Martin Thiselton is a versatile composer based in South Yorkshire: He has written in a variety of styles including electronic multitracking, orchestral and chamber works, keyboard and vocal works. He has been classically trained but has plenty of experience with popular music, folk and rock music. Through the analysis of recent popular music and a thorough grounding in classical techniques his musical language is evolving and widening.
Martin was born in the Summer of 1969 in Bristol; his family moved to Sheffield in 1970. His music degree from Durham included a first year subsidiary course in Electronics, and a second and third year in Acoustics and Studio composition. He also studied orchestration, fugue, harmony and counterpoint.
He returned to Sheffield in 1990 to work towards a Masters degree in organ performance and composition which was completed in 1993. Between 1993 and 1996 he wrote two pieces for organ and orchestra entitled Rhapsody and Study. He also won a prize for a high score in a grade 8 theory paper. He has continued to live in Sheffield, although in 1996 worked towards a doctorate degree in composition under Nicholas Sackman at Nottingham University. This was completed in 2001 during which time he received a prize for his piece Four Songs from the North. He married Jackie in 2001 and now has two children.
Martin now works for the Sheffield Music Academy, Sheffield High School, and the Music Service in Barnsley. He has been a guest conductor for two orchestras, and is an organist (St Timothy's Church, Sheffield), accompanist and viola player. He has recently joined the folk progressive rock band, Manning: