Dr Ryan Latimer BMus, MMus, PhD

Dr Ryan Latimer

Lecturer in Music

I am a composer, primarily of instrumental and vocal music.  I have written for variety of forces ranging from music for orchestras, choirs and ensembles; to opera and theatre; and more recently, for dance. I am also a passionate collaborator and actively seek out and encourage creative partnerships with practitioners from other disciplines.


  • PhD Royal Academy of Music
  • MMus in Composition. Birmingham Conservatoire
  • BMus in Composition, Birmingham Conservatoire


As a composer, my music has been performed throughout the UK and Europe by leading ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, BCMG, Orkest de Ereprijs (Netherlands), Warszawska Opera Kameralna (Poland) and the Workers Union Ensemble, with whom I was Composer-in-Association during 2014. I was recently in residence with the BBC Symphony Orchestra as part of the Sound and Music Embedded Scheme and my new work for the orchestra was performed in March 2016 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. I have most recently been a resident composer with the collaborative dance group, Cohan Collective.  

My recent composition, Moby Dick, written for the London Sinfonietta in 2014, features on NMC Recordings’ Next Wave album, showcasing the diverse new work of twelve young composers. The same year saw the premiere of my first opera, Three Tall Tales of Doctor Monsieur Façade, commissioned by the Warsaw Chamber Opera in Poland.

Graduating in 2012 from Birmingham Conservatoire, receiving the Musicians’ Union ‘Bill Warman’ Award, Bachelor of Music Award and Composition Prize, I then went on to pursue an AHRC funded Ph.D. at the Royal Academy of Music. My work is published by Composers Edition.


I teach across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including:

  • Paper Composition
  • Advanced Studies in Instrumental/Vocal Composition
  • Contemporary Music Studies
  • Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently supervising postgraduate composers completing composition portfolios and dissertations. I would be happy to supervise students interested in instrumental/vocal composition and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Find out more - our Music postgraduate study  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My research specialism is composition. I have a particular interest in the notion of compositional "play" and what I hope is clear from my work is simply my readiness to embrace music in all its various shapes and sizes.

It is important to me to engage critically and openly with the diversity of influences that have informed my own personal understanding and appreciation of music - from early childhood curiosities, to partial musical memories, to more current interests. To some extent this is the case for all composers, though I do consciously try to engage more actively with these influences, leaving clear traces of them close to the musical surface whilst exposing or confounding their particular qualities by playfully - and often energetically - bringing them together.

Through the use of parody, discontinuity, the manipulation of established forms, allusion, and combining classical and popular musics, this playfulness manifests not only in the stylistic and structural aspects of my work but equally in the underpinning creative process itself. 

Other activities

Further information about my work can be found at www.ryanlatimer.com


Notable performances and publications

  • New Commission (2016-18) commissioned by Crouch End Festival Chorus and BBC Concert Orchestra. Premiered in February 2018, Barbican Hall, London. Due to be published by Composers Edition.
  • Gorilla and Orange Sun (2016) commissioned by City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, cond. Jamie Philips. Premiered on 15 April 2016, Birmingham. Published by Composers Edition.
  • Antiarkie (2016) commissioned by BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sound & Music, cond. Pierre-Andre Valade. Premiered on 25 March 2016, London. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Due to be published by Composers Edition.
  • Because the Bee May Blameless Hum (2016) commissioned by Eo Nomine. Premiered on 2 March 2016, London. Recorded and released by Listenpony. Published by Composers Edition.
  • Mills Mess (2015) commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music. Premiered by the Manson Ensemble, cond. Oliver Knussen. Premiered on 30 January 2015, London. Published by Composers Edition.
  • Hibou (2015) commissioned by Zelkova Quartet and St John Smith’s Square. Premiered on 30 April 2015. Published by Composers Edition.
  • Moby Dick (2014) commissioned by London Sinfonietta and Sound & Music. Recorded and released by NMC Recordings 27 November 2014. Published by Composers Edition.
  • King (2014) commissioned by the Workers Union Ensemble, cond. Ben Oliver. Toured 18-21 February 2015, London, Leeds and Southampton. Published by Composers Edition.
  • Horn Scale (2013) commissioned by Total Brass and Park Lane Group. Premiered on 13 December 2013, Queen Elisabeth Hall, London. Published by Composers Edition.
  • Divertimento (2013) commissioned by Britten Sinfonia and Wigmore Hall. Premiered on 9 April 2013. Published by Composers Edition.
  • Rhapsody (2013) for London Symphony Orchestra, cond. François-Xavier Roth. Premiered on 11 March 2013, London. Published by Composers Edition.
  • Chloe (2012) for violinist, Darragh Morgan. Premiered at the Austrian Cultural Forum on 13 April 2012, London. Published by Composers Edition.
  • Hocket Box (2011) commissioned by Orkest de Ereprijs. Premiered at the Gaudeamus New Music Festival on 12 September 2011, the Netherlands. Broadcast on VPRO Dutch Radio. Published by Composers Edition.
  • The Primate Horrific or Jumpity Jim Hath Little Intelligence (2011) commissioned by the Workers Union Ensemble, cond. Ben Oliver. Premiered on 5 March 2011, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham. Published by Composers Edition.

Recordings and broadcasts

  • Mills Mess - Brno Philharmonic Orchestra: Ablaze Records, Dec 2016.
  • Chloe - Carmine M. Rizzi: RMN Classical, Dec 2016.
  • Because the Bee May Blameless Hum - Eo Nomine: Listenpony, Nov 2016.
  • Antiarkie - BBC Symphony Orchestra: BBC Radio 3, March 2016.
  • Moby Dick - London Sinfonietta: NMC Recordings, November 2014.
  • Divertimento - Britten Sinfonia: BBC Radio 3, April 2013.
  • Hocket Box - Orkest de Ereprijs: Resonance FM, February 2013. VPRO Radio 4. Netherlands, September 2012.
  • The Primate Horrific... - Workers Union Ensemble: Iranian Television, April 2012.
  • Rotten Music - Orkest de Ereprijs: VPRO Radio 4, Netherlands, February 2011.

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