Gareth Churchill

Composer

About


Gareth Churchill is a composer based in Cardiff who works in English and Cymraeg [Welsh] language contexts. His output includes instrumental, choral and orchestral work but, since around 2019, has focussed on collaborative opera / music theatre projects.

He creates work which engages with society and community, aiming to give voice to lived experience and empower collaborators to tell their stories through music. Stylistically, his work inhabits a place where the pastoral and the mechanical interact, in the artistic expression of his lived experience of sensory and physical disability.

His recent projects include The Bridge Between Breaths (with Hafsah Bashir for formidAbility), Grey Matters (with Headway Cardiff and South East Wales for Mid Wales Opera) and Grinding (with South Wales Gay Men's Chorus for Ty Cerdd).

He has been critically described as a 'genuine composer of talent' (Classical source 2009) who 'portrays very effectively a dialogue between lyricism and menace' (Wales Arts Review 2018).

His work has reached live audiences in more than ten countries and, in 2018, was the subject of a 'spot-light' retrospective concert at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. In 2020 a digital portrait disk of his instrumental solos, Hors D'oeuvres, was released on the Ty Cerdd record label.