Colin Riley's work draws on a range of elements including improvisation, new technologies, song-writing and large-scale classical form. His work is impossible to categorize, embodying a genuine integration of stylistic approaches. As an established, but ever-questioning figure within the contemporary music scene over the last 20 years he has cut an independent path through many layers of trends and styles.
He is currently writing a new double ‘cello concerto for Gabriella Swallow and Guy Johnston with the Manchester Camerata. Other current commissions include works for flautist Carla Rees, clarinetist Gareth Davis, Harpist Helen Breshand, and pianist Matthew Schellhorn.
As well as being Senior Lecturer at Brunel University, he is also a committed advocate of the emerging and up and coming in the new music scene and has been a mentor for the Making Music’s Adopt A Composer Scheme for the last thirteen years. He also writes a regular blog about composing called Riley Notes.
‘Beautiful, clever and direct’ Classical Music Magazine
‘Tantalising new territory’ The Times
Newest selected publications
Riley, CJ. (2013) 'Hanging In The Balance'.
Riley, CJ. (2012) 'Here'. Album.
Riley, C. (2009) 'Skin and wire'.
Riley, C. (2008) 'Fold'.
Riley, C. (2008) 'The big sound symphony'.