Adam Sangster is a composer and experimental performer based in Huddersfield. His music has been performed at the Leeds Lieder Festival (Kamil Bień and Matt Lam); the Durham Klang Festival (Seth Woods); the University of Huddersfield (Mieko Kanno); the Hepworth Gallery (edges ensemble), as well as other national and international venues. He has also had pieces workshopped by Ellen Fallowfield, Stephen Menotti, and Garth Knox.
Adam’s music explores notions of emergence and the role of dialogue within the process of creating an “emergent music”. He has become particularly interested in ways of incorporating local/indeterminate dialogue within the composer/score/performer relationship in order to create emergent material and form.
Adam studied at the University of Huddersfield from 2012 – 2016 graduating from his undergraduate studies with a first class BMus (Hons) degree, he was then awarded a Vice-Chancellors scholarship to study for a Masters of the Arts by research at the University of Huddersfield – he graduated from his MA by research with Merit. Adam’s previous composition tutors include Dr Mary Bellamy, Dr Bryn Harrison, Prof Aaron Cassidy and Dr Matthew Sergeant.
In 2012 Adam won the nineteenth Gertrude Bark award, ‘for his evident passion for music, composition and conducting skills’ – John Brassington. He was also awarded the Prabhu Singh Scholarship in 2013, as well as winning the Jacobs Music Prize for his undergraduate research project entitled “‘The Rupture or Continuity Narrative’ (Beckles Willson, R. 2007. p4). Common Aesthetics and Stylistic Change in Ligeti’s Music, Pre and Post 1956.”.