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Pincher Martin

An opera in one act based on the novel by William Golding

Oliver Rudland

oliver with metronome

Oliver Rudland is an English composer based in Cambridge, UK, known for his accessible style of modern composition. His operas have received particular attention and critical acclaim. 


His latest opera, Pincher Martin, based on the novel by William Golding, was staged at the RCM Britten Theatre in July 2014: 'This is an eloquent, succinct opera... In music and design..., Pincher Martin pinched and gripped. This opera deserves to live.' (The Times: ★★★★)


'Rudland appears to have achieved that rare and valuable object: a contemporary work that is both challenging yet accessible. Despite its disturbing subject matter, Pincher Martin is lyrical, inventive, and above all a thoroughly engaging work.' (Bachtrack: ★★★★)


His first opera, The Nightingale and the Rose, after the story by Oscar Wilde, was staged at the Carriageworks Theatre for four nights in 2008 by Leeds Youth Opera. 'Exceptional talent...Oliver is going to be a big name in the future' (Yorkshire Evening Post).


In 2011, his children’s opera, The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, based on the classic story by Jill Tomlinson, was staged at the Cambridge University Church, and received very positive reviews. 'This was children's opera at its best; it was fun and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds' (GSM News).


His chamber works have been performed at the Cheltenham International Music Festival, the Southbank Centre, and the DiMenna Center (NYC), as well as at other venues worldwide. His trombone sonata, The Conquests of Zeus, has been performed widely across Europe by Matthew Gee, principal trombonist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Oliver was the composer-in-residence with the London Choral Sinfonia, directed by Michael Waldron from 2015-17, who performed two newly commissioned works at St John's Smith Square, London.


Oliver is currently working towards a new large-scale, two-act opera due for completion in 2020.