Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian


Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian was recently the composer-in-residence with the London Symphony Orchestra at the National Trust property 575 Wandsworth Road (2015 - 2017), generously supported by LSO Patron Susie Thomson, and she was previously resident at Handel & Hendrix in London (2012 - 2014).

Anglo-Armenian, and born in Suffolk, she grounds her work in the British isles — digging into their rich soil to find artefacts which we would not always imagine to be native.

Cevanne has balanced a diverse portfolio, with commissions ranging from the London Jazz Festival, BBC Radio 3, and a bilingual music drama for Swedish National Radio (Prix Marulic finalist 2015).

She has recently written for Trish Clowes’ 2017 album and Emulsion Sinfonietta; and for Clarence Adoo’s latest HighNote technology, thanks to the Helen Hamlyn Trust.

Her own take on the tradition of ‘eye-music’ has led her to produce tactile scores where visual art structures her music. Consortium 5Living Room in London, and Handel House have commissioned such works, and earlier this year Cevanne’s residency with the LSO produced pieces based on the many carved, painted, and collected scenes in Khadambi Asalache’s house.

She is currently transcribing her folk song for the upcoming book by visual artists JocJonJosch; interpreting Hendrix’s wood-chip wallpaper with leading jazz musicians Calum Gourlay and Chris Montague thanks to the work of artist Maya Ramsay and a PRSF award; and completing an electronic album with Crewdson using found sounds and wearable tech inventions.

Cevanne studied at the University of Cambridge with a scholarship, and gained first class honours, with prizes for research and composition (Turle; Gamble; Rima-Alamuddin; Girton). She also held a scholarship at TrinityLaban. She is grateful for her association with LSO Soundhub, and for having had guidance from Paul Newland, James Macmillan with the LSO Panufnik scheme, Michel Van der Aa with Aldeburgh Music, and from the Serious Take Five scheme, supported by the Jerwood Fund, PRSF and Help Musicians.

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