Biography

Anthony is an award-winning British composer for the stage and screen. He has written music for several short films, animated films, documentaries and games in the last few years, recently collaborating with indie feature film director Kelly Smith, and Icelandic recording artist Ólafur Arnalds; he is currently scoring his first feature film, Nice Mike, due for cinema release later this year.

Anthony is increasingly in demand as a concert music composer, with several commissions to his name. Ensembles such as the BBC Singers have performed his music, and he has received bursaries and awards from the Bliss Trust, the PRS for Music Foundation and Sound and Music. In 2018, Anthony won Cincinnati Camerata’s international composition prize for his choral work Winter, and his song cycle Scenes from a Wessex Life was shortlisted for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Art Song Composition Award. In March 2019, Anthony was a featured artist on BBC Introducing and a recording of his piece Marimba Movie was broadcast on Radio 3.

Concert music events scheduled this year include: a performance of The Darkling Thrush for choir and harp by Polaris Vocal Ensemble; a new Christmas carol, Nowell Sing We for choir and organ performed by Quinborne Choir; a performance and recording of Scenes from a Wessex Life by The Denver Art Song Project; the premiere of a new song cycle for soprano and piano, The Amherst Chronicles at Harrow Summer Music Festival and performances of several choral pieces in the 2019 London Festival of Contemporary Church Music.

Anthony studied musicology and composition as an organ scholar at Cambridge University, conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and media composition and orchestration with ThinkSpace; he recently graduated from the National Film and Television School with an MA in Composing for Film and TV.

Photo: Sam Hayward

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Anthony Esland

Location 
Tunbridge Wells , Kent
United Kingdom
51° 7' 56.5572" N, 0° 15' 49.302" E
Kent GB