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Oliver Iredale Searle

Oliver Iredale Searle

Creative & Contextual Studies and Composition Lecturer


Oliver originally studied music education at Aberdeen University, then taught in further education and in schools. He studied with John Maxwell Geddes to gain a distinction for his Masters degree in 2002, then continued studies with the completion of a PhD in composition.


Recent performances include works for the Hebrides Ensemble, Paragon, Red Note, NYOS, the New Music Players, the BBCSSO and the RSNO, as well as several broadcasts. He is frequently involved in the creation of music for theatre, and has written music for people with Cochlear Implants.


He was the winner of the Mendelssohn Scholarship in 2004, a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2003, and has been nominated for both a Royal Philharmonic Society Award and a British Composer Award. Recent projects include Technophonia, working with Drake Music Scotland, as part of the London cultural Olympiad (and PRS New Music 20×12), and a collaborative music theatre project for the Commonwealth in 2014; he is the Associate Composer with Grinagog Theatre company.