JAMES STEVENS studied
with the late great at the Guildhall School of Music in London, with at the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique in Paris and
privately at her own special behest, without fee and at her prime
time, with , the teacher to whom composers from all over the world
At the Guildhall he won the Wainwright Prize as
"composer of the year" and subsequently the Royal Philharmonic Prize
for his first symphony.
Later he won the Boston-based Lili Boulanger
Memorial Award "for composers of exceptional talent and integrity",
the Mendelssohn Scholarship, the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai International
Award in Tokyo for his buddhist requiem , and was nominated for a BAFTA award with his music for
a BBC TV series.
He was the only British composer to be selected
by the international jury for the fiftieth anniversary of the
Interntional Society for Contemporary Music, in the same year as he
had a number one in the "pop" charts, Exploding Galaxy.
He has always worked "across the board" from
out-and-out "pop" through jazz, film and TV scores, to serious
concert music, and has written two musicals one of which, MAM'ZELLE
NITOUCHE, has been staged several times, and an opera.
His latest work, so far unperformed, a piece of
some duration, is a product of his acquaintance with the writings and
personality of the controversial Japanese writer, Yukio Mishima, in
which he explores in words (his own) and music, the nature of human
personality, and the nature of time in this context. It is entitled
THE RELUCTANT MASQUERADE.
Although he appreciates that music is probably
the most emotive of all the art forms, his sole regret is that, being
an esoteric, non-symbolic medium, is is impossible to express his
concern with the humanties except by the addition of words, visuals
or some other extra-musical element.
He was recently Head of the Churchill Society
Music Department, and is also known for his writings and
Audio excerpts from his works are as
Celebration for the