Composition

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Full scores for perusal/preview are available to download for free below – I would appreciate programme credits if you choose to use them for performance

If you’d like a copy of something that’s missing, individual parts or paper/PDF versions for performance, please contact me


Solo – Duo – Trio – Chamber Ensemble


Things my parents said about childhood


solo double bass

Commissioned for ION Shorts at Ideas of Noise Festival 2020 – Premiere 30.01.2020 at The Woodman, Birmingham


Breton!!!


series of works for chamber ensemble and voice – 2016
ca. 40 minutes
excerpt below – please contact me to hear/see more

An August Midnight


harp/mezzo-soprano soloist or harp/mezzo-soprano duo

ca. 8 minutes

Commissioned by The Arc Project for Songs On Thomas Hardy – Premiere 18.04.2020 at York Unitarian Chapel – POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Full score


The Whitewashed Wall


miniature in 3 movements for solo soprano

1 minute 40 seconds

Commissioned by Stephanie Lamprea for Unaccompanied: Tiny Works for Quarantine Volume I

[Please consider purchasing the album on Bandcamp in order to support artists during the COVID-19 pandemic]

“By dividing The Whitewashed Wall into three distinct movements, James Banner gives the singer multiple opportunities to show off elements of her virtuosity. “Why does she turn…?” offers leaping contours and a climactic high note, while “Well, once…” imposes a strict, swift tempo onto the melody. “My brush goes one with a rush…”, frenetic and clearly meant to push the singer to the very upper limit of her range, comes off as a controlled detonation.” [Nicholas Stevens, ClevelandClassical, 21.5.2020]

”Despite of everything else, Quarantine has brought the best out of many creatives…Vocalist Stephanie Lamprea asked a number of composers to write her short pieces while stuck at home. The resulting album is a gem, but English composer James Banner brings a playful setting of three Thomas Hardy poems. These tunes are light, manic, virtuosic, and full of twists and turns. A delight from within this delightles time.” [John Paul Mayse, Composer, 23.4.2020]

Played on WFMU 27.4.2020

Profile in The Boston Musical Intellingencer

Full Score


The Physics of Rebirth


solo soprano

2 minutes 30 seconds

Commissioned by Stephanie Lamprea for Unaccompanied: Tiny Works for Quarantine Volume IV – Premiere 11.6.2020 [online]

words by Rebecca Connors

Full Score


Piece for Solo Bb Clarinet


solo Bb clarinet

1 minute 30 seconds

Commissioned by for Vanguard Manchester – Premiere online, summer 2020

Full Score


Le Poulailler


Miniature for Toy Piano

1 minute 5 seconds

Composed for George Xiaoyuan Fu – Premiered (on Piano) by Rolf Hind

Full Score


Two Movements for Three Guitars


Three classical guitars

ca. 8 minutes

Commissioned for Dominic Matthews by The Arc Project for Digital Edition – Premiere online, 2020

audio preview

Full score (concert pitch)

Full Score (transposed)


Trio


Instrumentation kept secret until after the performance

ca. 8 minutes

Commissioned by for Vanguard Manchester – Premiere 21.04.2020 at LEAF Manchester – POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Full Score coming soon


Duo for Contrabass Flute and Bass Clarinet


contrabass flute and bass clarinet [flexible/open scoring available for performances by other instruments]

ca. 7 minutes

Full score


5 Hungarian Folksongs for String Trio


violin, viola, cello

ca. 5 minutes

Preview score


4 Bagatelles for String Trio + Double Bass


violin, viola, cello, double bass

ca. 3 minutes

Preview score


5 Bagatelles for Solo Piano


solo piano

6-8 minutes

Full score


Floating


solo piano

2 minutes

Full Score


Le Az Utcán Le, Le Le + Hold, Hold, Fényes Lánc


chamber ensemble + voice

3 minutes 30 seconds

Review in Der Tagesspiegel (German)


Verre


double bass, double bass/cello, viola, violin, objects/glasses + optional electronics)

6 minutes 7 seconds

Full score


Choir


Exposure


SATB divisi + narrator

4 minutes

Full score


Voices of Berlin


improvising SSAA choir and small ensemble

Premiere 16.08.2020, JazzKeller69, Berlin

TBC, postponed due to COVID-19

Commissioned as part of the UdK/HfM Hanns Eisler Elsa-Neumann Scholarship


Community Projects


Concertino For Concert Band


concert band

18 minutes

composed as part of Adopt a Composer 2018-2019 – premiere 06.10.2019 at Salts Mill, Saltaire, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 09.01.2020

Full score


Journey On A Cloud


chamber ensemble + mixed children’s choir

6 minutes

Collaborative composition commissioned by Make The Paint Dance, for a project with a primary school in Cardiff

Full score


#BirdsongMashup


mixed electronic media + double bass

4 minutes 50 seconds

Collaborative community composition commissioned by Make The Paint Dance – premiere 31.5.2020

”It’s just a brilliant idea, I love it!” Nick Ahad – BBC Radio Leeds [31.5.2020]


As well as the above projects, I also compose and arrange for various ensembles at short notice for collaborative projects of unconventional instrumentation and functional purposes [e.g. string trios for weddings etc.]. I self-publish, so all of the scores above are available as print at home PDF score and part sets as well as high-quality printed versions which can also be delivered, just get in touch with any queries ->


Awards/Projects

Composer in Residence for award-winning UK social enterprise Make The Paint Dance
Selected for Making Music’s Adopt a Composer scheme 2018-2019 [in conjunction with Sound and Music, PRS Foundation and BBC Radio 3]
Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe Studio Award 2017
Elsa-Neumann Stipendium 2018 for Voices of Berlin