Clive writes music in a wide range of styles and genres. His music tells unusual and fascinating stories, as in "Messages from the Sea, or explores themes which he believes important as in "To Those Who Pass Through My City", "Who is My Neighbour?" and "The Furies /Soft Rains". His music is usually, but not exclusively, tonal and melodic. It is rooted in the classical and baroque traditions as well as modern popular styles, folk music and what has come to be known as new music.
Clive is fascinated by the physical placement of performers and site specific music. "Music for Rooftops" is written for a brass quintet placed on the roof of an iconic building, with three additional trumpets on nearby rooftops. The sound ricochet's and swirls around the audience below. "Between The Aisles" moves flutes of various sizes around the audience.
An experienced choral singer, Clive has performed frequently with the major orchestras, including the RPO, LSO, BBCSO, CBSO and Philharmonia, under such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy and Richard Hickox and in major venues including the Royal Albert and Festival Halls and the O2 Arena. This choral experience continues to be a major influence on his music.
He has also performed extensively with two acoustic duos, “5th Quarter” and “Loggerheads” .
About Clive Whitburn
Composer living in Sussex
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