Andrew Lewis


Andrew Lewis

(Photo: Bea Borgers)

"[His music] possesses the ability to transport the listener to somewhere beyond the concrete and the everyday while apparently originating from within it."
Stuart Marshall, The Sound Projector

Andrew Lewis is a composer based in North Wales (UK). His music is primarily concerned with the materiality of sound, and often uses technology in its realisation and performance. He is especially interested in exploring the latent musicality of everyday sounds as a means of connecting more directly with listeners. His output ranges from 'acousmatic' music (heard solely on multiple loudspeakers) to orchestral and chamber works, often (but not exclusively) including technology. (Read more...)


World Premiere of 'Cori Spezzati' at BEAST FEaST

1 Jul 2022 – 'Cori Spezzati', a new 8-channel acousmatic piece, was premiered at this year's BEAST FEaST in Birmingham. The piece was composed in celebration of 40 years of BEAST and the 70th birthday of Jonty Harrison, to whom the work is also dedicated. 'Cori Spezzati' is the second of a projected trio of works inspired by the spatial music of Gabrielli, the first of which was 'Canzon in Double Echo'.

UPROAR 'Professor Bad trip' resumes!

8 May 2022 – After a lengthy pause due to the Covid pandemic, UPROAR are resuming their Professor Bad Trip tour, including further performances of Canzon in Double Echo. The 2022 dates are Bristol New Music (Arnolfini, Bristol) on 8 May, Caernarfon (Galeri) on 20 May, and Festival KLANG (Montpellier) on 1 June.

'Llanddwyn Skies' at BULO Bristol

1 Apr 2022 – 8-channel acousmatic work 'Llanddwyn Skies' was performed by the BULO, Bristol under Neal Farwell.

World Premiere of 'In Memory' re-scheduled

16 Mar 2022 – New BBC / Tŷ Cerdd commission 'In Memory', for orchestra and electronics, which was due to be premiered on 18 March by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, was cancelled due to Covid among the musicians. The piece has been rescheduled for the orchestra's North Wales tour in November 2022. 'In Memory' continues the Lebenslieder series, and features the voices of those caring for family members with dementia. The commission is in celebration of 100 years of music at Bangor University.

World Premiere of 'Fantazia Upon One Note'

31 Jan 2022 – The world premiere of 'Fantazia Upon One Note' for violin and electronics is to be given by Darragh Morgan at the Bangor Music Festival, on 11 February 2022. Fantazia joins a tradition of contemporary works inspired by Purcell's original, including music by Peter Maxwell Davies, Oliver Knussen and Elliott Carter.

'LEXICON' celebrates Music 100

As part of Bangor University's Music 100 celebrations, audiovisual work LEXICON, was perfomerd by Electroacoustic WALES in Theatr Bryn Terfel, Pontio, Bangor, on October 21 2021.

UPROAR 'Professor Bad trip' tour

13 Mar 2020 – Canzon in Double Echo was given its second performance at Aberystwyth Arts Center as part of UPROAR's continuing Professor Bad Trip tour.

World Premiere of 'Canzon in Double Echo'

28 Feb 2020 – Canzon in Double Echo, for ensemble and electronics, was given its World Premiere by UPROAR at Chapter, Cardiff.

'Earthline' – East meets West

11 Apr 2019 – Earthline, for solo bass and alto flutes with electronics, was given its second performance by Richard Craig at the East Meets West event in Bangor.

Interview on Hear and Now

23 Feb 2019 – Andrew Lewis was interviewed by Kate Molleson on Radio 3's "Hear and Now" programme on 23 February 2019. The show featured UPROAR's premiere of ten new Welsh pieces, and included Andrew Lewis's works Étude aux objets and Skyline

'Étude aux objets' comes to Bangor

9 Feb 2019 – Ensemble piece 'Étude aux objets' was given its second performance by UPROAR at the Bangor New Music Festival on 9 February 2019. The performance was part of UPROAR's 10x10 project featuring newly commissioned works by ten composers from across Wales.

'Earthline' premiered by Richard Craig

09 Feb 2019 – Earthline, composed for flautist Richard Craig, was premiered at the Bangor Music Festival on 9 February. The new work, for solo bass and alto flute and electronics, is based on computer analysis of birdsong, and develops ideas first explored in Skyline

40 Years of EMAS

26 Jan 2019 – Skyline was one of the works featured at a special event marking the 40th anniversary of the founding of EMAS (the Electroacoustc Music Association of Great Britain. The two-day event was organised by BEAN (The British ElectroAcoustic Network) in association with Greenwich University, London, and took take place on 26 and 27 January 2019.

'Straatmuziek' selected for ISCM World Music Days

14 Jan 2019 – Straatmuziek for flute, clarinet, piano and electronics will represent Wales at this year's ISCM World Music Days in Tallinn, Estonia. The piece will be performed by Finnish ensemble Defunensemble.

Sound Junction, Sheffield

02 Nov 2018 – Andrew Lewis was one of the featured composers at this year's Sound Junction festival, Sheffield. He presented a solo concert of works including Ascent, Dark Glass, Skyline and two movements from 'Danses acousmatiques'

L'Espace du Son, Brussels

27 Oct 2018 – Andrew Lewis was one of the featured composers at this year's L'Espace du Son festival, Brussels. He presented a masterclass and a curated a solo concert including Scherzo, Ascent, Dark Glass, Skyline, Penmon Point and LEXICON, along with works by Jonty Harrison, Annie Mahtani and Alex Bailey.

'Skyline' at BULO

26 Oct 2018 – Skyline was performed by the Bristol University Loudspeaker Orchestra on 26 October 2018 at the Victoria Rooms, Bristol

New work for UPROAR

31 Jul 2018 – Andrew Lewis was one of ten composers across Wales composing newly commissioned works for the launch of UPROAR, Wales' new music ensemble. The new work was premiered at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, on October 26 2018.

Lebenslieder wins KLANG prize

5 Jun 2018 – The first movement of Lebenslieder was awarded second prize in the KLANG competition, Montpellier. This work for chamber orchestra and electronics deals with the topic of dementia, blending the voices of those with the condition with the live ensemble.

'Skyline' at BEASTFEaST

27 Apr 2018 – Andrew Lewis performed Skyline on the renowned BEAST diffusion system at the 2018 edition of BEASTFEaST in Birmingham, England

'Storm-song' and 'LEXICON' in Italy

20 Apr 2018 – Andrew Lewis visted the Lice Classico A. Casardi in Barletta, Italy, for "Acusmoniae 3.0" presented by Leo Cicala. The programme included audiovisual piece LEXICON, and Storm-song for piano and fixed media, with Vanessa Sotgiu (piano).

'Lebenslieder' premiere

19 Mar 2018 – Lebenslieder, for chamber orchestra and electronics, was premiered on 19 March at the Pontio Centre, Bangor. An ensemble of 13 musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performed the three movement work at the'Songs from Afar' event, hosted by Welsh broadcaster Beti George. The piece uses the voices of people with dementia and their partners who care for them. Composition of the work was supported by The Leverhulme Trust.