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Mills: Summer Waves, Vol. 4

By Allison Back

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By Allison Back, Andrew Marlow, Caroline Williams, Charlotte Munro, Hugh Webb, Katie Samways, Peter Sulski, Philip Edwards, Richard Hand, Samantha Ellis, Simon Stewart, Tim Pells, Tom Dupre, Tony Sions, and Paul Gregory. By Barry Mills. Classical, Avant-Garde. Classical. Listening CD. Naxos #CC5153-2. Published by Naxos (NX.CC5153-2).

Item Number: NX.CC5153-2

Barry Mills was born in Plymouth in 1949 and is for the most part self-taught as a composer. He obtained a degree in Biochemistry from Sussex University in 1971 and returned to Sussex to pursue an MA in music in 1976-77 studying Analysis with David Osmond-Smith and David Roberts and Composition with Colin Mathews and Ann Boyd. His present lifestyle consists of working as delivery postman in Brighton, an early morning job, and composing in the afternoons. Three albums of his chamber music were released on the Claudio Contemporary Label in 1994: "Mosaics"(Vol.3), "Under the Stars"(Vol.2) and "Morning Sea" (Vol.1). Recent new releases include Elan Valley (Vol.5) & Mills Vol.6. The orchestral piece "Tartano" was performed by Jiri Mikula and the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in Olomouc, the Czech Republic in 1997 and recorded by them for the Vienna Modern Masters Label. The pianist Thalia Myers commissioned "Clouds" from him for the Associated Board collection of contemporary British piano music "Spectrum 2" in 1998. Abigail Hyde-Smith premiered this piece at the Wigmore Hall at the launch of this publication and the piece was recorded by Thalia Myers for the double album "Spectrum" for the NMC label. Barry Mills music has been broadcast and performed in England and Switzerland and performances have also taken place in Italy and the Czech Republic.

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