Arts Emergency

Steven Berryman

Composer and Teacher

I’m a composer and teacher and studied at Cardiff University and Royal Holloway, University of London, and completed a PhD in composition in 2011 with Arlene Sierra.

Notable performances of my work include ‘String Quartet’ by the Elysian Quartet (Dartington International Summer School Advanced Composition Course with David Matthews in 2005) and a commission by the South West Music School (SWMS), Wandered Mind, for nine players (October 2010). My orchestral piece, Cypher (2010), was selected by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for performance in their Welsh Composers Showcase and was performed by the orchestra in February 2011, conducted by Jan Van Steen at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay.

My output is diverse and includes music for Jamie Zubairi’s one-man show, Unbroken Line and incidental music for Corpo Lixa da Alma (premiered at Cena Brasil Internacional 2012 in Rio de Janiero).

Music education is my passion: I’m currently the Assistant Director of Music at North London Collegiate School where I co-led a partnership project on opera and, in 2011, collaborated with a colleague to write the musical, Juniper Dreams, for a cast of over 50 girls. I also teach composition and supporting studies at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music.

I’m an Examiner for A Level Music and, from 2013, will lead courses for teachers on GCSE Music and developing composition skills. I’ve also adjudicated at festivals, arranged music for dance and given pre-concert talks. In the past few years I’ve written concert, book and CD reviews, most recently for Music Education UK and Music Education Asia magazines. I love variety in my work but all the strands connect and feed into my work as a teacher.

I’ve chosen to volunteer for Arts Emergency as I love sharing practice; I’ve discovered this when delivering training for teachers, and also that after ten years of teaching I hope I could offer some advice to anyone considering joining the profession.