Aled Start (b. 1988) is a Music and Art Teacher, freelance composer, drummer, pianist and tutor based in Ifrane, Morocco.
His compositional background includes:
‘Highly Commended’, 2014 Ty Cerdd Young Composer Competition.
Finalist, 2012 Daryl Runswick Prize.
Overall Winner, 2010 Young Composer of Dyfed (judge: Errollyn Wallen MBE).
Winner, 2009 Trinity College of Music String Quartet Composition Competition (judges: Michael Nyman, Robert Saxton).
Age group category winner, 2009 Young Composer of Dyfed (judge: Lyn Davies, RWCMD),
Works have been performed by the Alba Brass Quintet, O Duo, Vardanyan String Quartet, Lunar Saxophone Quartet, Trinity College Early Music Ensemble, Meridian String Quartet, John Richards’ Dirty Electronics Ensemble, The Orion Orchestra, Contemporary Music Group (CMG) at Trinity and several other chamber ensembles.
As an undergraduate at Trinity College of Music he was fortunate to study or take seminars with the following luminaries: Donnacha Dennehy, Lynne Plowman, Paul Barker, Graham Fitkin, Mark Lockheart, Edward Jessen, Heiner Goebbels, George Fenton, Michael Finnissy, Christian Wolff and Dominic Murcott. His tutors so far have been Stephen Montague, Errollyn Wallen, Deirdre Gribbin and Gwyn Pritchard.
His past interests were dominated with opera and setting texts to compositions, from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Work Without Hope which received several performances in London, to Leeds poet Julian Turner’s Mynydd Hyddgen for Leeds Lieder Festival 2009.
Since autumn 2009, Aled has organised several concerts and is bandleader, organiser and composer for The Raw Stories Collective (www.therawstories.co.uk); a new music group blurring scored and improvised compositional techniques comprising 10 musicians including acclaimed violinist Satoko Fukuda, avante garde pianist Pat Thomas and counter tenor Gordon Waterson. The libretto is supplied by American poet Daniel Moore.
Recent works include a piece for Trinity College of Music Chapel Choir as part of The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music (http://www.lfccm.com/) an opera for his ensemble, The Raw Stories Collective, and a piece for Brass Band.
Aled has keen and broad interests including travel, philosophy and cycling. He is fluent in English, Welsh and Arabic.