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Dominic Murcott

Head of Composition and Music Technology


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4473

Email: d.murcott@trinitylaban.ac.uk

Area of Work

Component Leader for The Fourth Plinth
Dominic Murcott


Dominic Murcott is a composer, percussionist, curator and educator based in London. Much of his work combines acoustic instruments with computers, film and other media. He has a continuing interest in work that is personalised for specific performers and has created acoustic/electronic pieces for trumpeter Noel Langley, percussionist Joby Burgess, clarinetist Joan Enric Lluna, harpist Sioned Williams and the Elysian String Quartet among many others.


He has taken an unusual path to his current position, starting out as a self taught musician, his early career included playing drums with no-wave pioneers ‘Blurt’ and composing for the highly successful V-Tol Dance Company throughout their ten-year history. Changing from drums to vibraphone he became a member of art-pop band The High Llamas and has played on records by many influential artists including Stereolab and Pavement. His PhD is from Goldsmiths College, University of London and explores the relationship between computers, performers and film as well as devising methods of live score generation.

In April 2012 he curated the critically acclaimed festival“Impossible Brilliance: The Music of Conlon Nancarrow” at London’s Southbank Centre, contributing among other things new Nancarrow arrangements for the London Sinfonietta. This was followed in 2015 by a two-week Nancarrow festival at the Whitney Museum of American Art,  an event named by the New York Times as one of their highlights of 2015 and featured yet more Nancarrow arrangements for Alarm Will Sound.  After several years of research he has become one a small number of Nancarrow experts and has given lectures and talks on the subject throughout the UK as well as in Japan, the US and keynote presentation in Nancarrow’s native Mexico City as part of his centenary celebrations.

Recent compositions have included sonically questioning works for younger players as well as MT Modulation, an open score work for CoMA (Contemporary Music for All). The Harmonic Canon is a piece for percussion duo playing a custom built 1/2 ton bronze bell designed by sculptor Marcus Vergette. It will be released on nonclassical in 2019 and won a BASCA British Composer Award in December 2018.

Dominic took over the running of the Trinity Laban Composition Department in 2003 and it has become renowned for its inventive ‘fine arts’ approach to music making, the integration of acoustic composition and sonic arts, and the championing of individuality.  His role includes the supervision and examining of practice-based PhDs, in particular those that include composition and multimedia.

Find out more about Dominic’s work on his website.

Qualifications/ Educational Background

PhD, Goldsmiths