Bethan Morgan-Williams (1992-) is a composer who writes quirky, rhythmically-intricate music, finding motivation in the apogee of musical performance. Described as “marvellously oblique and obscure” [5against4] while being “rooted in something ancient and folky” [The Telegraph], Bethan’s music plays with expectation and variance. Recurring themes include concealment, dualism and nonconformity; while ongoing preoccupations include the passing of time (flow), the link between perception and memory, the interplay between systems and intuition, and the effects of revisiting material interactions on the substructure of ‘finished’ pieces.
Bethan enjoys the opportunity to work closely with players and considers collaboration a key part of her practice. Bethan’s music has been commissioned and/or performed by internationally acclaimed ensembles including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Psappha, Ensemble Musikfabrik, New European Ensemble, Ensemble 10/10, and the London Symphony Orchestra; as well as numerous established soloists, including Carl Rosman (clarinet), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Colin Currie (percussion) and Ben Goldscheider (horn).
Bethan has already accrued a significant number of prestigious awards, including a Leverhulme Scholarship (2018-9); the Susan Bradshaw Composer Prize (RPS – 2017-8); the Christopher Brooks Composition Prize (Young Composer in Residence with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic) (2015-7); and the LSO Panufnik Scheme (2015-6). Her music has already reached a wide audience through performances at venues/festivals including LSO St. Luke’s, Kings Place and the British Museum, London; Hallé St. Peter’s and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; the Philharmonic Hall and St. George’s Hall, Liverpool; Colston Hall and Arnolfini Arts, Bristol; Cheltenham Music Festival; Norton Centre for the Arts (KY), USA; Korzo Theatre, Studio Loos and Haarlem Organ Festival, The Netherlands; and WDR Funkhaus, Studio des Ensemble Musikfabrik and Darmstadt Festival, Germany, with broadcasts on S4C, BBC Radio 3, Hometown Radio (KY) and the Dutch radio society Omroep Max.
Bethan is currently Tutor of Composition at Yorkshire Young Musicians (Leeds), and Composer in Residence at Concord College.