Steven Kings was born in Worcester in 1962. He studied composition with Robin Holloway and Hugh Wood at Cambridge University, and with George Nicholson and Alfred Nieman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His compositions include Snapshots for flute, saxophone, 'cello, double bass and percussion, which won the Young Composers' Competition at the 1985 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and was performed there by Lontano conducted by Odaline de la Martinez. In 2002, red land spring was a prize winner in the Tong Piano Duet Competition, and was performed in Tokyo and London. His haiku mass, written for and performed by Bristol Choral Society, was shortlisted for a British Composer Award in 2003.
Several of his works have been shortlisted by the SPNM, including Phantasy V for Clarinet (1984), Deviation-Norm for Horn (1986), Window Waiting for Tenor, Choir and String Quartet (1991), and Passion Games for viola (1999). His setting of the canticles, Songs of Mary and Simeon, was commissioned by the Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir and was performed by them during the 2005 Three Choirs Festival. He has recently completed a number of other commissioned works. Further information can be found on Stevenís website, at www.stevenkings.co.uk.
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