Vic Hoyland

ESEM Endymion 60th Biography

In transit - Vixen


Vic Hoyland (b. 1945)
" of the most distinctive voices of his generation in British music... Hoyland studied of York University in the late 1960s and early I970s. There his main composition teacher was Bernard Rands, and it was Rands' enthusiasms for all things Italian (Rands had been taught by Dallopiccolo and Berta) that left the most indelible impression on Hoyland's music. Other composers went into the stylistic blender as well — diverse influences like Satie, Stravinsky, Feldman — but it was the music of Berio and Donatoni especially that shaped his music most tellingly. Yet from the start all these ingredients were integrated into a highly personal language. Hoyland's music has always been modernist rather than post-modern, and, though his preoccupations have changed — in the early 1980s he was fascinated by music theatre, more recently he has concentrated on abstract instrumental works — its unforbidding rigour and sonorous beauty have been constants."
Andrew Clements, The Guardian In transit - Vixen, CD of the Week

Born in Yorkshire in 1945. Vic Hoyland's earliest interests were painting, calligraphy and architecture, but after completing an Arts degree of Hull University he decided to concentrate on music. He undertook a doctorate at York University where his tutors were Robert Sherlaw Johnson and Bernard Rands. From 1980-1983 he was Haywood Fellow at Birmingham University: then after two years at York University he returned to the music department at Birmingham as senior lecturer and is currently Professor in Composition.

Commissions have come from many festivals — Aldeburgh, Almeida, Bath, Cheltenham, Huddersfield, South Bank and York — from organisations such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra and groups such as Lontono, the Arditti Quartet, Lindsay Quartet, Endymion and Vocem. Recent pieces include Vixen for large orchestra which, together with In transit, was recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra for NMC Records. All of Vic Hoyland's music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His latest orchestral work Qibti was premiered at the Barbican on 18 December 2003, and he has recently completed a two-piano work for the BugaIlo-Williams duo. He is now working on the third large orchestral piece in his trilogy for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.