an exceptional and absorbing pleasure
The Guardian, on Heartland

a richly allusive work of considerable scope and ambition
Seen and Heard International, on Lyra

powerfully dramatic
BBC Radio 3, on Sudden Light

mind-blowing, cosmic-consciousness expanding, and explosively ambitious contemporary cantata that meditates upon the origins of all things
The Guardian, on A Violence of Gifts

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Mark Bowden is a British composer. His music has been described as ‘an exceptional and absorbing pleasure’ [Guardian], ‘haunting’ [Financial Times], ‘conjuring up magic and mystery’ [Opera], ‘beautifully evocative’ [Wales Arts Review], ‘nimbly choreographic’ [Birmingham Post], ‘dark, pregnant, turbulent, sparkling and brooding’ [Bachtrack], ‘quietly virtuosic’ [Herald], ‘invigorating’ [Times], and ‘powerfully dramatic’ [BBC Radio 3].

Mark’s Debut Disc
Sudden Light is now available in all formats and features orchestral and chamber music performed by Oliver Coates, Grant Llewellyn, Hyeyoon Park, Julian Warburton, Huw Watkins and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Mark Bowden is a British composer. His music has been described as ‘an exceptional and absorbing pleasure’ [Guardian], ‘haunting’ [Financial Times], ‘conjuring up magic and mystery’ [Opera], ‘beautifully evocative’ [Wales Arts Review], ‘nimbly choreographic’ [Birmingham Post], ‘dark, pregnant, turbulent, sparkling and brooding’ [Bachtrack], ‘quietly virtuosic’ [Herald], ‘invigorating’ [Times], and ‘powerfully dramatic’ [BBC Radio 3].

Mark’s Debut Disc
Sudden Light is now available in all formats and features orchestral and chamber music performed by Oliver Coates, Grant Llewellyn, Hyeyoon Park, Julian Warburton, Huw Watkins and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

an exceptional and absorbing pleasure
The Guardian, on Heartland

a richly allusive work of considerable scope and ambition
Seen and Heard International, on Lyra

powerfully dramatic
BBC Radio 3, on Sudden Light

mind-blowing, cosmic-consciousness expanding, and explosively ambitious contemporary cantata that meditates upon the origins of all things
The Guardian, on A Violence of Gifts

Selected works

A Violence of Gifts soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra
Five Memos violin & piano
We Have Found a Better Land SATB chorus
Channel Rose soprano saxophone & vibraphone
Beldam solo percussion
Heartland solo percussion & orchestra
Parable solo saxophone
Lyra solo cello & orchestra
Lines Written a Few Miles Below for solo violin & track
Airs No Oceans Keep piano trio
Tirlun orchestra
The Dawn Halts chamber ensemble or chamber orchestra
Sudden Light orchestra