Saturday 21 December at 19:00
St. Mary's Church, Rotherhithe, London
The Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Choral Society
cond. Sue Heath-Downey
with Steve Gisby (electric bass guitar)
are giving the premiere of my 'CAROL'
Born 1962 in Edinburgh, UK, Bonaventure was an organ pupil of Herrick Bunney and a composition student of Judith Weir. A composer and tireless advocate of new music, he has premiered over 70 new works and arrangements for the organ by numerous leading composers in the UK and overseas. He has concertised in cathedrals, churches, universities and at festivals throughout the UK and internationally, on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Scotland, and has made many critically-acclaimed CDs on the SFZ and Delphian labels - most notably the later organ cycles of Olivier Messiaen. Some of the artists he has worked with include Dutch pan-flute player Matthijs Koene, His Majesty's Sagbutts & Cornetts, The Whistlebinkies and shakuhachi player Kiku Day. Always drawn to new and highly unusual combinations of timbre, Bonaventure has been heavily inspired by the pioneering work of artists such as Karl-Erik Welin and Bengt Hambraeus, Minimalism and Electronic Music, and has developed a very personal compositional aesthetic, most recently producing his 'DARENTH', 'IN ORBIT' and 'DRAGON' cycles for organ, various ensemble and electronic works and an extended motet 'O VIRGO VIRGINUM'. He has written for the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral, Sounds Positive, David Appleton (pianocircus) among others, and his music has been heard in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands and the USA.
Scores of all works are available on request.