< I am a composer based in the UK. My music, usually for chamber ensembles, aims to find new ways to engage performers in the creative process.Benjamin GaitTumblr (3.0; @benjamingait)/Further performances of 'Three inventions'<p>My recent piece for <a href="http://www.darkinventions.co.uk">Dark Inventions</a>, <em>Three inventions</em>, is being toured along with works by <a href="http://www.philipcashian.com">Philip Cashian</a>, <a href="https://soundcloud.com/patrickjohnjones">Patrick Jones</a>, <a href="http://www.stefconner.com">Stef Conner</a>, <a href="http://www.scheuregger.com">Martin Scheuregger</a> and <a href="http://www.christopherleedham.com">Christopher Leedham</a>, beginning next Thursday in Manchester. The full list of dates is:</p> <p>8th May - Manchester</p> <p>10th May - York</p> <p>11th May - Leeds</p> <p>12th May - Newcastle</p> <p>16th May - Liverpool</p> <p>I&rsquo;ll be at the Manchester gig, and hopefully one or two others too. Much more details including how to purchase tickets can be found <a href="http://www.darkinventions.co.uk/firewheel/">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="image" src="http://33.media.tumblr.com/5ed420dbbad75eb9c862b863cd296b52/tumblr_inline_n4y7clcRRe1qmco3q.jpg"/></p>/post/84516656823/post/84516656823Fri, 02 May 2014 14:11:00 +0100'Three inventions' premiered in Scarborough<p>My new piece for <a href="http://darkinventions.co.uk">Dark Inventions</a>, <em>Three inventions</em>, was premiered in a lovely concert at the Rotunda museum in Scarborough, alongside other contemporary works as well as pieces by Bach and Telemann. Below, you can see a video of a rehearsal from the day before, taken in the very dry acoustic of the Rymer Auditorium at the University of York. This is a run through of one third of the piece, in which the clarinet takes the lead and the other two musicians accompany. The musicians are <a href="http://www.jonathansage.co.uk">Jonathan Sage</a> (clarinet), <a href="http://www.ntsmusic.co.uk/NTS_Music/HOME.html">Neil Thomas Smith</a> (flute) and <a href="http://scheuregger.co.uk">Martin Scheuregger</a> (vibraphone, and co-director of Dark Inventions with <a href="http://www.christopherleedham.com">Christopher Leedham</a>, who made this video):</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="281" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/86797681" width="500"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/86797681">Benjamin Gait – Three Inventions (clarinet invention)</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/darkinventions">Dark Inventions</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> <p>In each &lsquo;invention&rsquo;, one musician plays a melodic line whilst the other two musicians devise an accompaniment from more ambiguous material. In the above invention, the flautist is presented with a loose staccato accompaniment, whilst the vibraphone has four different boxes of material which can be played at any point - soft glissandi (frequently), a soft two note chord (up to four times), echoing a clarinet note (occasional) and a loud four note chord (once only).</p>/post/77000049076/post/77000049076Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:23:34 +0000Two performances in February<p>Next month, I have two pieces being performed: in Scarborough, <a href="http://www.darkinventions.co.uk">Dark Inventions</a> will premiere a new piece of mine for flute, clarinet and percussion as part of <a href="http://www.coastival.com/dark-inventions.html">Coastival 2014</a> on 16th February, and in York on the 28th February my percussion piece from 2009, <a href="/mediceanstars">Medicean Stars</a>, will receive <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/242396482598142/?notif_t=plan_user_invited">another performance </a>by percussionists at the University of York.</p>/post/74278834687/post/74278834687Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:41:50 +0000Till night is overgone premiere, review and second performance<p><em>Till night is </em><em>overgone</em> was successfully premiered by Ensemble 10/10 last Wednesday 16th, and the Guardian was <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/oct/17/ensemble-1010-liverpool-review">there to review it</a>. The ensemble did a great job of controlling the pace of the piece, and managed to pull off the bar-less sections of the piece very effectively.</p> <p>They will be performing the piece (and indeed the exact same programme - works by my near namesake <a href="http://www.bengaunt.com">Ben Gaunt</a>, <a href="http://www.ianstephens.net/">Ian Stephens</a>, <a href="http://www.anthonygilbert.net">Anthony Gilbert</a>, <a href="http://www.hope.ac.uk/staff/pratts.html">Stephen Pratt</a>, <a href="http://www.ump.co.uk/composer%20pages/roxburgh.htm">Edwin Roxburgh</a> and the late <a href="http://www.schott-music.com/shop/persons/featured/12343/">Steve Martland</a>) again in Manchester on <a href="http://rncm.ac.uk/production/ensemble-1010/">Thursday 31st October, at the RNCM</a>. That concert is part of the quite ridiculous <a href="http://rncm.ac.uk/festivals/new-music-north-west/">New Music North West festival</a>, featuring the music of about 80 composers born or based in the North West of England.</p>/post/64467150327/post/64467150327Sat, 19 Oct 2013 11:14:00 +0100Till night is overgone<p>My new piece for Ensemble 10/10, <em>Till night is overgone</em>, will be premiered in Liverpool on the 16th October. Full details <a href="http://www.liverpoolphil.com/11669/events-classical-music/the-new-mersey-sound.html">here</a>. It will receive a second performance in Manchester a couple of weeks later, date and time TBC. </p> <p>This piece was written as part of a <a href="http://www.soundandmusic.org">Sound and Music</a> <a href="http://www.soundandmusic.org/projects/portfolio-spring-2013"><em>Portfolio</em></a> project, and is scored for an ensemble of clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, cello and double bass. The title is from a James Joyce poem from his collection <em><a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2817">Chamber Music</a></em>, and continues to explore similar musical ideas to my last large piece, <a href="/cloudchambermusic"><em>cloud chamber music</em></a>.</p>/post/51237138631/post/51237138631Fri, 24 May 2013 19:01:00 +0100Ensemble 10/10<p>Having handed in my PhD (for now) last week, I can now get back to writing music on a regular basis! My next piece will be for <a href="http://www.liverpoolphil.com/277/ensemble-1010/liverpool-philharmonics-contemporary-music-ensemble.html" rel="nofollow">Ensemble 10/10</a>, the contemporary music ensemble of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as part of the new Portfolio scheme by <a href="http://soundandmusic.org">Sound and Music</a>. It will be scored for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, cello and double bass, and performed some time in late 2013/early 2014.</p>/post/38320291266/post/38320291266Wed, 19 Dec 2012 19:42:15 +0000writing up/cloud chamber music recording<p>I am currently (hopefully) finishing off the PhD, and looking to submit in the next couple of months. I have also moved to South Manchester, having been at York for just under seven years&hellip;</p> <p>Also, a recording of cloud chamber music can now be found <a href="/cloudchambermusic">here</a> along with programme notes and other information. This is my latest and longest completed piece, written for soprano and guitar accompanied by four further instruments. It is written in quite a free way, allowing the performers to make many decisions. Do have a listen, and <a href="/contact">contact me</a> if you would like a score (of this or any other pieces!)</p>/post/31978082322/post/31978082322Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:27:44 +0100photo: a rehearsal ahead of the premier of my new piece, cloud...<img src="http://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m55ljvcIc61r28v0io1_500.jpg"/><br/><br/><p>photo: a rehearsal ahead of the premier of my new piece, <em>cloud chamber music</em>, earlier today. This piece was begun <a href="/post/11151838433/university-of-york-chamber-orchestra">last summer</a>, put on hold whilst I wrote <a href="/post/18185584240/recording-of-trees-and-paths-i-loved-fade">trees and paths…</a>, <a href="/post/18898272427/cloud-chamber-music">workshopped</a> in February and finished in early May. Recording (including video) and better photos to come. From l to r: Sarah Morpurgo, Jennifer Brady, Rob Carruthers, Rich Powell, Stef Conner, Paul Sild.</p>/post/24477134088/post/24477134088Tue, 05 Jun 2012 17:52:43 +0100Upcoming performances<p><strong>Tuesday 22nd May, 4pm</strong></p> <p>A piece that I wrote last year, <a href="/aino">Aino</a>, will be workshopped and performed by <a href="http://www.butler.edu/music/bios-faculty-staff/dr-douglas-e-spaniol/">Doug Spaniol</a>, who is currently at York on a Fulbright award. The piece was originally written for euphonium and vibraphone, and has now been rearranged for bassoon. </p> <p><strong>Tuesday 5th June, 1pm</strong></p> <p>World premiere of a new piece of mine, <a href="/cloudchambermusic">cloud chamber music</a>, for soprano, guitar and four instruments. <a href="http://www.stefconner.com/">Stef Conner</a> will be singing, and Rob Carruthers playing the guitar.</p> <p><strong>Monday 25th June, 1pm</strong></p> <p>Another premiere, of an as yet untitled/unwritten piece for ten cellos, split into two groups.</p> <p>All three take place in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall at the University of York.</p>/post/22579554328/post/22579554328Mon, 07 May 2012 10:21:42 +0100recent listening<p>Luke Bedford - Or voit tout en aventure</p> <p>Pierre Boulez - Le Marteau sans Maître</p> <p>Wolfgang Rihm - Astralis</p> <p>Busoni - Fantasia Contrappuntistica</p> <p>Haydn - Symphony No. 95 in C minor</p> <p>Berg - 3 Orchestral Pieces, Op. 6</p>/post/21711420236/post/21711420236Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:25:02 +0100York Spring Festival of New Music<p>The website for the York Spring Festival of New Music 2012, with full information on each concert in the festival, is now live at <a>http://www.yorkspringfestival.co.uk/2012/index.php</a></p> <p>There are several great-looking concerts and events, including a discussion of Saariaho's <em>Lichtbogen</em> (below) led by Dr Tim Howell. I chaired this festival 3 years ago, and it has continued to be organised by a student committee each year since. Do come along to some/all days of the festival if you can!</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Z9y1b91uVuA" width="420"></iframe></p>/post/19632871303/post/19632871303Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:59:00 +0000Video<iframe width="400" height="300" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8AXqKqTpRyc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br/><br/>/post/19180294004/post/19180294004Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:00:05 +0000cloud chamber music<p>The first two movements of <a href="/cloudchambermusic">cloud chamber music</a> were workshopped last month, and you can hear the recording below. The performers were Stef Conner (soprano), Rob Carruthers (guitar), Kara Krikorian (alto flute), Jenny Brady (Bb clarinet), Rich Powell (violin) and Paul Sild (cello). There will hopefully be a full performance, when the whole piece has been written, in the summer.</p> <p> <object height="136" width="100%"> <param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F1631918"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></object> <span><a href="http://soundcloud.com/benjamin-gait/sets/cloud-chamber-music">cloud chamber music</a> by <a href="http://soundcloud.com/benjamin-gait">Benjamin Gait</a></span></p>/post/18898272427/post/18898272427Wed, 07 Mar 2012 12:00:05 +0000recording of trees and paths I loved fade<p>with heartfelt thanks to the University of York Chamber Orchestra, John Stringer, Sarah Morpurgo and Jessica Conway:</p> <p> <object height="81" width="100%"> <param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F37677990&amp;"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></object> <span><a href="http://soundcloud.com/benjamin-gait/trees-and-paths-i-loved-fade" rel="nofollow">trees and paths I loved fade</a> by <a href="http://soundcloud.com/benjamin-gait">Benjamin Gait</a></span></p> <p><span>Movement II starts at 2:43, III at 7:02 and IV at 9:34.</span></p> <p>You can read more about the piece <a href="/treesandpaths">here</a>.</p>/post/18185584240/post/18185584240Fri, 24 Feb 2012 12:54:38 +0000trees and paths I loved fade<p>&hellip;is this Wednesday: buy tickets <a href="http://www.york.ac.uk/concerts/programme/universitychamberorchestra/" rel="nofollow">here</a>, and see the Facebook event <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/307654352617830/">here</a>. You can read more information about the piece, including a programme note, <a href="/treesandpaths">here</a>. The concert also includes Elgar, Martinu and Beethoven.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/70EjszFOAkE" width="420"></iframe></p>/post/17952017055/post/17952017055Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:56:50 +0000cloud chamber music workshop<p>As well as the upcoming premiere of my piece for chamber orchestra, <em>trees and paths I loved fade</em>, this coming Wednesday (15th Feb) a work in progress, <em>cloud chamber music</em>, will be workshopped by <a href="http://www.martinsuckling.com/" rel="nofollow">Martin Suckling</a>. I previously mentioned this piece <a href="/post/11151838433/university-of-york-chamber-orchestra">ages ago</a>, and have done very little work on it since due to the orchestral piece. It is for soprano, guitar and four instruments (alto flute, clarinet, violin, cello) and will (hopefully) ultimately consist of around 7 short songs. On Wednesday the introduction and first song will be workshopped, with <a href="http://www.stefconner.com/">Stef Conner</a> singing and Rob Carruthers on guitar. The workshop is part of a mini conference organised by <a href="http://scheuregger.co.uk/">Martin Scheuregger</a>, Facebook event for it is <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/240789519335825/">here</a>.</p>/post/17552093018/post/17552093018Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:59:20 +0000Facebook event here<img src="http://40.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzann246DS1r28v0io1_500.png"/><br/><br/><p>Facebook event <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/307654352617830/" rel="nofollow">here</a></p>/post/17501205014/post/17501205014Sun, 12 Feb 2012 19:04:00 +0000website expanded a bit<p>I&rsquo;ve spent most of today <del>procrastinating</del> updating my website, and now in the &ldquo;List of Works&rdquo; section you can click on many of the pieces in order to find out more information - premiere dates, programme notes, recordings etc. </p> <p>My chamber orchestra piece is now finished (to be premiered on February 22nd - see previous posts) and I am back to working on a song cycle, <em>cloud chamber music</em>, first mentioned back <a href="/post/11151838433/university-of-york-chamber-orchestra">here</a>.</p>/post/16760380130/post/16760380130Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:42:21 +0000trees and paths I loved fade<p>The premiere of my new piece <em>trees and paths I loved fade</em>, written for the University of York Chamber Orchestra, takes place towards the end of next month, on Wednesday 22nd February. It runs at about 12 minutes (hopefully, when I&rsquo;ve finished writing it), over four <em>attacca</em> movements.</p> <p>You can buy tickets for the concert, which also features concertos by Martinu and Elgar as well as Beethoven 8, <a href="http://www.york.ac.uk/concerts/programme/universitychamberorchestra/">here</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lx6giwCHtM1qmco3q.tiff"/></p> <p>The title comes from the poem set for soprano in the last movement of Schoenberg's second string quartet:</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/90cgDmMhh0E" width="420"></iframe></p>/post/15397921434/post/15397921434Fri, 06 Jan 2012 14:00:06 +0000Twilight Songs<p>Here is a recording of Twilight Songs, premiered last week in York. The singers are Simon Harper and Lucy Pickering, with the Chimera Ensemble conducted by James Whittle. Previous post about the piece <a href="/post/12324517527/upcoming-premiere-twilight-songs" rel="nofollow">here</a>.</p> <p> <object height="81" width="100%"> <param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F30708824"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></object> <span><a href="http://soundcloud.com/benjamin-gait/twilight-songs">Twilight Songs</a> by <a href="http://soundcloud.com/benjamin-gait">Benjamin Gait</a></span></p>/post/14268309672/post/14268309672Thu, 15 Dec 2011 18:06:00 +0000