2016 – Current Queen’s University Belfast, PhD in Music Composition
2015 – 2016 Cardiff University, MA Music Composition: Distinction
2012 – 2015 Queen’s University Belfast, BMus Music: First Class Honours
Recent Composition Opportunities
Selected to take part in the St. Magnus International Festival Composer’s Programme 2017 and to write a piece for The Assembly Project to be work-shopped and premiered in St. Magnus Cathedral, June 2017.
Selected to take part in the Vale of Glamorgan Festival Composer’s Programme 2017 and to write a piece for the Marsyas Trio to be work-shopped and premiered in Cardiff, May 2017.
BBC National Orchestra of Wales workshop the orchestral version of ‘The Pearl: Movement IV’ Jan 2017 to be premiered in Cardiff in March 2017.
Chosen to take part in the Theoartistry project in St. Andrews, Scotland under the supervision of Sir James MacMillan. The choral work ‘Hinneni’ written for this project will be performed and recorded for commercial CD release by the St. Salvatore’s chapel choir in the summer of 2017. I have also been asked to contribute a chapter for a book about the ongoing nature of this project, scheduled for publication in 2018.
Commissioned to write a choral piece for a Belfast-based choir (to be premiered in June 2017).
Choral piece ‘The Trial’ premiered at Cardiff University by the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble May 2016.
‘Oh that I had wings’ Psalm 55 performed and recorded by Cardiff University Chamber Choir April 2016.
3 rd place in the first Peter Rosser Composition Award, run by the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble. The entered piece, ‘The Great White Throne’ performed and recorded Feb 2016. Two further performances of this work are scheduled in 2017, one in Feb. in the Ulster Museum and the other soon to be confirmed.
‘The Pearl’ for piano, clarinet and flute performed in workshop with Contemporary Voices Ensemble Feb. 2016.
Setting of the poem ‘Lighthouse’ by Sinead Morrissey for voice and piano performed by Grainne Morgan(soprano) and Chris Blake (piano) for QUB final recital, June 2015.
Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble ‘Ripples on a Sea of Glass’ work-shopped Feb. 2015.
Setting of ‘Minstrel boy’ by Thomas Moore: commission by Dr. Sarah McCleave. Performed and recorded for anniversary celebrating his work in 2014.
‘Oh that I had wings’ Psalm 55 performed by quartet from QUB Chamber Choir, Oct. 2014.
Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has been playing guitar from about the age of 9 when he started attending an after-schools guitar club in Oakfield Leisure Centre, Carrickfergus. He is indebted to his guitar teachers over the years who have encouraged and inspired him along the way; Lee Martin, Ryan Perry and Ross Ardill; his classical guitar tutors, Gerry Roberts and Brian Keenan; also his piano tutor, Mrs Eileen Staley.
In 2009 Anselm heard 16 year old Nathan Smith, Lisburn, perform at the 13th Ards International Guitar Festival. Nathan had just returned from a guitar training camp in Austria with Thomas Leeb. It was the first time Anselm had heard percussive guitar. After some research he found other performers like Preston Reed, Andy McKee and Michael Hedges whose technique inspired him to play in their style. He met Preston Reed on a very wintery night @ The Playhouse Theatre, Derry in December 2010. Anselm performed Preston Reed’s ‘Tractor Pull’ and so impressed the judges they chose him to be the winner of the 15th Ards International Guitar Festival, September 2011.
In August 2014 he attended the 23rd International Guitar Symposium in Villigst and Iserlohn, Germany followed by the 23rd West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival in Sussex for a fortnight of intensive classical guitar learning and performance.
At present Anselm is concentrating on composition and classical guitar performance.