"...and gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name"

Adrian Lee

Composer, music director, creative arts facilitator, multi-instrumentalist and music publisher

His output comprises over 60 scores for theatre, TV, radio, film, dance and music theatre.

Commissions include music scores for the UK’s principal broadcasters and theatre companies.

Music composed for the Royal National Theatre includes Robert Lepage’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories and for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Ted Hughes‘ Tales from Ovid and various collaborations with Artistic Director, Gregory Doran including Macbeth, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, The Canterbury Tales and Morte d’Arthur.

His scores for television include commissions broadcast by BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, NatGeo and Animal Planet.

He formed his own publishing company, Musicotopia in 2008, through which he provides media composition and production services.

Over the past 30 years, his work has helped pioneer the integration of world music performance traditions and styles in mainstream media productions and his scores demonstrate a broad spectrum of compositional approach, from devised, group collaborations making extensive use of improvisation to fully-notated compositions. Since the early 1990s he has developed these interests in various community and education-based creative arts projects designed to integrate the compositional and performance input of participants of all ages and abilities. These include The Odyssey, a devised music-theatre work which combined the creative contribution of over 120 school children and community gamelan ensemble, commissioned by Norfolk Education Authority with funds provided by PRS Foundation, Starlings Kissing commissioned by London Contemporary Dance School and a six-month residency funded by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra designed to assist the creative development and social interaction of young people and adults with special educational needs based in the Strathclyde region.

Since his first practical introduction to gamelan in 1979, the music of Java, Bali and Malaysia has had a profound influence on his work. His compositions for gamelan have been performed in major concert venues in the UK, Europe and South-east Asia including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Kuala Lumpur. Works specifically for gamelan ensemble include Alicesongs, The Knight with the Lion (commissioned by the South Bank Gamelan Players), The Island Princess (RSC) and Hakikat Air and Wujud Antara, both commissioned by Malaysia’s leading contemporary gamelan ensemble, Rhythm in Bronze.

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  • Hakikat Air - Original composition using texts by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), commissioned by Rhythm in Bronze, Kuala Lumpur 2001

  • Wujud Antara - Oroginal composition for Malay gamelan ensemble with solo Carantic violin and mridingam, commisioned by Rhythm in Bronze, Kuala Lumpur 2004.
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