about

Jonathan Daglish is an 18 year old composer, sound designer and software developer from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Jonathan has experience writing for a wide range of forces and genres, with an emphasis on telling stories through music. Groups Jonathan’s music has been played by include Royal Marines Band Plymouth, musicians at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra, Balcarras School Wind Ensemble and for professional musicians at a concert at the Purcell School. Jonathan also builds sample libraries for Kontakt 6, focusing on contemporary sound design. 

Recently Jonathan has written for violinist Yu Yasuraoka, musicians at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and for the Conservatoire’s BA1 Stage Management and Technical Theatre Course’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ evening. Jonathan continues to compose independently and at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he studies under Tic Ashfield, Michael McCartney and Mark Boden.    

RECENT
EVENTS 

Read about upcoming and past events where my music has been performed live.

Shards was an orchestral piece performed by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s repertoire orchestra, conducted by Yi Yun Soo. 

Read more, view the score and listen here

Shards

 

I was asked to write music for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Stage Management and Technical Theatre course’s BA1 project – themed around Alice in Wonderland. I was given the brief of fantasy like background music while people immersed themselves with actors portraying characters from the film, activities such as croquet and exploring transformed venues at the Conservatoire including studios, theatres and corridors.

Featuring live music, drinks, crazy croquet and more…

You can find information about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2598887020147236/

You can listen and see pictures in my portfolio here: https://jonathandaglish.net/pf/colors-of-wonderland/ 

‘Final Call’ was written for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama‘s ‘Soundbar’ concert series. I wrote this piece specifically for the accoustic of the Conservatoire’s foyer where my piece was to be performed, so tried to fully exploit the big space with lots of percussive effects which would reverberate to create a warm dense sound. This piece is my first venture into ‘Granular Synthesis’ and explores the concept of time, pulling it back and forth, eventually reaching a stable point. Sounds originally used in the granular synthesizer include a tenor saxophone and a piano! I also warped a lot of recordings for this piece such as vocal ‘Oohs’ and bass drum rolls.

Listen to the piece: https://jonathandaglish.net/pf/final-call/

Find out more about the concert here https://www.rwcmd.ac.uk/whats_on/events/sound_bar-11.aspx 

I started studying Music Composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music in 2019 and heard about the ‘Soundbar’ series of concerts at the Conservatoire. I went to work and made a piece in about 5 days!

“Triple Threat!” includes custom warped EXS24 Synthesizers created out of field recordings from Bute Park. Following this, I then built a piece around the synthesizers and added additional Electronic elements based around the timbre and atmosphere of the custom instruments.

“Triple Threat!” was premiered October 3rd 2019 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama ‘Soundbar’ concert series. You can listen to “Triple Threat!” here.

As part of the Sound and Music Summer School 2019 I was tasked to write a piece in under a week for Flute, Clarinet, VIolin and Cello.

You can find out more about ‘Spring’ here: https://jonathandaglish.net/pf/spring/ 

Back in March of 2019, Royal Marines Band Plymouth came to Gloucestershire and played my work for concert band, Life’s Negotiator, in part of a suite of contemporary pieces for wind ensemble. Below is a short extract of my piece being performed.

This was a very enlightening experience and writing for live musicians is such a great opportunity.

 

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