Paul Newland

Professorial Staff - Composition


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

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444


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Dr Paul Newland is a founding member of electric guitar duo Exquisite Corpse and ensemble [rout]  Paul's work has been performed and broadcast by ensembles and artists such as [rout], 175 East, Arditti Quartet, Asko Ensemble, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Richard Casey, Jane Chapman, Composers Ensemble, Exquisite Corpse, Rolf Hind, Philip Howard, Huuj Ensemble, Ives Ensemble, Ixion, Jane's Minstrels, Okeanos, Seth Josel, Mieko Kanno, London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, Noszferatu, Psappha, Opus 20, and Thallein.

Qualifications / Educational Background

Paul Newland PhD MMus GMusRNCM - studied composition with Anthony Gilbert and Sir Harrison Birtwistle at Royal Northern College of Music Manchester as a James Caird Scholar, with Michael Finnissy at Royal Academy of Music London and with Simon Holt at Royal Holloway University of London with an AHRC award. He received his doctorate in 2006.

In 1999 he was awarded a Japanese government Monbusho scholarship and studied in Japan with composer Jo Kondo from '99-'02.

Teaching Experience

He is Professor of Composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and is an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.

Creative Outputs

Recent commissions and performances include: surface for London Symphony Orchestra commissioned for the UBS Soundscape Pioneers series and premiered at the Barbican, 5 for harpsichord, dancer and film for Jane Chapman and dancer Gregoire Meyer, time quivers and monotonous forest for ensemble Radius commissioned by the Britten Foundation premiered at the Wigmore Hall, momiji gari for Japanese guitarists Norio Sato and Toshimitsu Kamigaichi and husk for [rout] and Okeanos.

Recent performances by Exquisite Corpse include London's Vibe Bar, Café Oto and Sonic Art Oxford. As part of an ongoing project Graft duo Exquisite Corpse created a series of semi-improvised works with choreographer Mari Frogner giving performances at Crondell St. Underground Car Park Shoreditch, The Book Club Spitalfields and The Old Police Station Deptford.

Most recently Exquisite Corpse performed common wealth a work created specifically for the derelict Commonwealth Institute building on Kensington High Street. This new piece was created in collaboration with choreographer Mari Frogner and commissioned by Fruits of the Apocalypse for their Common Sounds project as part of Kensington and Chelsea Arts Festval. Forthcoming performances include Bermondsey Street Festival London and the Theatre of Yugen San Francisco.

Current projects include a new piece nicholas givotovsky as part of ensemble [rout]'s Lost and Found project, and a web-based collaboration with the Dutch dancer Aleksandra Borys.

CD releases include: Standing Jump recorded by [rout] on [rout]one (Divine Art 29001), Butterfly dreaming... performed by Philip Howard (Divine Art 25021), 1-4 commissioned and recorded by Jane Chapman on 'Wired' (NMC D145), and Trance commissioned and recorded by Noszferatu (NMC D166).

Complete list of works is available at


He is a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composition (1993) and the New Millenium Composer's Award (2010).