On the ringstreet (1996, rev. 2016). [Composition]

Mival, W. (2015) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Scriabin: Prometheus. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2015) Correntandemente. [Composition]

Mival, W. (2014) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Ravel: La Valse. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2014) BBC Radio 3 opera guides: operas by Richard Strauss. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2013) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2013) BBC Proms plus intro: Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2012) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2012) Case study: Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gruppen für drei Orchester. In: The Cambridge History of Musical Performance. The Cambridge History of Music . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 798-814. ISBN 9780521896115 (hardback) 9781139025966 (e-book)

Mival, W. (2012) And singing say and saying sing – the private devotions for the hours of prayer of John Cosin. [Composition] (Unpublished)

Mival, W. (2011) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Strauss: Alpine Symphony. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2009) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Bruckner: Symphony No. 5. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2009) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2008) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Debussy: La Mer. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2008) Scriabin's world. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2008) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Scriabin: Le Poème de l’extase. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2007) BBC Radio 3 record review: building a library: Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen. [Audio]

Mival, W. (2003) Tristan-still. [Composition] (Unpublished)

Wade-Matthews, M. and Mival, W. (2002) Muziekinstrumenten: de geschiedenis van de muziek en het orkest. Veltman Uitgevers, Utrecht. ISBN 978-90-5920-058-6

Mival, W. (2001) Quartet - RBG. [Composition]

Wade-Matthews, M. and Mival, W. (2000) The world encyclopedia of musical instruments. Lorenz Books, London. ISBN 9781846814754

Mival, W. (1998) Der gerettete Alberich. Tempo (205). p. 17. ISSN 0040-2982 (print) 1478-2286 (online)

Mival, W. (1997) The siege of Chester. [Composition]

Mival, W. (1995) Höller's 'Pensées'. Tempo (193). p. 43. ISSN 0040-2982 (print) 1478-2286 (online)

Mival, W. (1995) Ballata. [Composition] (Unpublished)

Mival, W. (1993) Twenty seven variations. [Composition] (Unpublished)

Mival, W. (1990) Lyric pieces (with barcarolle). [Composition]

Mival, W. (1989) Der Meister und Margarita. Tempo (170). pp. 37-38. ISSN 0040-2982 (print) 1478-2286 (online)

Mival, W. Gleamt beseethe. [Composition] (Unpublished)

Contact

For enquires please contact:

William Mival

Head of Composition

research@rcm.ac.uk

william.mival@rcm.ac.uk