Harrison Birtwistle

Composer + Musician
Born Jul 15, 1934
Age 80

Sir Harrison Paul Birtwistle CH is a British composer.

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1934 Birth Born in 1934.


1952 18 Years Old In 1952 he entered the Royal Manchester College of Music in Manchester on a clarinet scholarship. … Read More


1955 21 Years Old Birtwistle left the college in 1955 then studied at the Royal Academy of Music and afterwards made a living as a schoolteacher.
1957 23 Years Old In 1957 he spent a short period of time in the sales office of Bells Asbestos and Engineering in Slough.


1965 31 Years Old In 1965 a Harkness Fellowship gave him the opportunity to continue his studies in the United States and he decided to dedicate himself to composition.


1975 41 Years Old In 1975 Birtwistle became musical director of the newly established Royal National Theatre in London, a post he held until 1983. … Read More


1986 52 Years Old …  Related to this is the use of geological imagery to explain the structure of his 1986 orchestral piece Earth Dances. … Read More
1988 54 Years Old Although he had been honoured with a knighthood in 1988, two events brought him to public attention. … Read More


1995 61 Years Old Birtwistle gained notoriety in 1995 when Panic was premièred on a live BBC television broadcast, in a prominent and unusual setting, on the second half of the Last Night of the Proms, which traditionally features mainstream, popular and patriotic music. … Read More
2006 72 Years Old At the 2006 Ivor Novello Awards he criticised pop musicians at the event for performing too loudly and using too many clichés. … Read More
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