CitySound Concert: That Music Always Round Me

CitySound Voices is delighted to announce the commission of That Music always Round me composed by Mark Boden to celebrate our fifth anniversary.

The world premier performance will take place on Saturday 6th May as part of our anniversary concert in St Stephen’s Chruch, Bath, conducted by Ruth McKibbin.

That Music Always Round Me

Walt Whitman1819 – 1892

That music always round me, unceasing, unbeginning, yet long
untaught I did not hear,
But now the chorus I hear and am elated,
A tenor, strong, ascending with power and health, with glad notes
of daybreak I hear,
A soprano at intervals sailing buoyantly over the tops of immense
A transparent base shuddering lusciously under and through the
The triumphant tutti, the funeral wailings with sweet flutes and
violins, all of these I fill myself with,
I hear not the volumes of sound merely, I am moved by the
exquisite meanings,
I listen to the different voices winding in and out, striving,
contending with fiery vehemence to excel each other in
I do not think the performers know themselves—but now I think I
begin to know them.

About Mark Boden

Mark David Boden graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2008, continuing his studies as a scholar at the Royal College of Music studying with Ken Hesketh and graduating with Distinction from the MMus course in 2011.

During his time at RWCMD, Mark was the recipient of several awards including the Dr David Harries Memorial Award (2006), the Eirwen Thomas Scholarship (2007) and the Composition Prize (2008). He has since been awarded a Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal (2008), the Composer’s of Wales William Mathias Composition Prize (2009), the British Composer Awards (BASCA) Student Competition (2010) and the University of St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Composition Competition (2011). In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious John Clementi Collard Fellowship from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Mark has been commissioned ensembles including London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hebrides Ensemble, Sinfonia Cymru and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Several works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, including Six Degrees, Siegfried Stanzas, Fuochi Distanti and Ghyll. His music has been performed in festivals across the UK and Europe by a variety of musicians and ensembles including Camerata Nordica (Sweden), NEXUS Reed Quintet (Switzerland), Quatour Tana (Belgium) and violinist Bartosz Woroch (Poland).

Mark is currently a lecturer in music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and was Sir William Walton Trust Junior Fellow in Composition between 2012 and 2014.

He is published by Cadenza Music