David Sutton-Anderson (born London 1956) studied with John Lambert at The Royal College of Music, where he was Head of Composition and Musicianship at the Junior Department (2000-2014), and at the Cologne Musikhochschule with Mauricio Kagel. Awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, the Composition Prize of the City of Mons and the Gemini Fellowship.

His works have been performed and broadcast by, among others, London Sinfonietta, Jane Manning, Circle, The Locrian Quartet, The Royal Danish Brass Quintet, London Festival Orchestra and Sounds Positive, which he co-founded and conducts.

He was composer-in-residence for The Young Place at The Place, London's international centre for dance, 1993-97 and a PRS composer-in-education, 1995-97. TV and film credits include The Friday Alternative and Diverse Reports (Channel 4) and Roache Motel (Palace Pictures).

David was a lecturer in compositional techniques at Birkbeck College, University of London, (2003-7) and is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana (London Program). His complete organ music recorded by Michael Bonaventure is featured on 'Contemporary British Orgam Music Volume 2' released in 2010 on the sfz label, and his complete piano and clarinet works recorded by Sally Mays and Linda Merrick are available on 'Dynamics of Matter' (Undercurrent label).

Upcoming UK performances

  • 15th December 2021: premiere of 'Kintsugi' at Regent Hall, London

  • 26 May 2019: 'How far away is a rainbow?' 4 performances between 11.00am and 3.30pm at Waddesdon Colourscape Festival, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

  • 30 November 2018: conducting the London New Strings concert at Regent Hall, Oxford Street on Friday 30th November at 7.30.

  • 23 September 2018: ‘How far away is a rainbow’, 2018 Eye Music Rawsthorn commission, text: David Sutton-Anderson music: Avril Anderson and David Sutton-Anderson, Colourscape Music Festival on Clapham Common, 12 noon to 5pm (with music 12.30 to 4.30pm)

  • 11th June 2018: peformance of 'Icarus' for tenor saxophone, performed by Lauren Atkinson, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London.

  • 28th November 2017: premiere of new work for the Dandelion Dance Company, New Diorama Theatre, London, at 7.00pm

  • 17th November 2017: performance of Nachtritt for ten wind instruments performed at the New london Wind Festival, Salvation Army Hall, Oxford Street, London, at 7.30

  • 17 June 2017, All Saints Church, Kingston-upon-Thames. Premiere of 'Song for Jo Cox' performed by Claire Day, soprano and Kingston Choral Society conducted by the composer.

Other Performances

  • 22nd Feb 2017,Lovekyn Chapel, London Rd., Kingston-upon-Thames, 7.30pm. Premiere of 'Icarus' for tenor saxophone, given by Melanie Henry.

  • 27th Jan 2017, St. Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, London EC3R, 1.00pm. Performance of '...lake water lapping'; Melanie Henry (sax/clt) and Sally Mays (piano).

  • 26th Nov. 2016, Magdalene College Chapel, Cambridge 9pm. Premiere of 'Images of Water' for soprano, guitar and cello, given by Susie Self (soprano).

  • 29th August 2016, Stroud Colourscape Festival, performances of 'Frieze' and 'Shakespeare's Fairies' performed by Sounds Positive.

  • 9th July 2016, Southwark Cathedral, 7.30pm. Premiere of 'Alleluia' for unaccompanied chorus, in a concert given by the Merbecke Choir.

  • 22nd Feb 2016, 1pm Southwark Cathedral, performance of Tableau 1 (from Voluntaries) in an organ recital given by Huw Morgan. Admission free.

  • 12th January 2016, 7.30pm, I'Klectik Art Lab, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, London SE1 7LG. Performance of 'Chantique' for oboe. Catherine Pluygers, oboe. Tickets £7 and £5.

  • 4th December 2015, 1pm, performance of 'Tableau 1' (Voluntaries), organ recital given by Huw Morgan, St. Giles, Pontefract.

  • 24th October 2015, performance of '44 Frames', Kunststation Sankt Peter, Cologne. Michael Bonaventure, organ.

  • 26th September 2015, 7.30pm: premiere of 'Voluntaries 10-14' in a recital given by Michael Bonaventure, organ, at All Saint's Church, Blackheath, London SE3.

  • 1st August 2015, premiere of new choral work commissioned by the British Korean Society celebrating the 70th anniversary of Korean Independence, All Saint's Church, Kingston.

  • Composer and performer of Incidental Music for the play with music 'when the terror has ended the victims will dance' by Mark Ravenhill. Premiere production at The Platform Theatre, University ot the Arts London, Handyside Street, Kings Cross 30thJune - 4th July 2015.

  • 24th April 2015, St. Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, London EC3R 8EE. Lunchtime Recital 1.15pm; performance of 'Reflections and Echoes' by Sally Mays, piano.

  • 11th April 2015, Waddesdon Manor Colourscape Festival. Performances of 'Shakespeare's Fairies' and 'Baladi'.

  • February 3rd, 2015, Fairfield Halls, Croydon at 1.05pm. Premiere of 'Shakespeare's fairies' performed by Sounds Positive.

  • 7th November 2014, Bishopsgate Institute, London. Performance of 'Falcon Duets' by Trinity Laban Saxophone Group.

  • 9th Oct 2014 'Chant with Drone' for clarinet and electronics. Recital of electroacoustic music (Marcus Norman, clarinet), Carole Nash Recital Room, Royal Northern College of Music.

  • 20th Sep 2014 'Processional' performed by Jane's Minstrels, Clapham Colourscape Festival,

  • 23rd August 2014. Performances of 'Frieze' and 'Thin Space', Colourscape Festival, Bath, by Sounds Positive.

  • 19th July 2014 'A Fisherman's Flute' (Wissam Boustany, flute). Concert in Memory of Hugh Maguire, Blythburgh Church, Suffolk.

  • 3rd May 2014. Performance of 'Fluid Linearity', Sydney Opera House, by members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, directed by Ben Dawson.

  • 14th April 2014 'South American Dance' for guitar, performed by David Gough, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds,

  • 3rd March 2014. Performance of 'A momentary stay against confusion', Homerton College, Cambridge, by Selfmade Music

  • February 18th, 2014, Fairfield Halls, Croydon at 1.05pm Premiere of 'Frieze' performed by Sounds Positive

  • January 7th, 2014, St Bride's, The Strand at 1.00 pm 'A momentary stay against confusion' performed by Selfmade Music

  • A performance of Fantasia given by Michael Bonaventure (organ) 4pm, 15thDecember 2013 at All Saints Church, Blackheath, London SE3 OTY

  • November 2013 Release of 'Fantasia' on Regent Records (Timothy Band, organ)

  • Voluntaries, for organ - Huw Morgan, organ, St Cyprian's, Clarence Gate, London NW1 12/6/13 at 1.00pm (admission free)

  • Moon-viewing, for cello (premiere) - Ian Pressland, cello, Wigmore Hall 19/5/13

  • Performances of 'Baladi' and 'Thin Space', Diversity Festival, Rotherham, 8th September 2012.

  • Premieres of 'Agnus' and 'Couplets' (from 'Voluntaries 2010-12'), Huw Morgan (organ), Southwark Cathedral, 6th August 2012 at 1.05

  • Dance score 'Foot it out', community project, Tainan, Taiwan, 23rd-27th July 2012.

  • 'Thin Space' (world premiere) for bass flute, trumpet and live electronics, Ip-Art Festival, 1st July, 2012, time tbc, venue: Colourscape, Christchurch Park, Ipswich. 'Baladi' and 'Falcon Duets' are also being performed at this event.

  • Three Pieces for organ, given by Michael Bonaventure at a concert of British contemporary organ music, Orgelparc, Amsterdam, Netherlands on Februry 11th 2012 at 7.30pm

  • Voluntaries, performed by Michael Bonaventure, at Pembroke College, Cambridge on January 29th at 5.45pm

  • Baladi for instruments and dancer, given by Charlotte Desorgher and Sounds Positive, Faifield Halls, Croydon on January 17th 2012 at 1.05pm

  • Premiere of Voluntaries for organ, performed by Michael Bonaventure in a recital at All Saints' Church, All Saints' Drive, Blackheath, London SE3 OTH on January 15th 2012 at 5.15pm

  • Baladi, for dancer and ensemble, Sounds Positive, The Warehouse, Waterloo, 29th May 2011

  • 'encircling, unfolding' for organ performed in a recital given by Michael Bonaventure on 19 June 2011 at 5.45 at Westminster Abbey. Admission free.

  • A momentary stay against confusion, Selfmademusic, Buxton Festival, 6th, 7th and 8th July 2011

  • 'Foot it out' a dance score with choreography by Sarah Miller, Gala Performance at the Robin Howard Dance Theatre at The Place on 16th July.

  • Falcon duets, Hoofbeat, Holt Festival, Norfolk, 25th July 2011

  • Baladi, Sounds Positive, Colourscape Festival, Clapham, 17th September 2011

Selected Works