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Opus 1: Getting to know… Angus Vardy-White

Meet Angus Vardy-White, a creative from Cheshire who is really looking forward to writing for Britten Sinfonia as part of this year’s Opus 1 scheme.


  • What are you looking forward to about being part of Opus 1?

I’m looking forward to having great musicians turn my Musescore midi file into a living entity. I haven’t had this opportunity many times but the times I’ve workshopped my pieces have all been incredibly enlightening.


  • Who has been your biggest musical influence so far?

I’ve been influenced by numerous people, but my biggest will likely be the same as many other young musicians composing today – Jacob Collier.


  • What inspires you to compose?

I’m inspired by the feeling of pure fulfilment that I have when I create a sound world that I love. It’s like building a house and then living in it.


  • How did you get into composition?

I have played since a young age and started using cubase when I was 17. I found composing to be a more technical and deep pursuit for me than performing.

  • Why do you think creating new music is important?

I still think that interesting new realms are always to be discovered, and we have to keep experimenting to discover them.

  • What is the hardest thing about being a composer?

The hardest thing about being a composer is that not only do you have to compose music you think is good, but that you also have to decide for yourself what makes a composition good.


  • What’s your biggest compositional ambition?

My biggest ambition would be to write an orchestral score for a feature film.


  • What 3 pieces of music would you have to have on your desert island?

Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Steve Reich’s Sextet
Jon Hassell’s Blue Period


  • What is the best snack?

Crackers and Cheese (The soundtrack to Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is also a personal favourite)


You can hear some of Angus’s music on his Soundcloud page.

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