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Dr Neal Farwell


Neal Farwell gained his PhD in composition from the University of East Anglia, studying with Simon Waters. In 1998 he moved to the USA as a Knox Fellow at Harvard University where he studied with Bernard Rands and Mario Davidovsky, and with David Rakowski at Brandeis University. Since January 2002, Neal has taught at the University of Bristol, where he is Reader in Composition and Director of the Composition and Recording Studios. 

Neal is active also as a conductor, and works regularly with the Bristol University Symphony Orchestra and the University New Music Ensemble. His repertoire includes composers as varied as Brahms and Birtwistle, Britten and Takemitsu, Stravinsky and Vaughan Williams, and he has directed many first performances of music by up-and-coming composers.

From 2013-2015, Neal was Deputy Head (Teaching and Learning) of the School of Arts at the University of Bristol.