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The best things were getting wonderful musicians to play my music, listen to concerts every day, compose for orchestras and choreographers, throw two hundred toy balls during the staging of my opera, doing experiments with singers, saws and loops, and play the piano till late whilst watching the river.

Simone Spagnolo
Simone Spagnolo


Simone Spagnolo completed his PhD in Creative Practice in 2014 and his MA in Composition in 2010. He is a freelance composer and Lecturer in Music Theatre at the University of Cumbria, and has previously guest lectured at institutions such as the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of York and Middlesex University. His music has been performed internationally in venues such as London's Royal Festival Hall and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Brno’s Janáček Academy, California’s Stanford University and Los Angeles’ Aratani Theatre. He is a three-time winner of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra Prize (Los Angeles), the 2009 Philip Bates Prize (Birmingham), and the 2008 David Turton Prize (London). Simone is a contributor to The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments and artistic director of The Music Theatre Hub.