John Casken

John Casken has firmly established himself as one of the most distinctive British composers of his generation.

After graduating from the University of Birmingham, he spent time in Warsaw studying with Andrzej Dobrowolski, and there formed a close association and friendship with Witold Lutoslawski. He was a Lecturer at the Universities of Birmingham and Durham, and from 1992-2008, Professor of Music at The University of Manchester, where he retains strong links as Emeritus Professor of Music. In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by Birmingham University.

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John Casken in conversation with Paul Archbold

John Casken considers his compositions Apollinaire's Bird and Orion over Farne

John Casken discusses Apollinaire's Bird

John Casken discusses Orion over Farne

Filmmakers: Paul Archbold & David Lefeber

Poetry, Music, Drama: the creation of contemporary opera

John Casken considers the writing of his operas Golem and God’s Liar

Composing a libretto

Composing a libretto - Questions

Composing a libretto - Round Table

Contemporary Opera in Performance - Round Table

Filmmakers: Paul Archbold & Colin Still





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