MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA
David Roche has written extensively for orchestra. His own prize-winning orchestral compositions have been performed across the world by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Brazilian National Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orion Orchestra, Orchestra Dolomiti Symphonia, and many other. He is a multi-award winning composer of international scope.
Waves of Love (2020)
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Commissioned by the 2020 Vale of Glamorgan Festival for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Six Prayers (2019-2020)
Second Prize 2020 Tōru Takemitsu Composition Award
First Prize 2019 International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition
Special Prize for Best Orchestral Music 2019 International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition
Rehearsed and performed in Tokyo, Japan, between the 17/01/2021 and 19/01/2021 by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yoichi Sugiyama. Described by Thomas Adès as ‘moving’ and ‘excitingly direct […] with passages of intense expressive power’.
Supported by a Help Musicians UK Transmission Fund
Supported by a grant from the UK Friends of the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Foundation
Supported by a São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival Scholarship
First performed 8/10/2019 by the National Orchestra of Brazil, conducted by Claudio Cohen in Brasilia, Brazil as part of the São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival.
True Great (2018-2019)
Selected for Composition Wales 2019
Performed on 19/02/2019 alongside workshops on 11/01/2019 and 18/02/2019 by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by B Tommy Andersson, as part of Composition Wales.
Acoustical Anatomy (2017-2018)
Commissioned by the Orion Orchestra / Dyson
First Prize 2017-2018 Orion Orchestra / Dyson Composition Competition
First performed 18/02/2018 by the Orion Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, conducted by Toby Purser. This project received a social media coverage of approximately 5 million people, with the promotional video coverage receiving over 150,000 views. The project was reported on by over 15 different journalistic outfits internationally including a double page spread in the London Evening Standard and an article the The i. Sir James Dyson described the work as ‘bold, exciting, and beautiful’.
My Mind Directs My World (2017)
Written as part of Sound and Music's New Voices 2017
First performed 13/09/2017 by the London Graduate Orchestra, conducted by Claire Lampon as part of a Sound and Music Portfolio Residency. The composition was completed over the process of 2 workshops and 2 rehearsals.
FOR ORCHESTRA AND SOLOIST
David Roche's works for soloist and orchestra have been performed all over the world... except for the UK (something he's going to rectify in 2021-2022. Pieces such as VALE are built to accommodate a wide arrange of solo instruments - so make sure you check it out!
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First Prize Composition Competition Dante Moro
Broadcast on Telebelluno TV 5 times from 31/12/2020 until the 03/01/2021. Performed by the Dolomiti Symphonia and Silvia Tessari.
Baptismal Light (2019)
First performed 10/10/2019 by the Laurent Estoppey and the UniCamp Orchestra in Campinas, Brazil as part of the São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival.
David Roche has an extensive list of orchestral music. On the lower part of this page you can find unperformed orchestral works (get in touch to play them!), earlier orchestra works (including IADCC prize-winning pieces, often requested), arrangements of video game music (not for sale, but freely downloadable - properly orchestrated, don't be dubious!), and links to miscellaneous projects such as the multi-international-award-winning Sanrdanapalo project.
EARLIER ORCHESTRAL WORK
Four Bridges, Four Movements
Second Prize 2018 International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition
Best Composition 2018 International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition
Third Prize 2018 International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition
Selected for Composition Wales 2016,
First performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Frank Zielhorst, on the 25/02/2016 and Jac Van Steen, 28/04/2016.
Performed 11/01/2017 by the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra, conducted by Benedict Collins-Rice, as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.
Unmovable Mover Shakers
Supported by 2 separate Downing College Seton Cavendish Travel Grant Awards Supported by a Friends of Musicfest Aberystwyth Bursary.
Performed by the Orion Orchestra at Musicfest Aberystwyth 2016. Conducted by Gabrielle Teychenné.
UNPERFORMED ORCHESTRAL WORKS
Santa Forever (2020)
Blasting, wild music for December - full orchestra.
Nothing is our but Time (2018)
A dramatic, comfortably playable concert opener - full orchestra.
Rotating Skyscrapers (2021)
A persistent, gorgeous work - string orchestra and percussion.
A glorious, powerful, and pastoral work - full orchestra and (flexible) soloist.
All for full orchestra, all scores available to download for free.
The Minecraft classic: tectonic, blasting orchestral music.
Hollow Knight (2020)
Hallownest's swansong - hazy, half-remembered, heroic.