Mark Simpson has been appointed as the BBC Philharmonic’s composer in association.
The 26-year-old becomes of the the youngest ever composer to be given a formal role with a major British orchestra.
Starting in September and running until 2019, Liverpool-born Simpson will compose 3 new scores as well as joining the orchestra in partnership projects.
Simpson was signed to publisher Boosey & Hawkes when he was just 24 and won the BBC Proms Young Composers Competition in 2006. He is also a former BBC Young Musician and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.
“I’m thrilled to accept this role as Composer in Association with the BBC Philharmonic. To be given the opportunity to develop my work and build a solid relationship with an orchestra of such calibre, over this time period, is a dream. I can’t wait for it to begin,” he said.
His arrival is part of a wider aim by the Philharmonic, to develop musical talent, with a particular focus on those who have lived and studied in the North. Simpson studied at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music and was a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
“The BBC Philharmonic proudly champions great British music, and Mark is one of the brightest stars of the new generation of brilliant young composers in the UK. This new role will give Mark the space and time to continue to develop his already distinctive and compelling compositional voice,” explained Simon Webb, general manager of the BBC Philharmonic.
Composer in association is a new role for the BBC Phil and replaces the previous Conductor/Composer position, currently held by HK Gruber.
The orchestra is support by Salford City Council.