A Composer for all Occasions
Frederick Paul Naftel was born in Manchester in 1956. He graduated from Manchester University in 1978 and received a Fellowship in Composition from Trinity College of Music,London in October 1980.
After working for a music publishing/record retailing company,Frederick became a Music Instructor for Manchester Education Committee,working at Parrs Wood High School and teaching percussion at a number of Music Centres.
Frederick's interest in composing began when he was fourteen and developed at University,where he specialised in this area. Although largely self-taught,he considers himself to be an "eclectic" composer,able to write in many styles and formats,as befits the occasion.
In February 1983,The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Edward Downes gave the premiere of Concerto No.2 for Orchestra and in September 1989,Frederick won first prize in the "Fanfare for the New North" Competition - Northern Lights for Percussion Ensemble was performed by members of The Halle Orchestra conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.
Pascal's Victim was written for the North West based tuba quartet TUBALATE, who performed the music at the 1999 Vale of Glamorgan Festival, Standish Arts Festival and at The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester in January 2000. His second work for Tubalaté, I Saw a Snake....,was premiered at The Hebden Bridge Arts Festival on 30 June 2000.Frederick's first work for brass band, Hullabaloo, has received much interest from the brass band world. Pascal's Victim has been recorded on the ensemble's own label, ASC-CD CS21 "Move".
Recent works include "Dithyramb" for marimba and piano(written at the suggestion of Evelyn Glennie) and in 2009, I completed the score for an experimental film titled "Sculpted", the music for which was commended by Nicholas Roeg. A Cello Concerto has attracted the attention of several performers,including Julian Lloyd Webber,Guy Johnston and Abi Blackman. My most recent work was composed especially for the Canadian violinist Sadie Fields and is entitled "Prelude and Capriccio".
I am willing to accept commissions for all types of works, for educational,amateur and professional use. Pieces can be tailored according to the specific instrumental or vocal forces you have available. Please contact me if you would like to discuss your ideas further.
Having previously composed incidental music for a video produced by the Domestic Violence Unit,I would be very keen to write music for advertisements,TV programmes and films. Of my existing works,both "Aubade Pastorale" and "Song of Songs" contain programmatic elements; respectively, an English pastoral landscape and a Biblical picture.
I can arrange many different types of music for any combination that is required.
- Simple arrangements for classroom instruments(from KS2 to KS3)
- More complex arrangements for GCSE/AS/A Level students
- Solo pieces to examination standard(any grade)
- Arrangements for extra-curricular ensembles(e.g. Recorders,Guitars and Percussion/Saxophone Quartet/String Ensemble/SATB Choir/Concert Band/Brass Band/Orchestra,etc.)
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