Alan Perrin

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Alan Perrin is a Belfast based composer, whose work focuses on the design of bespoke musical notation; in which the notation of the work engenders a relationship between performer and score. He read music at the University of Liverpool, where he had the opportunity to study composition with James Wishart. He holds an M.A. in Hispanic Music from the University of Valladolid. He obtained a doctorate in composition at Queen's University Belfast. During his stay in Belfast, he led the OpenMusic Workgroup, a course on algorithmic approaches to composition using the OpenMusic software from IRCAM. Currently, Alan hosts and maintains the OpenMusic Study Group channel on YouTube, a resource for users, new and old, to OpenMusic.

Alan’s compositions are performed across the UK and Ireland, including The National Concert Hall Dublin, The National Centre for Early Music in York, and The Duncairn Centre for culture and arts. He has collaborated with many new music performers including Bill Dowdall, Elizabeth Kenny, Alex Petcu, Gamelan Nua, Michelle O’Rourke, Rafal Luc, Jack Adler-McKean, Duo van Vliet, Chatham Saxophone Quartet, Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, among others.

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Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


From nothing, to something, through everything. for flute and violin (2019)
A not untrue doublespeak answer for soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones (2019)
...apropos of nothing for Mezzo-Soprano and Harpsichord (2018)
Kosmos for guitar quartet (2017)

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Real Time Electronics


Dormiré Sin la Sirena for viola and accordion and electronics (2019)

Choral Ensemble


5 for two sopranos, tenor, and baritone (2019)

Solo Instrument


Soundless Musical ideas hear occasionally for Microtonal Tuba (2018)
...apropos of nothing for Mezzo-Soprano and Harpsichord (2018)
5 for two sopranos, tenor, and baritone (2019)
A not untrue doublespeak answer for soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones (2019)
Dormiré Sin la Sirena for viola and accordion and electronics (2019)
From nothing, to something, through everything. for flute and violin (2019)
Kosmos for guitar quartet (2017)
Soundless Musical ideas hear occasionally for Microtonal Tuba (2018)