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Laura Bowler

Professorial Staff - Composition


King Charles Court Old Royal Naval College Greenwich London SE10 9JF UK

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Laura Bowler (UK), described as “a triple threat composer-performer-provocatrice” (The Arts Desk) is a composer, vocalist and Artistic Director specialising in theatre, multi- disciplinary work and opera. She has been commissioned across the globe by ensembles and orchestras including the Royal Opera House, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Manchester Camerata, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Quatuor Bozzini (Canada), Ensemble Phace (Austria), Ensemble Linea (France) and Omega Ensemble (Australia).

Recent projects include her verbatim bike powered music theatre work Houses Slide, commissioned by London Sinfonietta, text by Cordelia Lynn and concept directed by Katie Mitchell; a multimedia transatlantic streaming work Distance, for soprano, Juliet Fraser and Talea Ensemble (New York). Upcoming projects include the world premiere of her opera The Blue Woman, dir. Katie Mitchell with a libretto by Laura Lomas at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in July 2022; a new multimedia music theatre work for Zubin Kanga; an opera commissioned by Ensemble Lydenskab dir. Katie Mitchell with a libretto by Sam Redway for June 2023; a multimedia music theatre work ADVERT, for herself to perform with Decoder Ensemble touring internationally.

Her work Wicked Problems, won the Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Music Composition prize in 2021. She is also a Visiting Professor of Composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a Lecturer in Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity Laban.