Dominic Muldowney studied at York University and privately with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, who invited him to be his Assistant Music Director at the National Theatre, London in 1975. He succeeded Birtwistle as Director in 1981 and remained there for 16 years. He was also Composer in Residence at Southern Arts Association (1974-76) and, between 1996-98, was Composer in Association at the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square. The backbone of his orchestral music is an important sequence of concerti (for piano, saxophone, oboe, violin, percussion, trumpet and trombone) many of which explore his fascination with vernacular gestures and polyrhythmic experimentation. Recent commissions include Leaves on the Line, premiered at 2002 BBC Proms by The King’s Singers, The Fall of Jerusalem (2000) for Leeds Festival Chorus, Second Piano Concerto (2002) which was premiered by Angela Hewitt with Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Serenade for Horn and Strings written for Richard Watkins and The Goldberg Ensemble, Red Razzmatazz (Radio Opera, 2005), War Oratorio (Channel 4, 2008), Blues for Checkpoint Charlie (‘opera documentary’ for German Radio, 2009) and Six Cabaret Songs (BCMG commission, 2010).