Elfyn Jones MMus (GSMD) is a UK-based opera maker, composer, sound designer, musical director and music educator, born and brought up in North Wales in a Welsh-speaking family but now resident in South West England. He has particular experience in composing music for the stage, including opera and music theatre. Elfyn composes to commission and offers workshops in composition, voice and percussion, and advisory and consultancy work. His clients have included WNO, ENO, Opera North, and BBC NOW. He is currently studying for a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, integrating sound design into opera composition. He is an Associate with Devon LDP Music Service, working with schools across Devon. He is also Artistic Consultant for South West Music School, working with exceptionally gifted young musicians from across South West England, and tutors in A level composition for Junior Trinity. Hear his music here.
Elfyn Jones has composed music to commission for Tête à Tête, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, ENO Baylis, National Dance Company of Wales and others. At ENO Baylis he was Artistic Director of The Hoxton Singers 1996-2006 and composed a number of musical theatre works for them including The Firebucket, Cinderella and The Hoxton Singers Radio Show. Additionally he composed songs and incidental music for four new plays for Spare Tyre Theatre Company 2000-2003. His String Quartet No.1 was recorded by Aylwin String Quartet in 2008; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performed his symphonic movement The Journey Part III in 2013. As Musical Director his credits include Brewhouse Young Company (The Secret Garden, Les Miserables, Around The World in 80 Days, Singin’ In The Rain), Crediton Arts Centre (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, The Shaughraun), as well as Sailors and Sweethearts and schools workshops for NT’s Warhorse at Theatre Royal Plymouth, and The Day We Played Brazil for Exeter Northcott. He was the original accompanist for Gareth Malone's BBC series Military Wives.
Works by Elfyn Jones:
Vicky and Albert solo opera for mezzo-soprano, piano and sound design: work in progress for PhD.
Her face was of flowers chamber opera based on the Blodeuwedd myth: work in progress for PhD.
Three new short operas for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, performed during 2014 by Vocal Department students.
St George Artist Recording Company commission 2013.
Awakening overture for chamber orchestra; Sinfonia Musicisti 2012.
The Trial of Jean Rhys opera; libretto by Eleanor Knight; scenes performed at Royal Opera House Opera:Exposure in 2011 and 2012, at Opera Europa in 2012, and at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2012 by Linda Hirst and World’s End Opera http://www.tete-a-tete.org.uk/the-trial-of-jean-rhys-2/
Nine Stories High Episodes 4-6; WNO MAX commission 2011-12 http://www.youtube.com/user/WNO9StoriesHigh
Fair and Softly Goes Far chamber piece for strings and percussion; WNO/NCDW commission for Summerdance 2011.
The Journey Symphony in 4 movements, premiered by de Havilland Philharmonic May 2011; 3rd movement performed by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 2 March 2013, as part of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra South West Composers’ Day.
Jacko’s Hour chamber opera; words TM Satterthwaite. Performed by Opera Engine September 11-12 2009 at Brighton Pavilion Theatre; September 15-19 2009 at Bridewell Theatre, London (commissioned by Opera North in 2003 as The Dead of Night for ON Resonance new opera showcase).
Measure for Measure songs & incidental music for Crediton Arts Centre Shakespeare in the Square production 2007.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream songs & incidental music for Crediton Arts Centre Shakespeare in the Square production 2005.
A Game of Cards song cycle; words TM Satterthwaite. ENO Baylis 2004.
Coming to Camden community theatre project; songs and incidental music for Same Meat Different Gravy, It’ll All Come Out in the Wash, Thank God for the Radio, Your Place; Spare Tyre Theatre Company 2000-2003.
Anniversaries song cycle. ENO Baylis commission 2002.
Songs of a Spinning World London Borough of Enfield commission 2001.
Multistory Machinations songs and incidental music; Art Start 2000.
The Nightjar short opera; words TM Satterthwaite Tete a Tete commission 1999 performed Battersea Arts Centre 1999, Bridewell Theatre 2001 and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2001.