Nick Redfern Foxton School of Music Cloud Factory Publications
Nick Redfern

I was born in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England on 25th December, 1962, where I completed my education at Ashby Grammar School.  I learnt to play the piano and played, all but briefly, the violin and viola.  I was active as a singer in choirs based in Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Leicestershire Youth Chamber Choir, which was then under the direction of John Whitworth.  It was as a member of this choir, and greatly inspired by John’s superlative musicianship, that I first realised a deep and profound connection to music as an expressive art form, which has remained to this day.  John died in 2013 at the age of 91.

I began to compose at an early age, and as a teenager became influenced by the music of Benjamin Britten, Luciano Berio and Alban Berg.  I studied composition at Huddersfield Polytechnic with Richard Steinitz, who enabled me to develop a more refined and mature language.  Postgraduate study was completed at King’s College London, The Royal College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire under Jeremy Dale Roberts, Edwin Roxburgh and Lamberto Coccioli.

I enjoyed a reasonably successful career as a composer, gaining performances from The Vega Wind Quintet, BBC Singers, Lontano, The Balenescu Quartet, Melinda Maxwell, Andrew Ball, The Composers Ensemble, RCM Symphony Orchestra, The Ionian Singers and RCM Chamber Choir.

This initial productive period was followed by long periods of silence, where sustained problems with my mental health and a substantial commitment to lecturing have proven detrimental.  However, I am a pragmatist and, so, philosophical and remain thoroughly committed to music and creative musicianship.  There was a brief flourish of activity from 2002 to 2009 where I found a new creative voice and received some wonderful performances from the BBC Singers, Jane Chapman, Elena Riu, Kathryn Tickell and SCAW.

My work as a writer began to develop after Launching Cloud Factory Publications Limited in June, 2014.  There are currently seven works of musical analysis available on Amazon Kindle, with some substantial volumes in progress.

I live in a small village in Leicestershire with my wife and two cats and enjoy taking an active part in our small community, where I am church organist and pianist for the community choir. I now run a small teaching practice, Foxton School of Music Limited.


2018 London Ear Festival Composer’s Competition 22nd March

My work Swirl is one of six finalists in this international award for contemporary music. Swirl will be premiered by Uroboros Ensemble. Click for more information.