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Composer Profile:
TERENCE DEADMAN

 

Terence Deadman is a Sussex composer who studied piano under Robert Collett and composition under Alfred Nieman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and who later qualified as a teacher at Bretton Hall in Yorkshire.

Highly experienced as a co-ordinator of children's music in Horsham and as an organiser of an annual Children's Festival in Hove, he is now currently responsible for an innovatory course in music for adults held at the Connaught Further Education Centre in the city of Brighton and Hove.

His compositions are many and varied, encompassing a long list of musical plays for schools with many public performances including "Mother Christmas saves the day" (Modus publication MM200), a heart warming, non-sexist approach to all the fun and banter of the Festive season, and other works performed in both Horsham and Hove.

One of his most recent works, "Merlyn" (Modus publication MM280), is a striking musical play for children based on the mythical works of Merlyn the Magician and Arthurian legends and is full of magical overtones set against the inspired inner world of Tintagel and the wild coast of Cornwall.

Other than this, with the librettist Trevor Harvey, the well known writer of children's works and poetry, he has recently completed "The Rival Gods - Pan and Apollo", a music dramatization of the story of two musical protagonists fighting to win the eternal battle of order over chaos: universal ideas with a light touch for children.

In fitting contrast, his recent "Six Silly Songs" to poems by Trevor Harvey are a most amusing addition to any young person's vocal repertoire with tongue in cheek ditties.

He has also collaborated with Judy Marsh, the acclaimed authoress of "George the Pavilion Cat" - actually the Royal Pavilion Brighton - in writing musical plays for Junior Schools in Brighton and Hove.

In addition to children's music Terence Deadman's latest compositions also include songs for tenor and piano that met with great success at a recent first performance at a New Music Brighton concert in Lewes, Sussex. These are "Maid of the Waves" an enchanted and enchanting cycle, performed by the tenor Kevin Starns and the pianist Glen Capra, based on a Gaelic tale of loss and longing for endless seas and unchartered shores.

 

SELECTED COMPOSITIONS

MUSICALS

Merlyn with narrative by Trevor Harvey
(Modus Music publication MM280)

The Rival Gods: Pan and Apollo words by Trevor Harvey

The Rainbow Gift (for Infants) words by Judy Marsh

Jonathan's Gift (nativity play) words by Judy Marsh

The Magic Fish
(based on the story "the Fisherman and his wife" by the Brothers Grimm)
words by Judy Marsh

Mother Christmas Saves the Day words by David Fletcher
(Modus Music publication MM200)

Six Silly Songs (for children) words by Trevor Harvey

Skeleton Song (for children) words by Judy Marsh

OTHER WORKS

Adieu, Autumn, Little Trotty Wagtail
settings of three poems by John Clare
(for tenor and piano)

Maid of the Waves
setting of traditional Gaelic poem
(for tenor and piano)

Seen by the Waits, The Darkling Thrush
settings of two poems by Thomas Hardy
(for tenor and piano)

Garden in Autumn
for solo piano

Scherzo
or
Do Come Back Again and
Stop Dashing Away with that Old Smoothing Iron!
(flute, clarinet, violin, violincello and piano)

 


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