Christopher Mayo is a Canadian composer living and working in London. He was the recipient of the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal’s Génération 2010 Audience Prize, the 2005 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition prize and a Serge Garant Award in the 2005 SOCAN Awards for Young Composers. Christopher was appointed as the first composer-in-residence at Tatton Park in 2006-2007. As a member of the Camberwell Composers’ Collective, Christopher was a New Music Associate at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge for 2008-2010.
Born in Toronto in 1980, Christopher studied at the University of Toronto where he was awarded the Glenn Gould Composition Prize and the William Erving Fairclough Scholarship on the way to earning an Honours Bachelor of Music degree. He relocated to London in 2003, where he obtained a Master of Music in Composition from the Royal College of Music studying with Julian Anderson. In 2006 Christopher began doctoral studies at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Philip Cashian.
Recent projects include works for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Esprit Orchestra, the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal +, Tête à Tête, Tatton Park, The St Paul’s Sinfonia, the London Handel Festival, Michael Collins and the Dante Quartet, the Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize, arraymusic and
a work for the NMC songbook recorded and released on NMC records. Christopher’s music has been performed at Faster Than Sound, the Cheltenham Festival, the Toronto New Wave Festival, Kettle’s Yard, the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival and the Aldeburgh Festival. Christopher collaborated with Matthew Herbert on his ‘One Day’ project for the London Sinfonietta and he also appeared in the BBC 2 documentary Classic Goldie where he assisted English drum and bass star Goldie with his commission for the 2009 BBC Proms.
Upcoming projects include a new vocal work for the Dawn Upshaw and Donnacha Dennehy Young Artists Concert at Carnegie Hall, a multimedia work incorporating film and electronics for the Motion Ensemble, a new work for the New York-based TRANSIT, a new orchestral work for the London Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2010 Panufnik Scheme and a new work for the combined forces of ACME and L’arsenale for the 2011 MATA Festival.