COMPOSING

Andrew Keeling is a multi-faceted composer and musician. He was a cathedral chorister during the 1960s, played rock music in the 1970s and turned to composition in the 1990s. His composition teachers were John Casken and Anthony Gilbert. He also studied part-time with Nicola Lefanu and was mentored by Howard Skempton and John Tavener.

Keeling's music has been performed, broadcast and recorded throughout the world by many leading ensembles and musicians, with music appearing on the Delphian, Metier, Riverrun, Burning Shed, Spaceward and DGM/Panegyric labels. It has been published by Faber.

He is also a musicologist/writer with a series of musical guides on King Crimson, Robert Fripp and the Comsat Angels.

As an arranger and flautist/guitarist, Keeling has worked alongside Robert Fripp to produce The Wine of Silence which received worldwide acclaim. He has also played on and arranged music for releases by Tim Bowness, The Gong Farmers and his alt-rock recording unit, Andrew Keeling and Otherworld.

He also works as a music improviser, with such releases as the David Cross/Andrew Keeling, English Sun album and the Banshee Engine's The Blue Place.

 

"Evening Star"

by Fripp & Eno

Andrew Keeling in conversation 

with Peter Davidson

Andrew Keeling's String Quartet 

'Present'

Andrew Keeling - Works

 

Our Life is Hid
two choirs and percussion 1988
First performance: BBC Singers/Simon Limbrick/cond. John Aldiss. BBC, London,1988
(Withdrawn)

Meditatio
viola, harp, cimbalom & strings 1989
(Recorded on Hidden Streams DGM CD)
First performance: Opus 20, cond. Scott Stroman. St. John’s - Smith Square, London, 1992.

 

Quaternaries
flute/alto fl, clarinet/bs cl, violin & cello 1990
First performance: Capricorn. Bath Festival, 1992.

Pneuma
piano solo 1992
First performance: Steven Wray. St. James’ Piccadilly, London, 1993.

Distant Skies
flute/alto/bass fl, Eb clarinet/bass cl, piano 1992
(Broadcast by Het Trio on BBC Radio 3, 1993)
First performance: Het Trio, Liverpool Hope University, 1993.

 

O Ignis Spritus
counter-tenor, two tenors and baritone 1992
(Broadcast on BBC World Service, 1994; recorded on Quickening the Dead CD [RVR] by The Hilliard Ensemble)
First performance: The Hilliard Ensemble, Switzerland, 1993.

 

Wrestling with Angels
saxophone quartet 1993
(Winner of Gregynog Composer of Wales award; broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 1995)
First performance: Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Gregynog Festival, Wales, 1993.

 

Assumptio
organ 1993
First performance: David Titterington, St.Marylebone Church, London, 1993.

 

Upon the Edge of Autumn
small orchestra 1994
(Broadcast by BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, 1996, on BBC Radio 3)
Commissioned by Worfield Charity Concert Trust. First performance, University of Manchester Chamber Orchestra, cond. Charles Cross. Manchester, 1994.

 

Hidden Streams
eleven solo strings 1994
(Recorded by Opus 20 on Hidden Streams DGM CD)
First performance: The Goldberg Ensemble cond. Malcolm Layfield. University of Manchester, 1994.

 

Concerto Nekyia
percussion concerto 1995
Commissioned by Evelyn Glennie. First performance: Evelyn Glennie, Trinity College New Music Ensemble, cond. Diego Masson. Royal Naval College Chapel, Greewich, 1999.

 

Cantata - A Place of Light
three soloists, chamber choir and orchestra 1996

 

Deadfall
clarinet, percussion, piano and str. Trio 1996
Commissioned by Oxford Contemporary Music Festival. First performance: Festival Ensemble. Oxford, 1996.

 

Unseen Shadows
violin and piano 1996
(Recorded by Melanie Brandon & Daniel Smith on Quickening the Dead CD [RVR])
Commissioned by Steven Wray and Tomas Tulacek. First performance: St. John’s - Smith Square, London, 1997.

 

In the Clear
solo flute 1997
(Recorded by Alison Hayhurst on Quickening the Dead CD [RVR])
Commissioned by Nancy Ruffer. First performance: Worden Arts Centre, Leyland,1998

 

Quickening the Dead
soprano sax and two pianos 1997
(Recorded by Bacchanalia on Quickening the Dead CD [RVR]
Commissioned by Bacchanalia. First performance: University of Edinburgh, 1997.

 

Tangled Thread
tuba quartet 1997
Commissioned by Tubulate. First performance: York, 1997.

 

The Moon and the Yew Tree
SATB choir 1997
First performance: BBC Singers, Maida Vale, London, 1997.

 

The Heart Has Not Stopped
SATB choir 1997
Commissioned by Bolton Chamber Choir. First performance, RNCM, Manchester,1997

 

Tjarn
solo piano 1998
(Recorded by Steven Wray on Quickening the Dead CD [RVR])
Commissioned by Steven Wray. First performance: The Warehouse, London, 1998.

 

One Flesh
treble viol and lute 1999
(Recorded by Susanna Pell and Jacob Heringman on Quickening the Dead CD [RVR])
A wedding present for Susanna Pell and Jacob Heringman. First performance: Majorca, 1999.

 

Afterwords
viol consort 1999
(Published by Fretwork Editions)
Commissioned by Fretwork. First performance: The Warehouse, London, 2000.

 

Off the Beaten Track
viola and piano 1999
(Recorded by Cathy Stevens and Steven Wray on Quickening the Dead CD [RVR])
Commissioned by Cathy Stevens. First performance: Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, 1999.

 

Sacred Time
harp 1999
Commissioned by Worfield Charity Concert Trust. First performance: Kirsty Whatley, Shropshire, 1999.

 

Just Lost When I Was Saved
SATB choir 1999
Commissioned by Bolton Chamber Choir. First performance: Cartmell Priory, 1999.

 

Reclaiming Eros
piano quartet 2000
(Recorded by Stor Quartet for forthcoming CD. To be published by PRB Productions, USA.)
Commissioned by the Deal Festival. First performance: the Newbold Piano Quartet, Deal, Kent, 2000.

 

My Lute, Awake!
mezzo, Renaissance flute, lute & viol 2000
(Recorded by Virelai on Sad Steps CD [RVR])
Commissioned by Virelai. First performance: Radovlijca Festival, Slovenia, 2000.

 

Sad Steps
mezzo, Renaissance flute, lute & viol 2000
(Recorded by Virelai on Sad Steps CD [RVR])
Commissioned by Virelai. First performance: Radovlijca Festival, Slovenia, 2000.

Obscure Pattern of the Darkness
piano 2001
(Broadcast on Hungarian Radio by Elisabeth Klein, 2003)
Commissioned by Elisabeth Klein. First performance: University of Liverpool, 2001.

 

Black Sun
lute 2001
(Recorded by Jacob Heringman for forthcoming CD)
Commissioned by Jacob Heringman. First performance: Spitalfields Festival, 2001.

 

Seule
mezzo soprano 2001
(Recorded by Catherine King for forthcoming CD)
Commissioned by Catherine King. First performance: Spitalfields Festival, 2001.

 

Fruhlingsregen
mezzo soprano & piano 2001
(To be recorded for forthcoming CD)
Commissioned by Katharine Durran. First performance: University of Hull, 2002.

 

Requiescat
(collab. With Robert Fripp) chamber choir & orch. 2002
(Broadcast by The Metropole Orchestra on Dutch Radio, 2003)
Commissioned by the Holland Festival. First performance: The Metropole Orchestra, The Paradiso, Amsterdam, 2003.

 

Modern Love
counter-ten, four recorders & lute 2002
(Broadcast by Michael Chance, the Brisk Recorder Quartet and Jacob Heringman on Dutch Radio)
Commissioned by the Brisk Recorder Quartet. First performance: The Holland Festival, Groningen, Holland, 2003.

 

Ave Verum Corpus
SATB and organ 2002
(Published by Faber)
Commissioned by Bolton Parish Church Choir. First performance: Bolton Parish Church, 2002.

 

Powered By Joy
mezzo, two tenors and baritone 2002
(Recorded by Gothic Voices for forthcoming CD)
Commissioned by Gothic Voices. First performance: Gothic Voices, the Radovlijca Festival, 2005.

 

MirAre
theorbo 2003
(Recorded by Matthew Wadsworth for forthcoming CD)
Commissioned by Matthew Wadsworth. First performance: Wigmore Hall, London, 2003.

 

Scarlet Letters
guitar 2003
(Recorded by Abigail James for forthcoming CD. To be published by PRB Productions, USA.)
Commissioned by Abigail James. First performance: The Warehouse, London, 2004

 

Gefunden
viol consort 2003
(Recorded by the Yukimi Kambe Viol Consort for forthcoming CD. Published by PRB Productions, USA.)
Commissioned by the Yukimi Kambe Viol Consort. First performance: Tokyo, 2004.

 

Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis
SATB & organ 2003
Commissioned by the choir of St. Hild and St. Bede’s, Durham.

 

Games of Chance
soprano and piano 2004
Commissioned by Sandra Lissenden and Katharine Durran. First performance: Jersey Arts Centre, 2004.

 

Lullaby - Caela
piano 2004
Commissioned by the Highveld Project. First performance: Steven Wray, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, 2004.

 

Missae - Telum Passionis
SATB, organ and tubular bells 2004
Commissioned by Rossall School Chapel Choir, Fleetwood. First performance: tba

 

Cryptex
flute/alto fl, guitar 2004
Commissioned by Abigail James and Rowland Sutherland. First performance: Corsham Festival, 2004.

 

O Lord, Increase My Faith
SATB & organ 2004
Commissioned by the Alteri Chamber Choir. First performance: tba

 

Artemis
soprano and piano 2004
(Recorded by Alison Smart and Katharine Durran for contemporary French Song CD - Metier, 2005)
Commissioned by Alison Smart and Katharine Durran. First performance: Purcell Room, London, 2004.

 

A Child Divine (for Edie)
bass viol 2004
Performed by Susanna Pell for Reclaiming Eros CD, Burning Shed, 2005

 

Summer Lightning
narrator, flute and soundscape 2005
Commissioned by TripleSec. First performance: Scotland, 2005.

 

Petit Requiem pour Basil
narrator, flute and piano 2005
Commissioned by TripleSec. First performance: France, 2005

 

Blue Dawn - six pieces for piano
piano 2005
Commissioned by Steven Wray. First performance: tba (To be recorded for future CD)

 

Wedden
solo flute 2005
for Nicholas and Roseanne. First performance: Nick & Rosie’s wedding, Eastnor,2005

 

Phoenix
bass clarinet 2006
Commissioned by Ian Mitchell. First performance: Durham, March, 2006. (To be recorded for future CD)

 

The Wind on the Moor: Children’s opera, 2006.
Commissioned by Opera House/the Bronte Society. Music - Andrew Keeling; libretto - Alison Prince; with contributions from the children and teachers of the Lees School, Myrtle Park School, Frizinghall School and Margaret MacMillan School. First performance: St.Michael and All Angels, Haworth, Yorkshire. 30th March, 2006.

 

Balloons
A musical, 2006
Libretto, Alison Prince; music, Andrew Keeling. Finalist in the Highland Quest search for new musicals. First performed as a half-hour showcase, The MacPhail Centre, Ullapool, Scotland, July 8th and 9th, 2006. First full performance: Arran Community Theatre, Lamlash High School, 12th Nov. 2008.

 

String Quartet - Present
Commissioned by Stuart Corrie for Rebecca Brown
and the Admiral Quartet, 2006.
First performance, Rossall School Arts Week, 24th March 2007.

 

Pirate Things
Five songs for mezzo-soprano and bass clarinet, 2007.
Settings of poems by Alison Prince. Commissioned by and first performed by Alison Wells and Ian Mitchell at the University of Belfast, 8th February, 2007.

 

Magic on Arran - children's opera (2007)
Commissioned by The Robert McLellan Festival, funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Music - Andrew Keeling; libretto - Alison Prince with the children of Brodick, Corrie, Kilmory, Lamlash, Pirnmill, Shiskine and Whiting Bay Primary Schools. First performance: Brodick Hall, Brodick, Isle-of-Arran, Saturday 8th September. Directed by Virginia Rushton (Operahouse Music Projects).

 

Guitar Quartet - Scry
Commissioned by Cuarteto Tastiera, 2007
First performance: National Museum, Colombia, South America.

 

Maximon
for soprano saxophone and marimba, 2007
Commissioned by Joel Garthwaite and Dave Danford
First performance: RNCM Percussion Day, 3rd Feb. 2008

 

Chinese Steps
for solo flute and flute orchestra, 2008
Commissioned by Atarah Ben Tovim/BFS.First performance -
BFS Convention, August 2008, RNCM, Manchester

 

You Cut the String
for 5-string electric violin and loops, 2008
Commissioned by Steve Bingham for his solo electric violin/loops CD
First performance by Steve Bingham at Kings Lynn Arts Centre, May, 2008

 

Rappellez
for flute and piano, 2008
First performance: Andrew Keeling and Stuart Corrie. Nick Drake Tribute recital, St. Mary Magdelene, Tanworth-in-Arden, August 3rd, 2008

 

Train.Island.Train.
for marimba and piano, 2009/09
Commissioned by Dave Danford and Nicola Rose. First performance: tba
Published by Alto Publications. www.altopublications.com

 

Wanderlust
for French horn and piano, 2009
Commissioned by Stuart Corrie for Kathryn Brown
First performance: Ashford School, 2011

 

Memento Mori (remembering Sandra)
for solo flute, 2009
First performance: Sandra Unwin's funeral service,
Emmanuel Church, Fleetwood, 18th November 2009

 

Beacon Hill
Ensemble, 2010
Commissioned by Contact Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
First performance – recording, May, 2010

 

Riverborn
for mandolin and guitar, 2010
Commissioned by the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK
First performance: Alison Stephens and Craig Ogden, 16th January, 2011

 

Manawyddan's Glass Door
for organ, 2010
Commissioned by Stuart Corrie
First performance, Canterbury Catherdral, July, 2011

 

Chinvat Bridge (In memoriam Richard Campbell)
for viol consort, 2011.
First performance: Fretwork, Richard Campbell's memorial concert, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, 28th November, 2011.

 

Four Songs (2013)
for soprano and piano
Commissioned by Jane Wilkinson
First performance, January, 2013

Coniunctio for piano (2013)
Joint commission from Beaumaris Festival and Clare Hammond
First performance: Beaumaris Festival, May, 2014

 

Afternoon of Fools for string trio (2014)
Commissioned by Anima Collective for Mechanika project
First performance: Brunel Tunnel, London. Oct. 2014

 

Eternity's White Flag for organ (2014)
Commissioned by Geoff Howells
First performance: tba

 

All Fools' Day for organ (2014)
Commissioned by Stuart Corrie
Fort Worth, Texas, USA, Dec. 12th, 2014

 

Get Weaving (opera) 2015-16 (libretto - Alison Prince)
Commissioned by the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
For soloists, chorus, ensemble and wind band. Chethams School of Music, Maghull Wind Orchestra, Resurrection School choir and the Bridgewater Singers, conducted by Michael Betteridge
First performance, April 24th, 2016 Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

 

Northern Soul (2016)

for Cornett, Baroque violin, sackbut, viola da gamba and chamber organ
Commissioned and performed by In Echo
First performance, Dartington, Aug. 2nd, 2016

 

Loud Lament

for English Cornet and Sackbut Ensemble. Commissioned by ECSE and Purbeck Festival. Purbeck Festival, June 1st, 2018.

Hast du denn, Jesu

William Whitehead. Commissioned by Orgelbuchlein Project. Oundle Festival, July, 2018.

Thank you, Captain
for three bass clarinets
Commissioned by Ian Mitchell and Benslow Music Trust. First performance Spring, 2019

Psalm 121
for SSA
Commissioned by Schola Hyberniae.
First performance St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, August, 2019

 

Immanuel Variation
for solo flute
The Bridge, Celbridge
December 15th, 2019


 

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Arrangements

Trio (King Crimson) Ren. Flute, viol and lute 2001
(Recorded by Virelai on Sad Steps CD. [RVR])
Commissioned by Virelai. First performance: Royal Academy of Music, London, 2002

 

Pie Jesu (Robert Fripp) strings 2002

 

Being and Becoming (Robert Fripp) orchestra 2002

 

Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (King Crimson) orchestra 2003

 

Red (King Crimson) strings, bass guitar &drums 2003

 

Dangerous Curves (King Crimson) orchestra 2003

 

Black Light (Robert Fripp) strings 2003

 

Midnight Blue (Robert Fripp) strings 2003

 

Miserere Mei (Robert Fripp) SATB & orchestra 2003
(All broadcast on Dutch Radio, 2004)
All commissioned by the Holland Festival. First performance: The Metropole Orchestra, Amsterdam, 2003.

Matt Seattle - Lindisfarne for border pipes and string quartet. Included on Matt Seattle's Border Seasons CD (Dragonfly Music, 2001)

Ashley Hutchins - Harvest Will Come for brass band. (Included on Ashley Hutchins - Human Nature CD (Talking Elephant, 2003)

Belisha - Symphony in White

for brass, percussion and strings, 2008

 

Tim Bowness - Abandoned Dancehall Dreams (2014)

 

Evening Star (Robert Fripp and Brian Eno) 2010
for soprano sax, electric guitar, vibes, piano, violin, cello and double-bass
Commissioned by Contact Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
First performance – recording, May, 2010

 

Pie Jesu (Robert Fripp) arranged for SSAA. Commissioned by Excelsa Voces. First performance, Tewkesbury Abbey, October, 2018.

 

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In preparation:

Work for saxophone and wind orchestra.