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Marcus Davidson was a chorister at Worcester Cathedral.  He read Music at Birmingham University, studying composition with Vic Hoyland, and received a master’s degree in composition at City University, London, studying with Rhian Samuel.

Marcus is currently focusing on music which reflects sounds from nature, often working with recordings in his compositions.  He has special interests in organ, dance, vocal and electroacoustic music.

His work The Conscious Sky, premiered in Bergen in 2014, is a concert that blends space recordings and film, with vocal ensemble, percussion, sound track and Hindu texts.  His work The Passing, which includes space recordings, was broadcast by Radio Deutschland for the CTM12 festival Berlin, and is now released by Touch.

Marcus featured in the Bergen International Festival 2012 with Bee Symphony, a collaboration with sound recordist Chris Watson, where recordings of honey bees are fused with human song.  It was premiered at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank in London 2009.  Watson and Davidson’s second piece, Sea Polyphonies, which fuses vocal ensemble with sea recordings was premiered at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, New York City, September 2012.

In 2016 he premiered with violinist Roger Huckle Standing Waves, a multimedia concert using a unique combination of Earth sounds and film, with the music of the west and eastern hemispheres.

Marcus is a member of Spire, the Organ based project by Touch and has performed at festivals throughout Europe, notably Kontraste Festival, Austria in 2013, Bergen Kirkeautunnale festival 2013, Spitalfield Music Festival, London in 2012, and the CTM12 Festival, Berlin in 2012.

He has written and arranged for the London based a cappella trio Voice, who included his compositions on their albums Musical Harmony 2013 and Patterns of Love 2015.  Voice premiered 2 new arrangements with cellist Matt Haimovitz in London July 2016.

Other recent commissions include film scores for British Film Institute DVD Fairy Tales – Early colour stencil film from Pathé, Hardingfele ensemble pieces for Osterøy Spel- og Dansarlag  for Hardingfele ensemble,  and 4 Rhapsodies for solo classical guitar for premiered by Hallgeir Fiskaaen,  May 2016.

He has also worked in ballet and contemporary dance, composing and playing for London professional schools and companies, as well as Norway’s leading contemporary dance company Carte Blanche.

Marcus has lived and worked in Bergen, Norway since 2010.  He is trying to learn to ski, particularly the bit where you successfully stop.

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Concerts

The Conscious Sky

Sacred Space

Standing Waves

The Conscious Sky

The Conscious Sky

Music of the Spheres

A concert blending space sounds with vocal ensemble, percussion, soundtrack, Sanskrit texts and film. If you ever wondered what Pythagoras´ Music of the Spheres sounds like – here it is!

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Sacred Space

Sacred Space

Organ concerts

Sacred Space an organ based concert produced by Marcus Davidson and Charles Matthews that expands the soundscape of the organ, using backing tapes, samples, recordings from nature and voice.

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Standing Waves

Standing Waves

Multimedia concert

Devised and composed by Marcus Davidson and Roger Huckle, Standing Waves is a multimedia concert using a unique combination of Earth sounds and film, with the music of the west and eastern hemispheres.

Read more

The Conscious Sky

The Conscious Sky

Music of the Spheres

A concert blending space sounds with vocal ensemble, percussion, soundtrack, Sanskrit texts and film. If you ever wondered what Pythagoras´ Music of the Spheres sounds like – here it is!

read more

Sacred Space

Sacred Space

Organ concerts

Sacred Space an organ based concert produced by Marcus Davidson and Charles Matthews that expands the soundscape of the organ, using backing tapes, samples, recordings from nature and voice.

Read more

Standing Waves

Standing Waves

Multimedia concert

Devised and composed by Marcus Davidson and Roger Huckle, Standing Waves is a multimedia concert using a unique combination of Earth sounds and film, with the music of the west and eastern hemispheres.

Read more

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Listen to examples of Marcus´s work!

The Conscious Sky is a concert conceived and composed by Marcus Davidson, that blends space recordings and film, with vocal ensemble, percussion, sound track and Sanskrit texts.

Marcus composed a new soundtrack for this early colour stencil film from Pathé — one of the wonderful films from the dawn of cinema found on the BFI’s DVD collection Fairy Tales released 3 December 2012.

A setting  the poem The Ziggarut builders by Iraqi Assyrian poet Sargon Boulus performed by Voice (Victoria Couper, Clemmie Franks, Emily Burn), Khyam Allami, ud and Tara Franks, cello

Excerpt from the concert The Conscious Sky by Marcus Davidson, featuring the vocal overtoning of Jayson Stilwell and violin by Manna Frøyland. Images curtesy of the Hubble telescope.

Hallgeir Fiskaaen performs the 3rd movement of 4 Rhapsodies by Marcus Davidson. Recorded at Loddefjord Kirke, Norway on 5th May 2017.

The Passing – Organ & Electronics. Recorded at St. Stephan’s Church, Mautern, Austria as part of Spire live at The Kontraste Festival, Krems, 11th October 2013. Performed by Marcus Davidson.

Sacred Space a concert produced by Marcus Davidson and Charles Matthews that expands the soundscape of the organ, using backing tapes, samples using recordings from nature and space sounds and voice.

Standing Waves is a multimedia concert devised and composed by Marcus Davidson and Roger Huckle, using a unique combination of Earth sounds and film, with the music of the west and eastern hemispheres.

 

Hear Voice sing Angelica the Doorkeeper on Soundcloud.

 

 

 

 

Opposites Attract 

Charles Matthews plays an excerpt from Opposites Attract, recorded at Geneva Cathedral, 5th September 2004.  Broadcast by Swiss radio.  Released by Touch on Spire Live.

 

 

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