Timothy Cape is a composer, performer, events producer and educator who is interested in theatrical possibilities of musical performance. Recent projects have developed beyond instrumental work, exploring the use of language as a tool for a performance’s introspection, and the inherent musicality contained in the nuances of conversational speech, leading to pieces dealing with political issues such as advertising and the value of work, and other themes such as the ego of the artist and the anxiety of the performer.
He was born in Donegal, Ireland and studied composition at TrinityLaban, London.
Notable awards include the Daryl Runswick Composition prize (2011) the medal for excellence in composition (2013) from TrinityLaban, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition prize (2013) and the Francis Chagrin Award from Sound and Music (2014). In 2014 he was commissioned by the Britten Pears Foundation to write for the Project Instrumental String Ensemble. In 2016 he was one of three artists selected for the Spitalfields Music Open Call commission funded by PRSF, for “Worker Portraits” which was an investigative performance project based on interviews with people working in the borough of Tower Hamlets about their relationship to their jobs.
His work has been performed internationally at venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Kings Place, The Place, ICA, Wiltons Music Hall, The Cockpit Theatre, and in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Berlin and Munich.
He is co-director of the Bastard Assignments composer collective. Dubbed “New music champions” by Sinfini Music, “Thank god for deranged music collectives like Bastard Assignments” – in The Spectator and “ On the borders of what?” – in The Guardian, they have been funded by Sound and Music, Arts Council England and PRS to create experimental performance events in unconventional venues, as well as showing their own work at AUT in Denmark, Frontiers Festival in Birmingham, Block T in Dublin, Nonclassical, Zero Wave and Tete a Tete festival in London, and working with ACM ensemble and The Hermes Experiment. In Summer 2016 they collaborated with German Artists Neele Hulcker and Ludwig Abraham in Berlin and Munich with funding from ACE’s Artists’ International Development Fund. In September 2016 BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now programme broadcasted an hour long feature episode with Bastard Assignments live from the Southbank Centre.
He is currently studying privately with Jennifer Walshe with support of a Help Musicians Talent Bursary.
Alongside his composing work, he is engaged in community work, musically and otherwise. He is a committee member of the Sunnyside Community Gardens in his local area of Archway, London, was a Trainee Music Leader at Spitalfields Music and gives composition, improvisation, junk band and brass workshops in a variety of settings. You can read his blog post about a recent project in a care home here.
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Article with interview about my Spitalfields Music Open Call commission (2016). View
Interview in The Wire magazine featuring a description of My my my (2015) . View
Guardian article about Bastard Assignments. View
Spectator article mentioning Bastard Assignments. View
© 2017 Timothy Cape