John Hardy

John Hardy

John Hardy is a composer whose concert music has been described as ‘utterly engrossing’ and ‘unique’ by The Guardian, ‘witty’ by the Independent, ‘gripping and intensely theatrical’ by Opera Now, and ‘energetic, instinctive’ by the Times.

His commissions include substantial choral and instrumental works for organisations such as Welsh National Opera, DV8, BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales, Music Theatre Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra, Test Dept, and Westminster Abbey.

Awarded five BAFTA Cymru awards for ‘Best Original Soundtrack Music’ with a further five nominations, John Hardy is experienced in the art of writing original music for film and other media such as television, theatre, dance, visual arts and other forms of collaboration. He has written original music for over 350 productions including films, drama series, documentaries and broadcasts viewed worldwide. These include the Oscar-nominated film Hedd Wyn, America: The Story of Us for History Channel (USA), Wild Wales for BBC2 and The Secret Life of Birds for BBC1 Wales.

John Hardy‘s orchestral piece Blue Letters from Tanganyika, commissioned, performed and broadcast six times by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, was released on Ffin Records in 2009. The same year John was commissioned by the BBC Concert Orchestra to compose one twelfth of a composite piece for a special Music & Chance concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall, along with the Pet Shop Boys, Will Gregory and Anne Dudley, later broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

In April 2010, John became Head of Contemporary Music, Composition and Creative Music Technology at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. He continues to work actively as a creative musician, in collaboration with a small creative team of highly-trained and flexibly-minded young composers, all graduates of RWCMD. Recent collaborative projects include: National Theatre Wales: The Persians and Coriolan/us, Soul Exchange, {150}, Iliad and Storms. Recent film and TV projects include Steel Country (starring Andrew Scott), Hinterland / Y Gwyll (BBC4/Netflix/S4C), 1917 – Countdown to Revolution (BBC2), Andy Marr’s The Men Who Invented Scotland (BBC2), and Craith / Hidden (BBC4/Netflix/S4C).

Given rapid developments in how new music is composed, performed, shared and stored, John is especially interested in exploring ways for younger artists to prepare themselves for a lifetime of rewarding and sustainable creativity and collaboration.

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