John Whittaker (contemporary composer)
John Whittaker is a composer of mostly small-scale musical compositions. Born in Liverpool, he lives in Reading, Berkshire. UK.
His choral works and his Shakespeare settings for voice and piano have been performed in many countries including the UK, The USA, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden.
His musical genre is in the tradition of the 20th Century English composers - showing a strong influence of the music of Vaughan Williams.
One of his most successful works is his chamber opera 'The Three Wayfarers' (based on a story by Thomas Hardy), which was performed in a workshop performance by 'Opera Anywhere' in 2015 at The Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon. Another one-act opera, written for just five performers, 'The Proposal' (based on a short comic play by Anton Chekhov), had performances in London and St. Albans in February, 2018 by Irrational Theatre Opera Company.
Being a member of the Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra in Berkshire, has led to the writing of some short orchestral pieces, including an overture and 'The Christmas Garland' a cantata for baritone and orchestra (performed with the CSO and soloist Andrew Sparling in 2017).
He has also written music for children. Most notable is the cantata 'Aesop's Fables' (first performed by the Oxford Youth Choir in 2004) for children's choir, baritone and an orchestral ensemble.
His recent SATB arrangement of Vaughan Williams: Folk Songs of The Four Seasons' has created interest and is to be performed in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA in 2022 (more details to follow).
John was a finalist in the HCO Composer's Competition, 2016 - and a winner of the International Viola Society Composer's Competition, November 2018.
Link: Music for Viola Quartet.