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Joshua Brown


Joshua Brown (1989) is a composer from Rossendale in the North West of England.

Joshua completed his PhD in Composition with Professor Philip Grange at the University of Manchester in 2018. His music often explores the combination of mathematical concepts and freedom for the musicians. This dichotomy of precision processes while composing, alongside elements of chance in performances, embraces the unique qualities individual musicians bring to a piece of music, so that each composition feels like a premiere every time it is played.


Joshua Brown's music is performed widely in the UK and internationally by leading ensembles and soloists. Collaborations have included working with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Quatuor Danel, Martynas Levickis and MikroOrkestra, Jacob Heringman, Clare Wilkinson, John Potter, Susanna Pell, Jackie Shave and Red Note Ensemble, Psappha, Charlotte Trepess, Vytautas Oskinis, Cuarteto Cromano, Pietro Roffi, Manchester Chamber Choir, and Mercury Strings.

As well of composing, Joshua Brown is a sought-after educator. Since 2015 he has taught composition at the University of Manchester, and since 2021 has held the post of Lecturer in Composition. He is also a Composition Tutor at the Junior RNCM, was lead composition tutor for the innovative RNCM Pathfinder scheme, and has been a guest lecturer for various conservatoires in the UK and Europe. Joshua also leads education workshops for leading orchestras, such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's In Harmony Scheme, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Junior Artists Scheme.

From 2019 to 2020 Joshua Brown was an LPO Young Composer with composition mentor Sir James MacMillan, composing for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Also from 2019 to 2020 Joshua was Artist in Residence at the John Rylands Research Institute in Manchester, composing music inspired by the work of Alan Turing.

In 2022 he was on the Sound and Music/Making Music Adopt a Music Creator scheme, partnered with Glasgow Orchestral Society.

"A work full of passion and liberty, yet perfectly structured" Martynas Levickis

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