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UC Music Composition Workshop with Patrick Shepherd

UC Music Composition Workshop with Patrick Shepherd

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  • Mon 2 May ’16, 3:30pm – 5:00pm


University of Canterbury School of Music, University of Canterbury, Christchurch


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Patrick Shepherd is an accomplished composer, conductor, performer and teacher. He is passionate about new music, music education, technology and creativity. His works have been performed in the UK, USA, Germany, Russia, South Korea, China and Australia as well as regular performances and broadcasts in New Zealand. At university he studied composition under Edward Gregson, Stanley Glasser, Robin Walker and Geoffrey Poole. A graduate of Manchester, London and Canterbury universities, Patrick also holds licentiate (LTCL) and fellowship (FTCL) diplomas in composition from Trinity College, London. Patrick uses digital technology (Sibelius and Logic software) to create and publish his scores.

Patrick has several different areas of research interest. As a composer, creativity and musical composition is central to everything he does and they form the core of his research activity. Patrick’s works have been performed by many ensembles worldwide, including the Berlin Chamber Orchestra (Germany), Kuzbass Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Duo Stump Linshalm (Germany), Choir of Christ’s College, Oxford (UK) and Aoraki Duo (Australia), as well as in New Zealand by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand String Quartet, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Canterbury Philharmonia, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Jubilate Singers, 175 East, Silencio Ensemble and Camerata Strings. Patrick has also written solo works Andrew Uren, Carol Hohauser, Matthew Marshall, Brigitte Martin, Mark Walton, Anatoly Zelinsky, Peter Dykes, Bede Hanley and Richard Belcher. Patrick has written two musicals, many works for children (including a children’s ballet) and the soundtrack to two New Zealand short films (Lemi’s Comic Strip Capers and Kitty). Patrick wrote the soundtrack for Gavin Bishop’s “magic book” Giant Jimmy Jones, the world’s first interactive 3D virtual picture book created by the Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HITLab) at the University of Canterbury.

Patrick’s tone poem Cryosphere was a finalist in the Lilburn Prize in 2006 and in 2007 Patrick was awarded the CANZ Trust Fund Award by the Composers Association of New Zealand for “outstanding potential and achievement in New Zealand Composition”. In addition several of Patrick’s works have been selected for recording and broadcast by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (Sinfonietta, Lithosphere (first movement), Lithosphere (second movement)) and Auckland Philharmonia (First Light, Dance Movements, Fanfare for a Frozen Land).

A minor research stream is looking at how we can nurture and train young conductors. This has come about through Patrick’s own pathway as a performer through to the conductor’s podium. Being a multi-instrumentalist (he holds distinctions at grade 8 level on clarinet, violin and oboe and also plays sax, flute, recorder, percussion, guitar and piano) Patrick studied clarinet under George MacDonald (Northern Sinfonia) and Neville Duckworth (RNCM, English Saxophone Quartet, Northern Chamber Orchestra), Cyril “Paddy” O’Neill, with whom he also studied oboe, and violin under Margaret Eglington and Florence Wilson. This in-depth knowledge of many of the instruments of the orchestra naturally led him to conducting.

As a conductor Patrick has worked with many orchestras and choirs, including the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Youth Orchestra, Garden City Symphony Orchestra and NASDA chorus and he is currently conductor of the Camerata Strings and the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Musical Director of the Festival.

Patrick is the Programme Coordinator for Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) and is a Senior Lecturer at UC for the College of Education Health and Human Development.

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