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James Clay

James is one of the Composers in Residence of Capella Edina for the year 2024. He holds a bachelor and master’s degree in music from Newcastle University, where he also currently is a PhD candidate. His creative practice research investigates the role of sound in place experience and the types of places to which sound affords us access.

Drawing together a number of disciplines, James’ output incorporates philosophy, heritage studies, and ecology to bring about meaningful creative interventions reinforced by personal and shared experiences. One of James’ recent projects will be presented in collaboration with the City Carillonneur for Newcastle upon Tyne to increase public engagement with the Edith Adamson Carillon; the project features a city centre acousmatic installation with four accompanying Carillon recitals in November 2023 and is generously supported by the Institute for Creative Arts Practice, Newcastle University.

James also contributes to teaching at Newcastle University through modules on music composition with a focus on contemporary compositional techniques, place philosophies, and experientially informed practice.

As Composer in Residence James will compose a variety of pieces specifically for Capella Edina’s concerts in 2024. He will also share his experience and expertise as a composer through our workshops and Composition Labs.

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